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UPDATE1: Soccer: Leicester win Premier League after Tottenham draw

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05/02/2016 | 11:23pm CEST

Shinji Okazaki and Leicester City have accomplished the mission impossible, winning the Premier League title after Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 at Chelsea on Monday.

After Leicester drew 1-1 with Manchester United on Sunday, Tottenham, who went into their game eight points off the pace, needed to beat Chelsea to retain any hope of winning the championship.

Leicester -- 5,000 to 1 outsiders to win the league in the preseason -- are the first club to capture their maiden top-flight title since Nottingham Forest in 1977-78.

Okazaki became the second Japanese to win the Premier League after Shinji Kagawa accomplished the feat in 2012-13 with Manchester United.

Okazaki also collected the first winner's medal of his entire club career. He never won any silverware with Shimizu S-Pulse in the J-League nor with Stuttgart or Mainz in the Bundesliga.

Under Claudio Ranieri, who also won his first title in England, Leicester have completed an astonishing turnaround from a team that had to fight off relegation and finished 14th last season.

Known as the "Tinkerman" during his Chelsea days for over-rotating his squad, Ranieri has been the exact opposite at Leicester, making only 27 lineup changes the entire season. The fewest number of changes made by a Premiership champion is 26 by United in 1992-93.

With two games left, Leicester are on 77 points, with their previous best tally being 55 in 1999-2000. They have lost just three games, two of those defeats coming at the hands of Arsenal.

Leicester face Everton at home on Saturday and are away to Ranieri's old club, Chelsea, to end their fairytale season on May 15.


© Kyodo News International, Inc., source Newswire

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