Chelsea 1 City 1
Report by Kate Thompson
Like all Leicester City fans, it is only now beginning to sink in that we are the Premier League champions, after being tipped for relegation by practically every so-called pundit. They have won with style and panache, and won millions of friends all over the world as a result. However, this report is about the final match – there will no doubt be another opportunity to wax lyrical!
The City fans had a lovely welcome from Chelsea football club, being congratulated and given a postcard; there were posters in the stadium also congratulating the team. We had yet another goody bag from the club containing a wig, two blow-up ‘batons’, a large flag, together with another flag to wave.
To my astonishment we were sitting very near the vice chairman who chose (presumably) to watch the last game with the fans – together with his very large entourage, two of whom were huge!
As expected, the team walked onto the pitch through a guard of honour provided by the Chelsea players and Ranieri was presented with what looked like a silver plate.
There were two changes to the usual team, with Okasaki dropped to the bench and Demarai Gray up front with Vardy; we were willing the latter to score at least one goal to draw level with Harry Kane. Wasolowski deputised for the suspended Robert Huth and Andy King was preferred to Marc Albrighton, no doubt because of his excellent performance against Everton.
I was pleased to hear Ranieri say that he wanted the team to show why they are champions and, although they did not start at the same cracking pace that we have got used to, they still looked as if they wanted to win the match. Chelsea seemed the more likely for the first part of the game but City gradually grew into the match and began to show why they have won the league by ten points.