7 things that have changed forever at Leicester this season


They say don't change when you get to the top, but there are some things that Leicester can proudly say will never be the same again after winning their first-ever top-flight title.

Here we take a look at the good, and some of the bad, of Leicester's transformation into the best team in the country.

1. Fans outside Leicester actually know who the team's players are now

N'Golo Kante

How many of us could have identified Riyad Mahrez, Christian Fuchs or N'Golo Kante before the start of the season? We're guessing not many. In fact, given the cut-price deals that they all arrived on at the King Power Stadium we're suggesting there weren't too many scouts who even knew who these guys were 12 months ago.

2. They've been turned into international players

Jamie vardy and Danny Drinkwater

At first, Leicester looked like they were just having one of those dream runs at the start of a season that some teams get. Then they stretched it to Christmas, then Easter and then they actually won the title. Along the way international managers figured their players were actually really, really good and they could use them. Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater are now England players and N'Golo Kante has earned his France debut. They don't look like one-season wonders either.

3. We'll all know what Gary Lineker looks like in his underwear

When Leicester beat Chelsea in December things started to get a bit giddy. Jose Mourinho lost his job soon after but not even that was the biggest story to come from the game. No that *honour* went to Lineker as he told the world, via Twitter, straight after the 2-1 win that he would present the first edition of Match of The Day next season in his undies if the Foxes won the title. And now here we are.

4. Claudio Ranieri is finally a title-winning manager

Claudio Ranieri

Finally after 16 jobs in management Claudio Ranieri has won a top-flight title. The 64-year-old has managed in Italy, France, England and Spain with massive clubs such as Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Juventus, Monaco, Roma and Valencia but the best he had ever done was second. Turns out his move to Leicester broke the drought.

5. It costs a lot more now to go to the King Power Stadium

King Power Stadium

Tickets for Leicester's final home game of the season have reportedly been selling online for £3,000. It was not that long ago the Foxes were playing to undersized crowds in League One for only a portion of that cost. The inflated price was, of course, a consequence of the Everton game being a potential title decider, but still. Wow. £3,000 to watch Leicester.

6. Kasper Schmeichel is just like his dad after all

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel

Leicester's goalkeeper has never been comfortable with being likened to his dad, but there was a rich sense of occasion in the fact he almost won the Premier League at Old Trafford. Peter Schmeichel was a hero at Manchester United, winning the title five times, but for Kasper stepping out of his shadow has never been a motivating factor. He's always wanted to forge his own path and now, regardless of his pedigree, the defining moment of his career so far has arrived at the age of 29.

7. The Leicester Way

Leicester fan

This is one of those unfathomable notions that clubs preach on about in times of trouble. When the chips are down we hear how a club needs to get back to "The *insert relevant club's name* Way". Leicester have effectively rubbished the idea this season as they've clinched the title playing two markedly different styles. In the first half of the season they backed their forwards to win high-scoring shoot-outs. When the goals dried up in the second half of the season they turned the defensive screws, keeping clean sheets in 12 of their past 18 games. Maybe being flexible is "The Leicester Way".