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Published: 12:24 | 5/5/16

Martinez: Leicester are an inspiration


Roberto Martinez feels Leicester's heroics will not be repeated easily but he believes it can be used as an inspiration for other teams.

The Foxes had been tipped to be relegated this season but they pulled off one of the greatest shocks in Premier League history by being crowned champions and on Saturday they will be presented with the trophy in front of their home fans.

Claudio Ranieri has dismissed suggestions that Leicester's success will turn the Premier League on its head and Martinez believes it is too early to judge how it will change the top division.

"You need to see it as the exception that proves the norm or something that is going to change the landscape of the competitive nature of the league. It's too early to see how that's going to develop," Martinez said.

"What Leicester have achieved is a great inspiration for any team sport and for any group in order to dream high and have huge expectations but I think we need to be realistic that this is not the norm.

"It's something we haven't seen in the modern game and I don't think that's going to be repeated easily."

Leicester's title success was confirmed when Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday and they will be hoping to sign off at the King Power Stadium with a victory over Everton.

The Toffees' have endured a difficult season and Martinez knows his side face a tricky afternoon at the home of the new champions.

"For me, they have been deserved winners of the Premier League this season in a very competitive league and clearly they will be playing with that swagger. We will congratulate them and, from that point on, we will focus on trying to be a team that can perform against them," he told his pre-match press conference.

"They have been a real inspiration in terms of a winning team, and not just in football, throughout sport. To have that intensity and that drive and, against all odds, it has been the real fairy tale of football and sport in general in the modern game.

"From our point of view, we are facing a team who have been playing all season with incredible intensity and tempo. We know we will be facing a team that are probably in the best moment of confidence you could find them.

"Claudio Ranieri deserves incredible plaudits and credit. Everything has been well measured; he has shown real good experience in protecting the squad. I don't think it has been an accident. In a competition of 10 months they are where they are on merit."

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