May 2, 2016 14:14
LEICESTER CITY ARE 2015-16 ENGLAND PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Leicester City are the Premier League champions for the 2015 - 2016 season and title celebrations are taking place in Leicester.
Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri and his side will get to celebrate their Cinderella run to an incredible victory against all odds at home with their fans on Saturday, as the Foxes host Everton at the King Power Stadium.
Winning Leicester manager Ranieri’s favorite poem as a child was if by Ruyard Kipling. After being sacked by Chelsea 16 years ago, Ranieri kept his dignity and has earned the top attainment in English football, and has his sites on European football glory in the Champions League next season.
“That Kipling poem is fantastic,” said Ranieri. “Victory and defeat are bedfellows. I am an experienced manager, and I know that the crucial thing is balance: not to be too high when you are on top, and not to be too low when you are down. Maybe I will give the poem to my players.”
When Ranieri's side kept a clean sheet this season, they celebrated not with champagne, but by going out for pizza.
After Premier League leaders Leicester City failed to defeat sixth place superclub Manchester United and win the Premier League title on Sunday, ending up with a 1-1 draw in Week 36 and putting the pressure on the Spurs, Chelsea drew 2-2 with Tottenham on Monday giving Leicester City their first Premier League championship in their 132 year history. Anthony Martial opened the scoring for Man United and Leicester skipper Wes Morgan scored the equalizer. Danny Drinkwater was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Tottenham Hotspur met arch-rivals FC Chelsea in a hard-fought fiesty London Derby drawing even with the Blues, and losing their chance in the title race. As a result, The Foxes are crowned 2015-16 Premier League Champions and the title race is over for this season. The game was marred by some ugly incidents that may result in some Spurs players being banned for the upcoming match with Southampton.
Leicester City was almost sure to win the EPL trophy one way or the other - and the Foxes have already sealed their first-ever place in the elite Champions League tournament for the 2016 - 2017 season.
Leicester were finally rewarded after the Foxes continued to dream big throughout the season as they battled all the way from almost being relegated to winning the 2016 England Premier League title. Tottenham are in second place.
The Foxes only needed 3 more points to win the EPL silverware if Tottenham Hotspur had won on Monday.
The Spurs are still in the fight for a top-four spot along with Arsenal, Man City, Man United, West Ham, and Liverpool.
Tottenham next face a battle for 2nd place, as Arsenal only trail by three points. Tottenham will face Southampton, but after the incidents that plagued Monday's game with Chelsea, manager Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino may be missing a couple of players.
Leicester City's top goal scorer Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy grabbed his 22nd goal of the season. Vardy always seems passionate and full of energy in every match.
“My friend in Italy asked me what has this Vardy,” said Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri. “To explain I said, ‘I believe if Vardy takes a light bulb, the bulb switches on – he is electric!”
“Jamie is electric. It’s good energy – I bring him into my house so I don’t pay the electricity,” added Ranieri.
Leicester City’s top goal scorer Jamie Vardy was voted Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association for being key to Claudio Ranieri’s side’s amazing record-breaking season.
Vardy has scored 22 goals and scored in 11 consecutive league games to date this season.
“It’s a great honor to win such a prestigious award and to have my name added to a list of previous winners that includes some unbelievable players. Thank you to the Football Writers’ Association and to everyone that voted," Vardy said. “Thank you also to my team-mates, who are the reason I’ve been able to achieve anything.
"It’s been an amazing season for all of us at Leicester, based on the team-work not individuals, which you can see in the voting. Thanks also to the manager, all the staff and the fans for their support,” added Vardy. "We’re all totally focused on getting over the line in the final two weeks of the season and turning a great season into one we’ll never forget. Hopefully I can contribute to that and, if selected, carry some good form into the Euros this summer.”
“Dilly-ding, dilly-dong”, Claudio Ranieri, Leicester City manager
Claudio Ranieri exclaimed about his pride and happiness after learning his side are the Premier League Champions.
New King of England, Claudio Ranieri said: “I’m so proud. I’m happy for my players, for the chairman, for the staff at Leicester City, all our fans and the Leicester community. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m so happy for everyone.”
“I never expected this when I arrived. I’m a pragmatic man, I just wanted to win match after match and help my players to improve week after week. Never did I think too much about where it would take us,” added Ranieri. “The players have been fantastic. Their focus, their determination, their spirit has made this possible. Every game they fight for each other and I love to see this in my players. They deserve to be champions.”
Jamie Vardy tried to describe how he feels about winning the Premier League.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling, I’ve never known anything like it. We were scrapping to stay in the league last season and on Saturday we’ll be lifting the trophy. That gives you an idea of how much hard work has gone into this season from every single player and member of staff,” said Vardy. “It’s the biggest achievement in the history of a great club and we all feel privileged to be part of it. It’s even more special to have done it with these lads. Every minute of hard work we’ve put in on the training pitch has been worth it for this moment.”
Wes Morgan, Foxes skipper, said: “It’s the best feeling of my career and I couldn’t be prouder that it’s as part of this team. Everyone’s worked so hard for this, nobody believed we could do it, but here we are, Premier League champions and deservedly so.”
After EPL Week 36, Leicester City are in first place with 77 points at the top of the table. The Spurs are in second with 70 points. Arsenal has 67 points, Man City has 64 points; Man United has 60 points, and West Ham 59 points.
Premier League top goal scorer Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur
Top Premier League Goal Scorers in the 2015 – 2016 Season as of May 2, 2016
Harry Kane 25 goals / 1 assist (Tottenham Hotspur).
Sergio Aguero 23 goals / 2 assists (Manchester City).
Jamie Vardy 22 goals / 6 assists (Leicester City).
Romelu Lukaku 16 goals / 8 assists (Everton).
Riyad Mahrez 17 goals / 11 assists (Leicester City).
Odion Ighalo 14 goals / 3 assists (Watford).
Jermain Defoe 14 goals / 1 assist (Sunderland).
Olivier Giroud 12 goals / 5 assists (Arsenal).
Alexis Sanchez 12 goals / 4 assists (Arsenal).
Diego Costa 11 goals / 6 assists (Chelsea).
Troy Deeney 11 goals / 6 assists (Watford);
Marko Arnautovie 11 goals / 5 assists (Stoke City).
Gylfi Sugurdsson 11 goals / 3 assists (Swansea City).
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ENGLAND PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS as of 5.8.2016
Leicester City Tickets & Results
To date, first place Foxes have 80 points in the 2015-16 EPL season.
April 24 Leicester City 4 - 0 Swansea City King Power Stadium
May 1 Manchester United 1 - 1 Leicester City Old Trafford
May 7 Leicester City 3 - 1 Everton King Power Stadium
May 15 Chelsea v Leicester City Tickets Stamford Bridge
Tottenham Hotspur Tickets & Results
To date, second place Spurs have 70 points in the 2015-16 EPL season.
April 25 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1 West Bromwich Albion White Hart Lane
May 2 Chelsea 2 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur Stamford Bridge
May 8 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 2 Southampton White Hart Lane
May 15 Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur Tickets St James Park
Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud
Arsenal Tickets & Results
To date, third place Gunners have 68 points in the 2015-16 EPL season.
April 21 Arsenal 2 - 0 West Bromwich Albion Emirates Stadium
April 24 Sunderland 0 - 1 Arsenal Stadium of Light
April 30 Arsenal 1 - 0 Norwich City Emirates Stadium
May 8 Manchester City 2 - 2 Arsenal Etihad Stadium
May 15 Arsenal v Aston Villa Tickets Emirates Stadium
Kun Aguero, Manchester City
Manchester City Tickets & Results
To date, fourth place Man City have 65 points in the 2015-16 EPL season.
April 19 Newcastle United 1 - 1 Manchester City St James Park
April 24 Manchester City 4 - 0 Stoke City Etihad Stadium
May 1 Southampton 4 - 2 Manchester City St Marys Stadium
May 8 Manchester City 2 - 1 Arsenal Tickets Etihad Stadium
May 15 Swansea City v Manchester City Tickets Liberty Stadium
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
Manchester United Tickets & Results
To date, fifth place Man United have 63 points in the 2015-16 EPL season.
April 20 Manchester United 2 - 0 Crystal Palace Old Trafford
April 23 FA Cup Semi-Final 1: Everton 1 - 2 Manchester United
May 1 Man United 1 - 1 Leicester City Old Trafford - Manchester
May 7 Norwich City 0 - 1 Manchester United Carrow Road
May 10 West Ham United 3 - 2 Manchester United Boleyn Ground
May 15 Manchester United v Bournemouth Tickets Old Trafford
Steven Davis, Southampton
Southampton Tickets & Results
To date, sixth place Southampton have 60 points in the 2015-16 EPL season.
May 8 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 2 Southampton
May 15 Southampton v Crystal Palace Tickets St Marys Stadium
Andy Carroll, West Ham
West Ham United Tickets & Results
To date, seventh place West Ham have 59 points in the 2015-16 EPL season.
April 30 West Bromwich Albion 0 - 3 West Ham United Hawthorns
May 7 West Ham United 1 - 4 Swansea City Boleyn Ground
May 10 West Ham United 3 - 2 Manchester United Boleyn Ground
May 15 Stoke City v West Ham United Tickets Britannia Stadium
Liverpool Tickets & Results
To date, eighth place Reds have 58 points in the 2015-16 EPL season.
April 20 Liverpool 4 - 0 Everton Anfield Road
April 23 Liverpool 1 - 1 Newcastle United Anfield Road
April 28 2016 Europa League Villarreal 1 - 0 Liverpool Estadio El Madrigal
April 30 Swansea City 3 - 1 Liverpool Liberty Stadium
May 5 Europa League Liverpool 3 - 0 Villarreal Anfield Road
May 7 Liverpool 2 - 0 Watford Anfield Road
May 11 Liverpool v Chelsea Tickets Anfield Road
May 15 West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool Tickets Hawthorns
Diego Costa and Willian, FC Chelsea
FC Chelsea Tickets & Results
To date, ninth place Chelsea have 48 points in the 2015-16 EPL season.
April 23 Bournemouth 1 - 4 Chelsea Dean Court Stadium
May 2 FC Chelsea 2 - 2 Spurs Stamford Bridge
May 7 Sunderland 3 - 2 Chelsea Stadium of Light
May 11 FC Liverpool v FC Chelsea Tickets Anfield Road
Dele Ali and Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspurs
Relegation Battle as of 5.8.2016
17. Sunderland 35 points
18. Newcastle United 34 points
19. Norwich City 31 points
20. Aston Villa 17 points (relegation confirmed)