Jose Mourinho has issued a statement congratulating Claudio Ranieri and Leicester on their historic Premier League title win.
Leicester were confirmed as English champions following Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Spurs had looked like taking the title race to the penultimate weekend of the season when they went two goals up but second-half strikes from Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard ended the North London club’s slim hopes of catching Leicester.
Mourinho, whose former side in drawing with Spurs finally surrendered their status as champions, told CAA Sports : “I want to congratulate everyone connected to Leicester; players, staff, owners and fans.
“I lost my title to Claudio Ranieri and it is with incredible emotion that I live this magic moment in his career.”
Mourinho replaced Ranieri as Chelsea manager in 2004 because Blues owner Roman Abramovich believed the Italian wasn’t capable of delivering the title to Stamford Bridge.
Speaking 12 years on, after his Leicester side were confirmed as champions, Ranieri hailed his players, who were last summer a 5,000/1 long shot to end the season as title winners.
“I’m so proud. The players have been fantastic,” he said. “Their focus, their determination, their spirit has made this possible.
“It’s an amazing feeling and I’m so happy for everyone. I’m a pragmatic man – I just wanted to win match after match. Never did I think too much about where it would take us.
“Every game they fight for each other and I love to see this in my players.
“I’m happy for my players, for the chairman, for the staff at Leicester City, all our fans and the Leicester community.”