Five Things The Premier League Taught Us This Weekend
So that’s it, Leicester City have lifted the Premier League trophy to cap off a stunning season that no one saw coming.
Wes Morgan hoisted the silverware aloft after an impressive 3-1 win over Everton, but that wasn’t the only drama on the penultimate domestic weekend.
There was action and incident at the bottom of the table, as well as a late twist in the race for fourth place.
But what lessons did we learn? Here are five:
Leicester Don’t Do Hangovers
After a mammoth party at Jamie Vardy’s house on Monday night, Leicester showed no signs of a WKD induced hangover on Saturday evening, as they easily dispatched Everton.
Vardy was back on top form (maybe WKD is his version of rocket fuel), as he scored twice and even had the game wrapped up in time to smash a penalty into row Z.
Everton have their own problems – their manager being one of the biggest – but Leicester gave their fans a typically excellent final home performance before watching Morgan get his hands on the trophy.
Incredible story – complete.
Newcastle Blew Their Chance
Rafa Benitez may have just about started to believe that he could be the man behind the great escape at Newcastle United, but the Magpies shot themselves in the foot in spectacular style.
Needing to beat Aston Villa – the worst team in the league by some distance – to keep their chances alive, Benitez watched on as his toothless side failed to breach a Villa defence that has shipped 72 goals this season.
Combined with other results going against them, Newcastle are now one point behind Sunderland having played a game less, and could be relegated on Wednesday night.
Benitez may be regretting taking the job now.
Sunderland Are Experts At Survival
Sunderland could give Bear Grylls’ a run for his money when it comes to surviving in extreme conditions.
Year after year they don’t start playing until April/May, when they pull out a couple of incredible wins and survive for another year in the top flight.
This year was no different, as they beat Chelsea at home for the first time in 16 years to move out of the relegation zone, and put survival firmly in their sights.
They’ll stay up – and relegate bitter rivals Newcastle – on Wednesday night, should they beat out of form Everton, which looks a formality the way both sides have been playing lately.
Manchester United Are On The Verge Of Nicking A Champions League Place
Throughout the season, Manchester United have been a shadow of their former selves.
Louis van Gaal has been boring fans to death with his style of football – but thanks to neighbours City fucking up their fourth place finish, United are two wins away from stealing a top four spot.
Finishing fourth and winning the FA Cup would undoubtedly be a successful season for United, despite them looking totally incapable of doing so all through this season.
Thank God for Marcus Rashford, ey?
Manchester City Don’t Give A Shit About Manuel Pellegrini
Over 54,000 watched Manchester City open the door for Man United to steal the fourth Champions League spot, as they drew 2-2 with Arsenal at the Etihad.
It was Pellegrini’s last game at home, but less than 5,000 stuck around to say goodbye to the man that led them to a Champions League semi-final just four days earlier.
As the Chilean answered questions from the pitchside announcer, it was hard not to feel sorry for him, as he spoke to a nearly totally empty stadium.
As if City fans needed any more criticism this season.