In 2013 this happened https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxeDIQZ33VA. The following season Leicester City bounced back and gained promotion to the Premier League. The season after that, relegation back to the championship seemed inevitable, they remained firmly rooted to the bottom of the table with 19 points after 29 games but a remarkable turnaround, which saw them win seven of their nine remaining game and kept them afloat.
Fast forward to this year and Leicester City moved one step closer to securing their first Premier League title in their 132 year history yesterday. 5000-1 outsiders at the start of the season they are now odds on favourites to win.
If Leicester were to win the Premier League title (which is by no means a foregone conclusion) this would become the biggest story in Premier League history and arguably one of the greatest achievements in the history of all sports teams.
Back in the late ninety’s and early noughties the Premier League title would usually be a two horse race decided between Manchester United and either Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool, the top four was set in stone.
These teams' additional financial clout was compounded with the advent of the Champions League. This has provided clubs that finish within the top four with additional money; over £1bn is divided amongst each of the 32 qualifying teams, an additional £10m is provided as prize money to each team before a ball is even kicked. Teams finishing in the top four received more money, bought better players and continued to outperform the clubs below them.
What is Leicester City's success is attributable to. Everyone has their own opinion on this. They are hungrier, more resolute and more organsied than any of the larger teams. This is not to take anything away from some of the individual players. Kante, Mahrez & Vardy are immensely talented and have been a revelation to watch this season.