After the terrible incidents of last Friday, which included suicide bombers trying to gain access to the Stade de France where France were playing Germany in a friendly, there was severe doubt over whether or not the friendly game between France and England would take place in London on Tuesday.
In a show of defiance the President of the French Football Federation, Noel Le Graet, confirmed the team would play the game.
On Monday, the third official day of mourning in France, manager Didier Deschamps spoke to the media for the first time since the attacks as he and his team were at Wembley for a training session.
“It’s difficult to respond, we are here as a staff and management and players, it’s hard to make a comment when there have been such atrocities,” Deschamps said. “As a group we are thinking of the victims and their families and friends, but to be honest I don’t want to talk too much on subjects not about the sport. We are representing our country in a particularly poignant moment. I am really grateful for the messages of solidarity and support all over the world, but especially from the English because we are to play the match [there]. The match will be full of emotion but we have a duty to perform and give a good account of ourselves and represent our country in the right way.”
Speaking about the events on Friday night in and around the Stade de France during the win against Germany, where explosions shook the stadium and were clearly audible to those present and watching on TVs around the world, Deschamps revealed that it didn’t become clear for quite some time what was happening. He also talked about how the decision was made for the French team to stay inside the stadium with the German team until early the next morning when they could be taken safely to the airport.
“It is the very first time a stadium, football players and supporters have been a target for a terrorist attack,” Deschamps said. “But sport has a way of uniting people, sport is the very representation of economic and social life; everyday life. I have always said that it is a huge source of pride for me to represent my country in sport and that has become even more important now. Sport represents a union of diversity and diversity coming together. Lassana Diarra’s message put it well; sport has no colour, sport has no religion.”
“We were focused on the game and heard the noises. But you are so focused, you aren’t aware of what it is. It was not until after, when it came to light the terrible events both in and around the stadium and in certain areas of Paris, what had happened,” Deschamps said. “When it became clear that Germany wanted to remain in the stadium, independent of what we were recommended by the security services, I approached Joachim Low and we said we would remain with them until the right solution was arrived at. We did not get back to Clairefontaine until the late hours. It was difficult to eat or sleep.”
For the game armed police will be in and around Wembley Stadium with the Metropolitan Police stepping up their presence at the home of soccer, while Prince William, the head of the English Football Association, will be in attendance as England will show its solidarity with its neighbors from across the channel. The famous arch at Wembley will be lit up in red, white and blue to represent the French flag, while fans inside the stadium will hold up a mosaic of the tricolore and the words to the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, will be put up on the big screens so England’s fans can join in.
France’s goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris spoke about what the last few days have been like for the players at their training base in Clairefontaine.
“We have been together and talked together as a group, it has been dramatic few days and very hard,” Lloris said. “We have been trying to keep focused and while at Clairefontaine trying to keep up with the news. We are now trying to focus our minds on doing the job on the field; to play for our country and play for the victims… Tomorrow will be a great moment of solidarity. The last three days have been dramatic and I think we were in mourning together. We spent time in Clairefontaine together and I think the president made the best decision to play this game. It will be an opportunity to show character through that game and allow us to share this moment with all the English people.”
Lloris, who plays his club soccer in London with Tottenham Hotspur, also made a point of thanking people around the globe for their messages of support following the atrocities but in particular the English authorities, media and fans.
“We’ve shared all our feelings and emotions amongst ourselves. It is a case of each individual to express themselves on the field and concentrate on the game from now on. There will be a lot of emotion from the players but we are in London and people here are respectful. It will be a great moment of solidarity. We have been touched by messages from all over the globe, particularly in England,” Lloris said. “I know the English very well from my time with Tottenham and I know they will help us to commemorate and do the right thing and support us before the game and we are very grateful for the messages. It’s important for us that for a group of players who will sing together and share that moment. It will be amazing if the England fans can sing the Marseillaise, and share in this moment.”
Deschamps remained defiant and issued the following message.
“We are here now to take to the field to represent our country. With even more pride than we normally would and make sure the blue, white and red are proudly represented by the players on the field,” Deschamps added.
Manchester United’s new-look side reclaimed a place in the top four, and so did Newcastle. Brighton and Aston Villa surprised by qualifying for Europe, while Liverpool dips into an unusual competition for its recent standards.
Teams were relegated. Managers were sacked. Goals were scored. And all the storylines are below.
Below are the answers to all of the questions you had around the Premier League fixtures and everything else you needed to know for the season, with full details on the Premier League TV schedule across the NBC family of channels and more.
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The final day of the season was Sunday, May 28, 2023.
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Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers
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Matchweek 38 – Championship Sunday
Sunday 28 May – All games kicked off at 11:30am ET
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Leicester City has been relegated to the Championship despite getting the win it needed to have hope of survival: a 2-1 defeat of West Ham United at the King Power Stadium on Championship Sunday.
Leicester entered the day two points back of Everton for 17th place on the Premier League table and got goals from Harvey Barnes and Wout Faes to secure three points, but Everton outlasted Bournemouth 1-0 to match the Foxes and keep them below the dreaded line.
Leicester finishes its season with 34 points in 18th place on the Premier League table.
West Ham, on the other hand, will be forgiven for focusing on the Europa Conference League Final but fought hard for an equalizer even though it only found a Pablo Fornals marker after Leicester had gone ahead two. The Irons finish 14th with 40 points.
“Too little, too late” may go down as the story of the Foxes season.
Leicester did not get its recruitment plans correct — somewhat forced by Financial Fair Play — and then put too much faith in Brendan Rodgers to make things work.
Dean Smith got some performances out of this men, few better than Sunday, but this ultimately feels like a fait accompli:Sometimes, the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Despite big seasons from Harvey Barnes and James Maddison, this was that.
There’s also the question of playing for a draw against Newcastle on Monday, but let’s not heap criticism on Dean Smith for taking a calculated risk. He deserves better.
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Leicester would love to see Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Wilfred Ndidi pass fitness checks, but Dean Smith will have rested and ready Harvey Barnes and James Maddison in a bid to score more goals than the Irons.
West Ham could be seeing the penultimate appearance of Declan Rice in an Irons shirt, as the big-money midfielder is being linked to several big clubs in the Premier League.
Leicester team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: James Justin (calf), Jannik Vestergaard (calf), Wilfred Ndidi (thigh), Caglar Soyuncu (thigh), Ryan Bertrand (other)
After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League returned with a bang and the start to 2023 delivered plenty of fun and it continued into the business end of the season.
Manchester City chased down Arsenal to win yet another Premier League title. Manchester United’s new-look side reclaimed a place in the top four, and so did Newcastle. Brighton and Aston Villa surprised by qualifying for Europe, while Liverpool dips into an unusual competition for its recent standards.
Teams were relegated. Managers were sacked. And here’s how the table looked when all was said and done.
Harry Kane scored twice more to complete his second 30-goal season, as Tottenham (60 points – 8th place) missed out on the Premier League’s final European place with Aston Villa beating 6th-place Brighton to qualify for the Europa Conference League. Now, a painfully pivotal summer of hirings and signings awaits for Spurs.
It was a nightmare start for Leeds, who needed not only a victory of their own but also points to be dropped by both Everton and Leicester above them. Tottenham’s first foray into Leeds’ penalty area ended with Kane hammering the ball past Joel Robles.
New half, same story for Leeds, who conceded once again barely a minute into the second half. Kane turned provider this time, as he lofted a blind ball into the channel for the overlapping Pedro Porro, who barely had a sight of goal with Robles smothering the near post. But, Porro placed a pinpoint strike just inside the far post from a tight angle.
Leeds gave themselves a faint hope when he slotted home after Georginio Rutter picked him out between two defenders in the 67th minute, but Kane answered just two minutes later with his second of the day and the 280th — and potentially final — goal of his Tottenham career.
“Everyone connected with Leeds United is deeply disappointed by the club’s relegation back to the Sky Bet Championship, after three seasons in the Premier League.
“Relegation is painful, and we apologize to our fanbase that the performances this season have not seen the club consolidate our status as we had all hoped.
“However, Leeds United remains in a strong position to build a team that can challenge for promotion from the Championship next season.
“We know things have not been good enough, we know we have to improve, but please be assured that behind the scenes we have worked hard to ensure that the past will not be repeated. Our focus is now on how we get straight back to the Premier League.
“Thank you for your unwavering support for the players and the badge, our objective is to continue to build the club into the one you deserve.”
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Leeds vs Tottenham, final score: 1-4
2nd minute – Harry Kane hammers home Tottenham’s opening goal
A nightmare start for Leeds as Harry Kane scores within the first two minutes of the match.
Leeds have had plenty of time opportunities to drag themselves out of the bottom-three and away from the relegation scrap as a whole, but they are now winless in their last eight games (0W-2D-6L) and have won just three of their last 24. Their biggest problem? The Premier League’s worst defensive record in 2022-23 — 74 goals conceded in 37 games. In each of the last four seasons, the side to concede the most goals has been relegated.
With another summer of uncertainty (from the manager to most of the first-team squad) on the cards for Spurs, Sunday could be the final time Harry Kane pulls on the white shirt of Tottenham, following reports this week that he will ask — or perhaps has already asked — to leave the club if a fair offer is made. Kane’s 278 goals make him the club’s all-time record goal scorer, and his departure could signal a full-blown tear-down and rebuild for the incoming manager still to be hired.
Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: Tyler Adams (hamstring – out for season), Luis Sinisterra (ankle – out for season), Patrick Bamford (thigh)