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    Five Things We Learned This Weekend: Leicester's victory is a triumph of human character, much to celebrate for Spurs and the battle for 4th rumbles on

    Leicester City’s triumph is a celebration of the human character
    In case you live in the Gobi Desert (and in which case probably aren’t reading this anyway), Leicester City are champions of the Premier League. The outpourings of joy and celebration across social media, the mainstream press and in pubs and bars across the country showed how, across all sectors of society and from all corners of the world, everyone loves an underdog. Leicester City’s most improbable rise from relegation candidates to Premier League champions gives everyone hope that their wildest dreams are achievable, and that is why this astonishing achievement from a club from a small Midlands town crosses barriers beyond football.

    Tempestuous Tottenham have a bright future
    This game was never going to be a picture of serenity but it turned out to be one of the feistiest derbies ever between these two teams. Openly coming out only with the remit to spoil and to prevent Spurs winning the title was a startling but refreshingly real approach in the era of super-professionalism and Chelsea’s team played like their fans would have done. Tottenham’s young squad took the bait, hook, line and sinker and many players may be facing retrospective bans for their off-the-ball misdemeanours (some more unacceptable than others). However, Spurs should take much heart from their campaign this season and the (misplaced) passion on show last night. They have class in abundance, one of the best defence’s in the league and arguably one of the best young managers in the game. In many ways, the fact their title challenge failed stands them in excellent stead for next season - with one or two quality purchases in the summer, they will be there or thereabouts again next season.

    All eyes on Europe in the North-West
    The abject performances on show this weekend from Manchester City and Liverpool respectively came in different circumstances but the take-home point is the same; both clubs are willing to compromise their domestic campaign for their ambitions in Europe. Liverpool fans could potentially excuse their team falling to a sorry 3-1 defeat given the inexperienced line-up fielded by their club but his selection shows just how focused Klopp is on Europa League glory. City didn’t make such dramatic, wholesale changes, but the ease at which Southampton cantered to a 4-2 victory showed just how distracted they have become by the Champions League. Whether either takes glory on the European stage this year is one thing, but one thing is for sure, they are both entertaining a high risk strategy.

    The turnaround continues on Tyneside
    What a difference a month makes. Excluding Aston Villa, Newcastle were in the most abject position, several points behind Norwich and with a team woefully off-form. Not only have they picked up valuable, spirited points against Liverpool and Manchester City, but they have also collected the maximum possible from arguably the higher pressure games at home to Swansea and Crystal Palace. Sunderland may still have a game in hand but Rafael Benitez deserves enormous credit for transforming Newcastle into a team with every chance of staying up, and in such a short period of time, too.  With a favourable run-in compared to their rivals, they are this writer’s tip to stay up.

    West Ham keep the pressure on
    So many clubs have had a fantastic season and West Ham are very much one of those. They aren’t resting on their laurels and patting themselves on the back either, as slip-ups in the North-West meant their comfortable win away from home at The Hawthorns put them five points behind Manchester City with a game in hand. Most intriguingly, this happens to be against Manchester United and victory there could make for a nail-baiting weekend, especially given City’s distracted past few weeks (see above). Tuesday 10th May now looks a seminal moment for all three clubs and in this most rollercoaster of seasons, would you bet against West Ham pipping the Manchester clubs to the final top four spot?
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