We look at the main moments in Leicester City’s unlikely campaign to become the 2015-16 English Barclays Premier League champions.
13 September: Leicester City 3 -2 Aston Villa
Two-nil down after an hour, Leicester went about cementing their status as ‘comeback kings’, with Nathan Dyer putting his head on the line to seal a late victory. Riyad Mahrez, not for the first time this season, was the architect of the Foxes’s revival, leaving then Villa boss Tim Sherwood to declare afterwards: “I’ve never felt this bad. Ever.”
13 January: Tottenham Hotspur 0 -1 Leicester City
Bookended by an FA Cup tie and a replay, the significance of this Premier League fixture may have been overlooked at the time, but Robert Huth’s glorious, old-fashioned bullet of a header could prove to be the defining moment of the season against Leicester’s title challengers. The comeback kings became shut-out kings.
2 February: Leicester City 2 – 0 Liverpool
A crucial run of games began with Jamie Vardy scoring what must be the goal of the season, letting Riyad Mahrez’s long ball bounce before smashing an outrageous volley into the top corner from 25 yards out on the right wing. The two players of the season combined to provide a devastatingly pure example of the joy of football.
6 February: Manchester City 1- 3 Leicester City
Four days later, a trip to the Etihad would prove a more worthy test of Leicester’s title credentials. A third-minute goal from Robert Huth set the tone and the big German defender made it three on the hour to cap a fine defensive display and expose the flaws in their more illustrious rival’s back line. I, for one, was shouting at the radio in disbelief in a supermarket car park as the third goal went in.
14 February: Arsenal 2 -1 Leicester City
Yes, it may have been a defeat, but teams are defined as much by how they respond to setbacks as by how they capitalise on their victories. Vardy had put Leicester ahead through a disputed penalty but, after Danny Simpson had been sent off for a needless second yellow card, the Foxes were forced to hold on at the Emirates. N’Golo Kanté and Kasper Schmeichel were immense as Leicester’s warriors withstood attack after attack, only finally succumbing to an avoidable 95th-minute winner from Danny Welbeck. Lesser teams may have wilted, but Leicester’s battle-hardened resilience saw them win five of their next six games 1-0 in a crushing display of title-winning ruthlessness.