Ranieri brought to tears as Leicester City secures Champions League football

Ranieri Champions Mural

After 33 rounds of last season’s Premier League season, Leicester City were celebrating four consecutive victories which had only just lifted them outside of the relegation zone.

Twelve months on, the Foxes boast five straight victories, the major difference being that this year they are celebrating qualification for the UEFA Champions League and sit seven points on top of the league.

The realisation of their achievement over the weekend was enough to finally bring the emotion out of the usually calm Claudio Ranieri, with the Italian tactician coming to tears while thanking the crowd at the King Power Stadium.

Their qualification into Europe’s elite club competition has provided fans with the first quantifiable reward for this season’s success, placing them alongside the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

With just five matches remaining, Leicester are now just two wins away from clinching an historic maiden Premier League title.

The Foxes will be met with some difficult fixtures on the road to the finish line, which will include this weekend’s home match against West Ham United and away trips to both Manchester United and Chelsea.

However, Ranieri’s men have continually exceeded expectations and refused to give into the mounting pressure from the world’s football community, thus will back themselves in the final sprint to Premier League glory.

photo credit: Champions Mural – Claudio Ranieri via photopin (license)

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