Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri expects the Premier League's cash-rich clubs to dominate the competition for the next two decades. The Foxes shocked the sporting world this season by lifting the Premier League crown, but Ranieri thinks English football's top flight will return to normality next year.
Leicester's title-winning squad cost a relatively paltry £57m ($82.9m) to assemble, making it the cheapest of any currently in the top half of the Premier League. And Ranieri believes the clubs with the biggest budgets will return to the top in 2017.
"Big money makes big teams and usually big teams win. Now we can say only 99% of the time," said Ranieri, according to the BBC. "Next season will be the same and for the next 10 or 20 years, it will be the same."
The former Chelsea boss claimed a surprise title winner only comes around once every 20 years or so, likening Leicester's success this season to that of Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers in previous years.
"How many years after Nottingham Forest and Blackburn have another team won?" Ranieri reflected. "The richest, or the team who can pick up the best players to make a team, will win."
Although Leicester are backed by Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Ranieri observed that the likes of Manchester Unted, City and Chelsea all have greater financial resources than his club. Consequently, he expects the Premier League's traditional superpowers to reassert themselves from next season onwards.
"Maybe now is too early to think what we have done," the ex-Chelsea manager added. "Maybe in one or two years it will be easier to understand, but now it is important to stay high in the world."