For the first time in club history, Leicester City are going to the UEFA Champions League. After some second-half heroics from Jamie Vardy against Sunderland and an incredible meltdown by Man United at White Hart Lane, Leicester City have been guaranteed a spot in the most prestigious competition in club football.
The Foxes clinched one of the four Premier League spots in the Champions League by virtue of their 2-0 win over Sunderland – giving them 72 points – combined with Manchester United’s 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur later that day. Leicester are now 19 points ahead of fifth-place Man United, who even with a game in hand cannot overtake Leicester for a UCL spot.
Though Leicester City have yet to clinch a spot in the Champions League group stage, they only need a maximum of four points to clinch a top-three finish in the Premier League and skip the UCL play-offs.
Manager Claudio Ranieri has coached Valencia, Chelsea and Inter Milan in the Champions League – but star players Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez and Danny Drinkwater have never played in the competition.
At 72 versus Tottenham’s 65 points, Leicester need just nine points to clinch the Premier League title – which would be their first ever title in the top division of English football.
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