Leicester City have proved once again they are a top six side by winning the FA Cup.
The Foxes are not regarded as one of the ‘so-called big six’, but results over the last few years would perhaps suggest otherwise and they are on course to finish third in the Premier League with two games remaining.
A remarkable period in the club’s history was capped off with their first FA Cup win in their 137-year history and former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara thinks it’s about time they are recognised for their achievements.
There were incredible scenes on the pitch when they beat Chelsea as tributes were paid to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the club’s late owner who tragically died in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium.
His son, Top, has taken over his mantle and was heavily involved in the celebrations.
Aiyawatt ‘Top’ Srivaddhanaprabha has a great relationship with manager Brendan Rodgers and the Leicester players[/caption]
They are now just one of five clubs to have won all three major domestic competitions this century, alongside Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and Man United.
“The standout thing for me was at the final whistle the players were all together,” O’Hara told talkSPORT. “The connection they’ve got with the owners and fans is brilliant.
“I’d love Spurs to be like that. I feel like Leicester, and I don’t care what anyone says, are a big six football club.
Leicester are one of just five teams to win all five domestic trophies this century, beginning with the League Cup in 2000, the Premier League in 2016 and the FA Cup in 2021[/caption]
“The way they run the place, the way they do business, the way they back their manager.
“The manager they’ve got is world class as well as the players they’ve got in there now.
“It’s just a brilliant club to be at. I’m so glad they won it. A lot of people had written them off, including me, because I thought Chelsea would have been too strong for them.
“They were fantastic and it was a brilliant moment for the owners.
“They’re not a poor football club, they’ve got rich owners, but they run the place properly. What I love about them is that they go about their business the right way.
“Everyone is connected with the football club, everyone is part of it. The fans all feel part of the football club.
Leicester upset the odds to win the first FA Cup in their history[/caption]
“You can see the way that Schmeichel is hugging the owner, that would never happen with Spurs. You’d never see Daniel Levy running on the pitch, picking up the trophy, and cheering together.
“That is what a football club should be like.”
The ‘big six’ of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Tottenham were involved in the botched European Super League plans.
There was some criticism over the fact that at the time three of those six were outside the top four, while Leicester were third.
Arsenal and Tottenham’s involvement was particularly maligned as neither has enjoyed much success in recent years, this season has been particularly poor.
O’Hara added: “This ‘commercial big six’ is nonsense. They are a big six football club. They are in there and consistent.
“I guarantee over the next three or four years they will consistently finish higher than Spurs or Arsenal.”