The final chapter of the fairytale – Leicester gear up for historic Premier League title triumph
Leicester City will win the Premier League title if they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford. It is a sentence that, even after all that has gone before in this most unpredictable of seasons, still comes across as utterly ridiculous when spoken out loud. But as Foxes fans head to the aptly named Theatre of Dreams, it will be in expectation rather than hope that their side can get over the line.
Claudio Ranieri’s side are on the brink of what was deemed impossible. Since Blackburn Rovers’s shock title win in 1995, the Premier League has been dominated by those fortunate few who have the history or finances – or in some cases both – to compete at the very top of the richest league in the world on a regular basis. Even that has not been enough for some – a fact that Liverpool supporters will certainly attest to. Only an injection of funds, such as those seen at both Chelsea and Manchester City, would likely break that monopoly.
And though Leicester chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, is far from shy when offering his wealth to boost the club’s profile on and off the pitch, this Leicester story has shocked the sporting world. Two years ago they were a Championship team about to embark on a first top-flight campaign in a decade. Twelve months later they were being written off as yet another club who failed to make the transition from the second-tier as they faced an inevitable relegation.