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The match between Tottenham and Chelsea was always going to be a feisty affair.

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri called to say thank you, says Guus Hiddink
One team was fighting for the title, their first since 1961. The other team were the current Premier league champions and were not interested in surrendering their title to a major London rival. Above all, this was a major London derby with the result mattering to the fans more than at least Chelsea's league position.

Hence, it was not a surprise to see the way Chelsea came back in the second half. The intensity and the passion shown by the Blues was one which was never seen in any of their games in this season. The way the crowd pushed them at times made one feel like it was Chelsea who were fighting for the title.

Finally, Chelsea did hammer the final nail in Tottenham's coffin. Again it was Hazard's goal that decided the Premier league champions and Ranieri was quick to thank the Chelsea manager for the effort put in.

It was more of Chelsea not allowing Tottenham to win but there was also an element, where they wanted this fairy tale to happen and their former manager to be successful. Ranieri would not care one bit what made Chelsea do this, but he definitely acknowledged the effort put by his former club.

Hiddink stated that Ranieri was emotional and said thanks about five times in their conversation through the phone. This is not something that a football fan often witnesses, let alone the manager of the team that won it.

It is a fact that would take a lot of time to register in one's mind. With odds of 5000/1 to win the Premier league title at the start of the season and most of the so called experts predicting them to fail under their new manager, it has hardly surprising to see the disbelief at the fact that Leicester City are the new Premier league champions.

Leicester City win Premier League title after Tottenham draw at Chelsea
It is ironical to state that former Premier league champions Chelsea played their heart out in order to salvage a draw against Tottenham to make Leicester the new champions. It was a tribute to their former manager, who was ridiculed in his last spell as a manager in the Premier league.

From being sacked as Greece manager to winning the Premier league title with relegation contenders in the space of few months, Ranieri has completed one of the most remarkable achievements in sporting history.

Ranieri certainly brought about certain changes to his management style, which was crucial to Leicester winning the title. The Italian was known as the Tinkerman during his spell at Chelsea, due to the various changes he made to the starting line up on a regular basis.

However, this season, he has made only around 27 changes to the starting line up and has kept a very steady eleven throughout the campaign. Former Chelsea midfielder Scott Parker, who played under the Italian when at Chelsea, also pointed out this important fact.

This is an event where David has certainly beaten Goliath, where the bridesmaid has finally become the bride. It may happen that Leicester may falter next season. But even the most ardent Leicester fans would not care about next season. This is a time for them to embrace this event, to get inspired by it and revel in it until it has sunk in completely.

Leicester City are currently enjoying their best campaign in this Premier league season. They are currently two points ahead of Tottenham, who won against Aston Villa in the weekend, with a game in hand.

Leicester City still not title favourites: Claudio Ranieri
However, their manager Claudio Ranieri insists that he is focused on Leicester City earning a Europa League place. For a team that is currently leading by two points with a game in hand and having a great chance to earn their maiden Premier league title, Ranieri's views may seem to be pessimistic.

It may be because the Italian does not want his players to feel the pressure of a title challenger and if one observes, a Europa league place for a team like Leicester who barely managed to stay up in the Premier league last season is an astonishing achievement.

Ranieri stated that he is now focused on Newcastle and then Crystal Palace would be his next focus. He is taking it game by game and he believes if he has a five point lead with only one game to go then he would believe that they are champions.

He also stated that once they achieve a Europa league place, they would then focus on winning that Champions league spot, but with his other challengers dropping points, it only feels a matter of time that they achieve it.

Current Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri was the manager of Chelsea when Chelsea legend Frank Lampard joined the Blues in 2001.

Frank Lampard: 'If it wasn’t for Claudio Ranieri, I wouldn’t have had the career I had'
The Italian managed the dynamic English midfielder from 2001 to 2004 before being replaced by Jose Mourinho and Lampard certainly believes his career turned out well due to the presence of the Italian at the helm.

It certainly is a great comment coming from a player who has been regarded as one of the best English midfielders and arguably Chelsea's best player. The former Chelsea midfielder stated that Ranieri helped him in becoming a more complete midfielder and owes his Premier league success to him.

The former West Ham player was more attacking in his approach but the Italian helped him to improve his defensive side as well.

Lampard is happy seeing his former manager doing well at Leicester City and feels Ranieri deserves his success. He also added that people have been expecting Leicester City to finally lose some points but they still lead the table with just nine games to go in the season.

Claudio Ranieri has been able to prove his detractors hugely wrong this season with his Leicester City team sitting at the top of the Premier league table in March and very much considered as one of the title favorites.

Italy are considering a shock move to make Claudio Ranieri their new coach after Euro 2016
"The Tinkerman", as he was so infamously called due to his tinkering with substitutions during his time at Chelsea, was expected to be a flop in his second coming in England. However, he has transformed the nearly relegated Foxes to title contenders in just one season.

The brilliant work of Ranieri seems to be noted by the Italian Football Federation. Current Italy manager Antonio Conte is widely expected to take over the reigns at Chelsea after the Euros and it seems, Ranieri is considered as one of the candidates to be replacing him.

The former Roma manager has certainly not lost touch and has been able to widely adjust his tactics, as it has been observed in his counter attacking approach adopted at Leicester City.

However, the job at Leicester certainly does not have as much pressure as the job of managing one's own country. Will he be able to handle the pressure of coaching a national team as huge as Italy is another matter altogether.

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