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Saturday 24 February 2018

Jamie Vardy reflects on a special season for club and country

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy says he has been under a spell
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy says he has been under a spell

Jamie Vardy's season and his role in Leicester's title has been so magnificent he says he could easily have been playing under a spell.

The former non-league striker has had the ultimate Roy of the Rovers journey, sweeping all before him with 26 goals for club and country this campaign.

He has become the frontman for Leicester's unlikely title tilt and will this summer head to Euro 2016 with England.

"I think someone put a spell on me to make it happen this season, everyone works as hard as well as themselves and if someone is having an off game then we know we have someone behind us to pick us up and keep us going," he said on Sky Sports after a 3-1 win over Everton crowned Leicester's homecoming to the King Power Stadium.

"It's been a very, very long and hard process to get where I am today. But I wouldn't have been able to do it without friends, and the team behind me as well so I'll go congratulate the boys now and get ready for the celebrations.

"It (today) would have been a lot better if I didn't put the ball onto the helicopter (for a missed penalty) but it's an unbelievable feeling for everyone involved. I can't describe it with words.

"But if it weren't for the lads here then I wouldn't have scored the goals I did. You don't get nowhere by not having the foundations. We're literally like brothers as soon as training is finished we're always in touch.

"After the (Tottenham) result, the police had shut down the street outside my house. There were thousands of fans but it's been an unbelievable week so to top it off with this victory is great."

An emotionally drained Wes Morgan told Sky Sports 1: "To finally get my hands on the trophy, walking onto the podium, I had to hold back tears.

"I held back the tears, finally got my hands on it, and lifted it up. Best feeling in the world.

"Everyone's been going on about how I'm going to lift it, is it heavy, putting pressure on me to be fair but there's no better feeling. Champions of England. Something you remember for the rest of your life.

"Hopefully we can crack on from here, big season next year but right now I just want to soak up the moment.

The Leicester skipper also admitted that the squad always believed they could win the title.

"I think it's the people around us who weren't really convinced we could do it but we know we could it. We played all the teams and we knew that on our day we could be better than all of them so we just continued to concentrate and ignore all the things around us and do our job."

"The togetherness of the team, we're such a tight bunch of guys, we do everything together and there's no egos in our team. We work so hard so we deserve it.

"Champions League? I don't know what it feels like but I'm going to enjoy every minute of it."

Leicester city boss Claudio Ranieri was quick to thank the fans after lifting his first top flight crown in his lengthy managerial career.

"The people are unbelievable, thank you to them because they have been behind us for the whole season," he said.

"I think it was an amazing moment for me because I'm not the youngest but there is another test now. When you lift something special, when you're champions of England, the Premier League. Something special for everybody, especially for me, I won some cups, in England I lose in the final, in Spain, in Italy but to lift the trophy here is fantastic."

Despite the lack of major silverware in his managerial career, the 64-year-old believes his career starts now.

"No, my career, I thought sooner or later, I will win a league title. Of course at the beginning, never did I think that we would reach this place. But slowly, I thought why not? This is a crazy season and we had fantastic consistency," he said.

"We have a very good owner, behind the manager, the team. When I saw them, this is a very good dressing room, they work so hard. I tried to blend my Italian tactics, to be solid, strong. Then I say, 'free pizza if you keep a clean sheet' so they improve!"

The Italian felt that their win at Manchester City was the key moment where the club really believed they could win the title.

"I think when we win at Manchester City but also when we lose at 2-1 at Arsenal, I told my assistant, 'If Arsenal suffer so much, 11 against 10 then we can do something," he said.

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