Premier league minnow Leicester (pronounced “Lester”) City won the English Premier League yesterday. That is huge. To win the premier league, you win and draw more games over the course of the 38 game season that every other team. In the last 20 years, there have only been 4 winners – Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City. The reason there are only 4 winners is because it was believed that it took a tremendous amount of financial clout to build a squad that would last the season. Leicester City’s entire side was assembled with less than 10% of the financial resources of the bigger sides. They were supposed to be favorites to be in the bottom 3. And, yet, here they are.
In every way, this is a historic event. Kudos to Leicester – for pulling off what no one thought was possible. And, for doing it with admirable consistency.
The obvious questions follow – will they be able to keep it up? Will they buy new players to sustain a challenge next season? Will the big teams get their mojo back?
All of these questions, obvious as they might be, completely miss the point. John Nicholson, on Football365, said it beautifully –
Whatever age you are, I guarantee you this: the 2015-2016 season is a season you will never forget. We are living through a moment that will still astonish in 50 or 100 years’ time. As it comes to pass, now is the moment to embrace it, enjoy it and be inspired by it, so that whenever it looks like the odds are against you, whenever it looks hard to achieve something, whenever we take on people with more money and power, we can tell ourselves, if Leicester can do it, we can do it. And that is priceless.
So true. It is a fantastic story.. and one that will inspire many an underdog team for a very long time. Congratulations Leicester!