Fairytale Ending For Leicester And Burnley
Well the experts said it would never happen again, that a small provincial club would go on to win the Premier League. Blackburn Rovers famously did it in 1995 but the odds were so against Leicester City this season that bookies made them a 5,000/1 shot!
But win it they have and with a game to spare to boot. What a magnificent achievement from the wonderful manager Claudio Ranieri and all the players, staff, board and of course the fans.
He has done it by shedding his tinkerman reputation and sticking with a tried and tested formula of having two physical, robust centre backs in Huth and Morgan sitting back and clearing anything out that come near them. They have a superb goalkeeper behind them in Kaspar Schmeichel and in front of them they have the prodigiously hard working duo of Drinkwater and Konte.
With this solid set up they move the ball swiftly from back to front so they can get the talent of Mahrez on the ball in space and they knock the ball into the channels for Jamie Vardy to create absolute havoc, which he has done with elan. Counter attacking football played the way Leicester play it can be very exciting and so it has proved.
Commiserations to Spurs who have put up a great fight but when they look back I am sure they will be more than satisfied with their season. Second place and a Champions League place is not to be sniffed at. Harry Kane after a slow start to the season has been a revelation again and has now established himself as England`s number 1 striker. And Dele Alli could just turn out to be one of the best English players of the last 20 years.
Now on to the Championship and congratulations to Burnley who have been promoted for the 2nd time in 3 years. Again, although they were fancied, this is a small club in the grand scheme of things who are punching well above their weight, and a club like Burnley to have been promoted 3 times to the Premier League in the last few years is nothing short of remarkable. The question now is can they stay up this time?!
I think they have a more than even chance if they keep Sean Dyche as manager, but that is a big if. If he is not one of the most sought after managers in Europe now then there is something sadly wrong with football owners. Burnley, much like Leicester, have built their game around a powerful back four and an excellent striker in Andre Gray, and a top class keeper in Tom Heaton.
Finally a quick mention to another North West club Wigan who have bounced back into the Championship at the first attempt. Gary Caldwell is doing a great job and I can see them doing well next season also.