The Dutchman, who completed a similar surprise title win in Holland with AZ Alkmaar in 2008, added: “I was the first to say they could be champions. So for me it’s no surprise. I’ve seen it many times.
“I believe in team building and this manager has done that with his team. Of course, they had the [favourable] circumstances with the same team, they haven’t played as many matches, so it’s always possible.
“It’s good for the Premier League and the sport of football that it’s not always the same teams. It was always difficult to beat his teams. He’s always organised his team very well.”