English Premiership

Celebratory lunch for Leicester heroes

2016-05-03 16:58
Claudio Ranieri (Getty Images)

Leicester - Leicester City's triumphant Premier League title-winners were applauded by well-wishers as they arrived at an Italian restaurant in the city for a celebratory lunch on Tuesday.

Italian manager Claudio Ranieri, star striker Jamie Vardy and Thai chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha were all in attendance at the San Carlo restaurant to celebrate the first title in the club's 132-year history.

Vardy invited his team-mates round to his house to watch Monday's 2-2 draw between Chelsea and second-place Tottenham Hotspur, which handed Leicester the title.

Ranieri, who watched the match at home with his wife, told Sky Sports: "I believed last night. Of course you feel something, but I am a pragmatic man and I know football well. Something strange could happen.

"It was an amazing achievement. We wanted to do something special, but no one could have believed we would do this. I was at home with my wife. Nothing more. I celebrate with my wife and family."

Leicester's 5,000-1 triumph sent fans spilling into the streets of the east Midlands city, with around 1,000 assembling at the club's King Power Stadium.

Captain Wes Morgan will be presented with the trophy after Saturday's final home game against Everton.

"I am going to try to hold back the tears," said Morgan, a Jamaica international. "It is going to be very emotional.

"It hasn't sunk in yet. It was a long night celebrating and I am feeling a bit drained at the moment. After the initial euphoria a lot of people couldn't believe what had happened. There were a few tears."

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