Social media is abuzz with those bemoaning the fact that Leicester will be afforded top-seed status for the Champions League groups should they win the Premier League.
Changes to the seeding system prior to the 2015/16 competition mean that which pot teams go into for the sections draw is now based on the UEFA coefficient of their domestic top flight rather than their club coefficient.
Now 1/2 for one of the least-foreseen top-flight title wins in the history of English football, they are likely to outrank giants such as Real Madrid, should they succeed.
As such they could in line to draw opposition of the quality of Los Blancos, Atletico Madrid or Borussia Dortmund in the mini leagues.
Judging, by the fates of similarly left-field title winners in the Champions League down the decades, their first-seeding advantage is one they can ill afford to do without if they’re to reach the knockout stages of the competition.
Blackburn Rovers, Kaiserslautern, Genk, Deportivo La Coruna, Boavista, Wolfsburg, Bursaspor, FC Twente and Montpellier have all pulled off scarcely credible title heists at home since the European Cup was upgraded.
Only the second-named had won their top domestic division even once before (1990/91), while not one has repeated the feat since.
Of the nine, just three managed to survive the first group stage – Kaiserslautern, Deportivo and Boavista.
The first two made the quarter finals, while Jaime Pacheco’s men were eliminated during the short-lived second group round.
Meanwhile, none of the shock domestic champions to arrive at the group stage since 2001/02 have survived their section.
Genk, who had won the Belgian Pro League in 1998/99, just 11 years after they were formed in a merger between two other clubs, couldn’t even make it through the qualifying rounds, falling to Maribor at the second hurdle the following term.