Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has revealed the qualities which the Citizens can take from Leicester City following their marvellous title-winning campaign.
The Foxes achieved the unthinkable this season when they transformed themselves from relegation favourites to genuine title contenders, before going on to claim the title after an incredible show of consistency.
Claudio Ranieri’s side lost just two matches all season, and registered one of the most miraculous achievements in sporting history when they clinched the title with two games to spare.
One reason why the East Midlanders were able to lift the championship was due to the underachievement of the division’s traditional heavyweights, City included.
Indeed, Al Mubarak has insisted that he is taking a lot from the passion and the endeavour that Ranieri’s boys demonstrated throughout the campaign.
“I think, as a football fan, it’s an incredible achievement and something I’m delighted for, for Leicester, for their fans, for everybody involved in that club,” the club owner began, speaking to the club’s official website.
“It’s an incredible achievement and I think we can all say hats off and commend them, and I think it’s the right time, on behalf of everybody at Manchester City Football Club, to congratulate Leicester for this tremendous achievement.
“I take a lot from the passion they’ve shown. This was a team that from the first game of the season to the last game of the season, one thing you know is that they gave it all every game,” the chairman added.
“You had a team that fought had, that put a lot of passion, a lot of commitment, and you can see it in every game that they’ve played.
“And sometimes passion and commitment doesn’t win you trophies but certainly it pushes you to limits, and I think what Leicester did this year was, while they didn’t have the resources of many other clubs in the Premier League, they had passion and commitment in abundance and that won them the league.”
Al Mubarak will surely be hoping that the Citizens—who have spent big as they have sought success both domestically and in Europe—can pick up a few of the Foxes’ values as they look to improve after Manuel Pellegrini’s underwhelming tenure at the Etihad Stadium.