Leicester’s triumph is a beautiful accident


I had the privilege of being at the King Power Stadium and I have never experienced such a positive, happy atmosphere in my life. For Jamie Carragher and I to be pitchside and not cop any kind of abuse is unheard of, though we didn’t venture too near the Everton end!

When Wes Morgan came to us after the game you could see the tears in his eyes. He is a colossus of a man but the emotion was obvious. And everybody was feeling it.

Football sometimes has a habit of letting us down — from performances on the pitch to behaviour off it — but Leicester’s has been the most incredible story in sport. And there is nothing to dislike about them. They have won this title comfortably and in some style.

It was a special occasion and to round things off with a win like that was absolutely magnificent. It might have been a beautiful accident, but this has been the ultimate feel-good title win.

City should be ashamed

For Manchester City to be scrambling around trying to stay in the top four is embarrassing. And forget money, with the players and quality in their squad they should be ashamed.

Yes, Manuel Pellegrini is a nice guy but his side have not been good enough. People say Pep Guardiola’s appointment affected the players but that is a poor excuse. There were bad performances long before that announcement — losing at home to West Ham and Liverpool and away to Spurs.

Now fourth place is in Man United’s hands. There is no comparison between the two squads — City have superior players — but you have to question their hunger. They just seem complacent.

Sainst march on

Back-to-back wins against Man City and Tottenham mean Southampton will end the season on a high. Virgil van Dijk has been an excellent signing and his new six-year deal shows the club have plenty of ambition.

Second chance

The last time Burnley won promotion to the Premier League I was excited to see Sam Vokes in the top flight.

Injury robbed him of that chance so I’m delighted for him to have another. He has scored some vital goals for his club and I’m looking forward to seeing how he copes with the challenge next season.

Sunderland can thank Defoe:

AS the relegation battle started to heat up, I fancied Newcastle to survive. After an incredible swing it’s Sunderland who are now in the driving seat.

I wouldn’t rule out one final twist in the tale but if there’s one team you would want to play right now with Premier League survival at stake, it’s got to be Everton.

After the euphoria of the weekend, the Stadium of Light will be absolutely rocking on Wednesday night. And Jermain Defoe will be licking his lips.

He might not win any big awards but you’d do well to find a player who has been more valuable to his side this season than Defoe. As soon as he took that touch in the box you just knew he would score. If he keeps them up he could be one of the most important players in the club’s history.

For Sam Allardyce (left) survival would be sweet, especially if it’s Rafa Benitez who ends up going down. His arrival at Newcastle certainly added extra spice to the relegation fight. Defoe’s goals have been worth 14 points to Sunderland this season.

Terry - the best in the Premier League

IF I was picking my ultimate Premier League team there is one name who would always be at the heart of my defence. John Terry has been the best defender we’ve seen in this competition, no question.

The two yellow cards he got at Sunderland were not Terry tackles and I’m sure he will be saddened to miss out on a proper farewell at Stamford Bridge. But when he looks back on his career he can be proud.

Most people can only dream of the football story that is Terry’s life. He is a player that guarantees you wins and trophies. And he has won nearly everything there is to win with Chelsea.

He might not be playing but he will get an unbelievable send-off on Sunday and I wouldn’t bet against him still being at the club in some capacity next year. Stranger things have happened. – Daily Mail

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