Former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman has told Yahoo! that he cannot help but feel sorry for Tottenham Hotspur in their failed bid to win the Premier League title as he believes the North London club have had the best team in England this season.
Spurs never led the title race but rose from on the fringes of a top-four place at the halfway point of the season to emerge as Leicester City's main challengers in the final months of the campaign.
However, they were ultimately unable to overhaul the Foxes and win a first championship since 1961, although they remain the favourites to finish as runners-up.
McManaman hailed the "amazing" achievement of Leicester in winning a first ever league title, but admitted that he feels some sympathy for Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs because he believes they have been the best team throughout the season.
The former England international told Yahoo! "I actually feel a little sorry for Tottenham because for me, they have the best team in the Premier League this season in terms of the quality of the football they have produced.
"Spurs have some top players and an excellent manager, but they have come up short against a story that has just been incredible at Leicester. All the credit goes to Ranieri and his players. It is just amazing what they have achieved."
Tottenham are all but assured of their place in next season's Champions League, but they must now focus on holding onto second spot and finishing above bitter rivals Arsenal.
Spurs face Southampton at White Hart Lane this weekend before a final-day trip to relegation battlers Newcastle United.