While history was on the making, the heroes of Leicester City Football Club were attending a party at Jamie Vardy’s house. Vardy was named player of the year by football writers on Monday and no other place could have been better to celebrate their magnificent Premier League triumph, a dream that many questioned and expressed doubts about.
The Italian maverick, Claudio Ranieri’s boys were crowned champions of England after second seeded Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw by their London rivals Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham Hotspur dominated the first half in all departments and looked indispensable with a two-goal lead with the Leicester squad watching nervously at Jamie Vardy’s house.
Kane kept the title hopes alive for Spurs by scoring his 25th goal of the season. Some intense and rigid marking by John Terry and Gary Cahill kept the English forward quiet in the initial minutes of the game but such was not the story for too long. Kane deceived the defensive duo on the 35th minute when he cracked the offside trap to reach out to Erik Lamela’s through ball. Kane had ample time to control the ball past Asmir Begovic before tapping the ball into the empty net.
Son doubled the lead one minute before half-time as he beat Begovic from close range.
Even after having an upper hand, Spurs began to lose their heads and couldn’t build upon the momentum set in the first half. Players from both the squad rushed towards the touchline when Rose unfairly challenged Willian which took the form of an ugly altercation between the players. Later Dembele was also seen poking his finger across Diego Costa’s left eye.
Chelsea held their nerves and came back into the game strong when Gary Cahill got one back for Chelsea. On the 83rd minute Hazard weaved past Lloris a brilliant curler to script a dream come true end for Leicester City.
Christian Fuchs, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Shinji Okazaki and the rest were spotted at Vardy’s house. It looked like an extended Christmas with a number of supporters gathering outside the gates of the house and all with a sense of accomplishment, pride and chanting the club anthem.
— Christian Fuchs (@FuchsOfficial) May 2, 2016
A video tweet by Fuchs showed the emotional crescendo of the moment when Leicester City was officially declared the League Champions. The players were seen jumping with joy and hugging each other in front of a television.
— Wes Morgan (@Wes5L1nk) May 2, 2016
“I’ve never known a spirit like the one between these boys. We’re like brothers. People saw it last season when everyone expected us to be relegated, but we fought back to prove people wrong,” said Morgan, the proud captain.
“This season’s been a continuation of that. We’ve built on the momentum, but I don’t think anyone believed it would come to this. Saturday can’t come quickly enough. I can’t wait to get my hands on the trophy,” he said.