THE LOW-DOWN ON LEICESTER
Leicester used fewer players than any other Premier League team to win the title. Over the 36 matches, the Foxes only started 18 players – with just 19 making an appearance overall.
The assembled Leicester City team cost £54.4 million – compared to runner-up Arsenal’s £251.9 million and fourth place Manchester City’s £418.8 million.
In November Jamie Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s 10-match record as he became the frst ever player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches.
In December Gary Lineker tweeted, ‘If Leicester win the @premierleague I’ll do the frst MOTD of next season in just my undies.’ He has promised to stick to his word.
The club installed liquid-nitrogen cryotherapy chambers to aid with players’ recovery, which exposes the sportsmen to temperatures as low as -135C. Jamie Vardy said he had been using the facility ‘non-stop’.
Ten monks from Bangkok’s Golden Buddha temple were fown to Britain in club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s private jet to bless the pitch and players prior to matches. The monks then spent each game in a deep meditation.
After starting the season with 5,000/1 odds to win the league, Leicester City’s victory meant a £20 million industry-wide payout by bookmakers. The largest single sum won was £72,000, when an anonymous Foxes fan cashed out his £50 bet in March – despite standing to win £250,000 if Leicester went all the way.