Leicester City are Premier League champions for the first time in their history, after Tottenham Hotspurs 2-2 draw with Chelsea left them seven points clear with just two games to go.
Leicester City. Champions of England. pic.twitter.com/WRwfysTn2N
— Leicester City (@LCFC) 2 May 2016
Tottenham slip up to hand Leicester City the Premier League title
People said it couldn’t be done, they said the Foxes wouldn’t be able to sustain it, but the seemingly impossible has happened. Little Leicester have proved that the most unlikely dreams can still come true.
Victorious without having to kick a ball as Tottenham could only draw 2-2 away at Chelsea, letting slip a two goal lead. The coronation will come when Leicester take on Everton at home on Saturday.
Spurs’ only hope of claiming a first title since 1961 was to win their final three games of the season. They couldn’t do it as first half goals from Kane and Son Heung-min were cancelled out by Cahill and Hazard.
365 – Eden Hazard has scored his first home PL goal in 365 days, since the title decider against Palace last season. Kingmaker.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 2 May 2016
A feisty contest between the two bitter London rivals featured great goals but dodgy tackles, touchline melees and general unpleasantness at the end.
For Tottenham a hurtful climax to a magnificent campaign which has seen them go so close.
Manchester United lose ground in the race for the Champions League
But Leicester have truly deserved it. Leicester’s players were watching the match at the home of Jamie Vardy, the newly crowned Football Writers’ Player of the Year.
How sweet when the final whistle blew. And with two games still to go. Vardy, Mahrez, Schmeichel, Kante and the rest … heroes all. On Sunday they had got a point in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
United led when Anthony Martial converted Antonio Valencia’s cross.
15 – Anthony Martial has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season, more than any other Man United player. Devil.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 1 May 2016
But Leicester were level nine minutes later when inspirational centre-half Wes Morgan headed home a free-kick from Danny Drinkwater, who was sent off late on for two bookings.
Claudio Ranieri’s side, nearly relegated last season, were 5,000-1 outsiders at the start.
A wonderful achievement, a brilliant team effort, and all on a budget minute in comparison with the Big Five of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool.
For United it was another blow to their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
Arsenal secure Champions League football for next season
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had to endure calls for his departure as his side beat a Norwich team whose Premier League future looks increasingly bleak.
For the supporters qualifying for the Champions League every year is no longer enough. They are getting greedy.
Wenger transformed English football, and in the process created the 2003-04 Invincibles who won the Premier League title without a single defeat. Over the 38 games played, their league record stood at 26 wins, 12 draws and no losses.
Perhaps the fans forget the struggles to retain standards when money was tight as the Emirates was being built. But in this game there was little for Arsenal to cheer until substitute Danny Welbeck put the Gunners ahead with a crisp half-volley.
Norwich had chances – twice Petr Cech stopped former Birmingham City star Nathan Redmond from scoring.
This was Wenger’s 750th Premier League match as a manager, with only Sir Alex Ferguson (810) having managed more.
When Wenger does hand over the reins there is no guarantee that things will improve given the amount of money Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United can throw at it.
The Gunners are simply in no position to call the shots.
Liverpool have one eye on crucial Europa League semi-final as they fall to Swansea
Liverpool were simply dreadful against Swansea never really fancying it in the driving Welsh rain.
As one-time Reds great turned commentator Steve McManaman noted as Swansea’s third went in: “Liverpool fans look away now – how many errors can you make in gifting another goal?”
Preparing for their second leg European semi-final tie against Villarreal, the Anfield side contained half a dozen first teamers, a few out of favour stars and some of the kids.
It wasn’t a day for kids. Swansea had more desire and speed of thought. Liverpool were over-run in central midfield where Jack Cork, who wasn’t good enough for Chelsea, wasn’t good enough for Southampton, ran the show.
Set pieces have been a problem for Liverpool all season – they just don’t seem to be capable of defending corners. It ended 3-1 to the Swans and to compound their miserable afternoon Liverpool finished with ten men after two yellow cards for reserve full back Brad Smith.
For Swansea, Andre Ayew got two and Cork one. Benteke notched a header but Liverpool never looked like getting back into it. Second best from the start.
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