Leicester City have won the Premier League after their title rivals Tottenham Hotspur failed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
There were tears and jubilant scenes in pubs across the city and outside the King Power stadium as a 2-2 draw confirmed the Foxes as unlikely champions – beating 5,000-1 odds.
It was a heartbreaking night for Tottenham fans, whose team had looked set to keep the title race going before surrendering a 2-0 lead to their London rivals.
Leicester defender Christian Fuchs tweeted a video showing wild celebrations at Jamie Vardy’s house in Melton Mowbray as the final whistle blew in West London.
Manager Claudio Ranieri released a statement saying: “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.”
Leicester will receive the Premier League trophy following their final home game of the season against Everton on Saturday.
It was the second day in a row the bars and pubs in the East Midlands city were packed out with fans following the action.
The Foxes could have clinched the title themselves on Sunday with a win against Manchester United.
But the game ended 1-1 at Old Trafford after captain Wes Morgan equalised following an early Anthony Martial volley.
After the final whistle at Stamford Bridge, many Leicester City supporters admitted they could barely believe their club were champions of England – completing a fairytale season that has captured the attention of sport fans around the world.
Jagdeep Tumber, 19, said: “It won’t feel real until I see Wes Morgan or Andy King, who has been at the club through our lowest point, lifting the trophy.
“Just to say that we are champions of England is just incredible.”
Morgan, the Leicester captain, said: “Saturday can’t come quickly enough. I can’t wait to get my hands on the trophy.”
Source – Sky News