Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has hailed Leicester City after Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham clinched the Premier League title for the Foxes, with their manager Claudio Ranieri phoning Hiddink after the match to thank him and his team.
“They deserve it. They didn’t implode and got no tension when they started smelling the title, so that’s why they deserve it”.Hiddink also confirmed he got a call from Ranieri after the game “I got a call off Ranieri at the end and he thanked us,” Hiddink said in his post-match press conference after the match. “His voice was trembling a bit, but I don’t know if he was crying because it wasn’t a FaceTime call”! Ranieri was infamously sacked as Chelsea manager in 2004 by club owner Rman Abramovich, who claimed that the Italian would “never win the title”. 12 years later, Ranieri and his side will be given a guard of honour by his former club when they walk out at Stamford Bridge on the final day of the season.
“I’m so proud. I’m happy for my players, for the chairman, for the staff at Leicester City, all our fans and the Leicester community. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m so happy for everyone,” Ranieri said in a statement released on Leicester’s official website.I never expected this when I arrived. I’m a pragmatic man, I just wanted to win match after match and help my players to improve week after week. Never did I think too much about where it would take us.The players have been fantastic. Their focus, their determination, their spirit has made this possible. Every game they fight for each other and I love to see this in my players. They deserve to be champions.”
Foxes captain Wes Morgan declared: “I can’t wait to get my hands on the trophy.‘It’s the best feeling of my career and I couldn’t be prouder that it’s as part of this team. Everyone’s worked so hard for this, nobody believed we could do it, but here we are, Premier League champions”.Vardy said: “It’s an unbelievable feeling, I’ve never known anything like it. We were scrapping to stay in the league last season and on Saturday we’ll be lifting the trophy.That gives you an idea of how much hard work has gone into this season from every single player and member of staff.It’s the biggest achievement in the history of a great club and we all feel privileged to be part of it”.