THE LOW-DOWN ON LE­ICES­TER

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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.

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