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What do other Premier League clubs think about Leicester’s title win?

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It is the most incredible title win in Premier League history.

Leicester City came out of nowhere to win the 2015-16 title in one of the greatest sporting upsets of all time.

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With that news still sinking in, how did managers and players of other clubs feel about the Foxes being the unexpected champs?

Overall, pretty much everyone is happy.

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Below is a look at what a leading figure from each club in the PL had to say about Leicester’s title win.


Arsenal – Manager, Arsene Wenger

“Congratulations to Ranieri and all the players. It’s a remarkable achievement and it has also been done in an unusual way which gives us food for thought.Their success is based on team spirit. They had low possession and that is very unusual.

But they were strong in what they did. They defended very well, they were very clinical and they were very efficient defensively. That was unexpected. Is that a trend in the coming season? I don’t know. If you look at their results they lost only three games and that’s remarkable looking at thequality of their competitors.”

Aston Villa – Former manager, Remi Garde

“When you see Leicester now, it’s crazy and unbelievable, nobody could have seen that 12 months ago. We should be inspired by that.”

Bournemouth – Manager Eddie Howe

“I think there is only going to be one Leicester. Who knows what the future holds, but I think it would be difficult for anyone to do that again. That’s why the odds were what they were at the start of the season. I know you have to dream and have that vision and hope, but I do think it was a one-off.”

Chelsea – Captain, John Terry

“Congratulations to Leicester because they have been superb this year. It still hurts us losing the league after winning it last year. It hurts us conceding it to Leicester but we’ll be back next year.”

Crystal Palace – Manager, Alan Pardew

“Leicester won the league after 36 games and for 10 games last season they were the best team in the league. So for the best part of 50 games they’ve been the best team in the country. All this about things falling their way is not quite correct. So they deserve all the plaudits they get. I’m glad they’ve done it early because they can enjoy it now. I think Leicester’s title win is already impacting on other managers,” said Pardew. “You can only name about five or six managers not under pressure in the Premier League.

“At the top clubs it’s had an impact definitely. Leicester have shattered the glass ceiling that I for one thought would probably be impossible to break. They’ve gone and done it and it’s amazing. We all know it’s unique. It puts more pressure on those of us lucky enough to be managing in the Premier League, so we’ll look forward to that. Football isn’t all logic. It’s almost like some stardust has fallen on Leicester.”

Everton – Manager, Roberto Martinez

“They have been a real inspiration in terms of a winning team, and not just in football, throughout sport. To have that intensity and that drive and, against all odds, it has been the real fairy tale of football and sport in general in the modern game.

Liverpool – Manager, Jurgen Klopp

“It is the best story ever.”

Manchester City – Captain, Vincent Kompany

Manchester United – Manager, Louis Van Gaal

“I have great respect for the champions Leicester City who deserved their league win. You cannot say that if we didn’t have our injuries then we would have been first. No, this would be disrespectful to the champions who totally deserve it in my eyes.”

Newcastle United – Winger, Andros Townsend

Norwich City – Midfielder, Gary O'Neil

Southampton – Manager, Ronald Koeman

“What you see in the Premier league now is that there is not a big difference… that gap is not so big and that gap is showed by Leicester, by West Ham and by Southampton last season and this season. The achievement of Leicester is great for football.”

Stoke City – Manager, Mark Hughes

“Whether or not it is unprecedented, are we going to see more so-called unfashionable clubs getting to the top of the pile, who knows? But it’s a great effort that Leicester have been able to do it with a couple of games to spare. They deserve great credit for that.”

Sunderland – Striker, Fabio Borini

Swansea City – Manager, Francesco Guidolin

“In the future the money in the Premier League goes to all teams, so a good squad, good manager and club can make a difference. It is possible to have a project and play for important targets. But it is not easy in the Premier League, you can do it one time (like Leicester) after 20 years. I won’t call it a miracle because it is a true story for Leicester. A team can play for third, fourth or fifth, but to win it is very difficult.”

Tottenham Hotspur – Striker, Harry Kane

Watford – Midfielder, Adlene Guedioura

“I think this story will inspire not only footballers but everyone because it is something unbelievable they did. Knowing Riyad Mahrez and talking to him they were not thinking about being in the top three or top ten this season. When they finished at the top it was something unbelievable. It’s a great story but especially it’s a good example that everything is reachable if you have a lot of motivation, a good spirit in the team and a manager that brings people to the top.”

West Ham United – Manager, Slaven Bilic

“They give hope to not only every football but every sporting club in the world.”

West Bromwich Albion – Manager, Tony Pulis

“You have to give credit for Leicester for getting those players. Everybody is looking for those type of players but Leicester have gone and got them. The great thing about Leicester is they’ve played like a team and once they built up momentum everybody at that football club bought into it.”

Norwich City 3-2 Newcastle United: Canaries close to safety after thrilling finish

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  • Canaries lose 1-0 and 2-1 leads
  • Mitrovic nets twice for NUFC
  • Olsson snares late winner
  • Mbokani, Klose also score

Martin Olsson’s seeing-eye stoppage time goal may’ve ensured Norwich City’s Premier League survival in a 3-2 win over Newcastle United at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Substitute striker Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s second-half brace looked to have lifted Newcastle to a critical point, evening the score with Norwich goals from Timm Klose and Dieumerci Mbokani.

The win lifts Norwich six points clear of Newcastle and four points ahead of Sunderland with six games remaining for the Canaries and seven for the Black Cats and Magpies.

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Mbokani had a goal called back when he was needlessly offside to tap a goal past Karl Darlow. Mbokani was a yard offside but three yards past his man, and Norwich let an incredible chance pass.

The Canaries kept up the pressure against Newcastle’s makeshift back line, and Darlow was forced into several key stops. Robbie Brady was a pest all over the pitch, and Darlow did well to stop him in the 30th minute.

It was Darlow on the doorstep moments later, as Mbokani had the whole net only to see an outstanding reflex save from the keeper.

Klose put Norwich up just before halftime, Johnny on the spot to nod Brady’s free kick home and give the Canaries a critical 1-0 lead.

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Newcastle brought on Ayoze Perez at half, replacing Cheick Tiote.

It was Papiss Cisse who might’ve tied it up in the 51st minute, with John Ruddy prone after parrying a Daryl Janmaat shot. Cisse blasted it wide of a yawning goal from a somewhat-tight angle, and it Newcastle remained down 1-0.

Mitrovic equalized with a header, but the deadlock didn’t didn’t last long. Mbokani cruised past Janmaat and blazed a shot past Darlow. The third-string keeper should’ve had it, but that matters not.

Gary O'Neil then handled a ball in the box, and Mitrovic left no doubt with his pen to make it 2-2.

Premier League roundup: Foxes can smell title, West Ham laments PK, big win for Norwich

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Leicester City took another step toward winning the Premier League, Norwich City took a stride toward staying up, and Crystal Palace is still without a Premier League win in 2016.

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Those are just some of the talking points from an under-the-radar Saturday in England’s top-flight.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester City — RECAP

Still top of the league. Still top of the leeeeeague. They’re Leicester City, and they’re still top of the league.

Foxes look increasingly likely to win the Premier League, as old pals Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez linked up to give Leicester City a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park. The lead is 8 points ahead of Spurs’ Sunday match against Bournemouth, while Saturday’s hosts are slipping closer to the relegation zone, with Norwich winning and Sunderland and/or Newcastle to pick up points on Sunday. There have been no Premier League wins for Palace in 2016. Zero.

Chelsea 2-2 West Ham UnitedRECAP

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19:  Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea is challenged by Michail Antonio of West Ham United resulting in a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on March 19, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
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Oh, this one was controversial. West Ham led twice thanks to Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll goals, but Cesc Fabregas scored a pair of equalizers to stop the Irons from reaching the Top Four. The first one was a gorgeous free kick, but the second was the conversion of a suspect penalty. Ruben Loftus-Cheek appeared to either trip over his feet or catch the very edge of Michail Antonio‘s boot just outside the West Ham, but the penalty was given and converted by Fabregas (who actually completely stopped his momentum on the PK attempt). Slaven Bilic was furious, and the Irons are a point back of fourth-place Man City.

Everton 0-2 Arsenal — RECAP

Everton played very poorly, and Arsenal made the Toffees pay dearly at Goodison Park. First Danny Welbeck was the beneficiary of some very smart football before sliding around Joel Robles, and then Alex Iwobi scored his first Premier League goal as the Toffees never really looked like a comeback was possible.

 

West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Norwich CityRECAP

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 19:  Robbie Brady of Norwich City celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City at The Hawthorns on March 19, 2016 in West Bromwich, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Sunday’s Tyne-Wear Derby got a whole lot more intense after Norwich City won to push Sunderland into the drop zone with Newcastle United. Robbie Brady scored for the Canaries, who picked up their first win in any competition since Jan. 2. Norwich is three points clear of 18th place Sunderland, and four ahead of 19th place Newcastle.

Watford 1-2 Stoke CityRECAP

The Potters carried the play, and the day, although Troy Deeney scored late to produce a bit of drama at Vicarage Road. Jon Walters had a goal and an assist for Stoke, and Joselu scored the other goal as Stoke sits 7th.

Swansea City 1-0 Aston VillaRECAP

A sloppy affair at the Liberty Stadium saw the home side take all three points after Brad Guzan punched a free kick off Federico Fernandez and in. Swansea is almost certainly staying up, while Villa is all but in the Championship.

SUNDAY
Newcastle United vs. Sunderland — 9:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
Southampton vs. Liverpool — 9:30 a.m. ET (Premier League ExtraTime)
Manchester City vs. Manchester United — Noon ET (NBC)
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Bournemouth — Noon ET (Premier League ExtraTime)

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Leicester City 31 19 9 3 54 31 23 9-5-1 10-4-2 66
Tottenham Hotspur 30 16 10 4 53 24 29 8-5-2 8-5-2 58
Arsenal 30 16 7 7 48 30 18 8-3-3 8-4-4 55
Manchester City 29 15 6 8 52 31 21 10-1-4 5-5-4 51
West Ham United 30 13 11 6 47 35 12 7-5-2 6-6-4 50
Manchester United 29 13 8 8 37 27 10 8-4-2 5-4-6 47
Stoke City 31 13 7 11 34 37 -3 7-2-6 6-5-5 46
Southampton 30 12 8 10 38 30 8 7-3-5 5-5-5 44
Liverpool 28 12 8 8 43 37 6 5-5-3 7-3-5 44
Chelsea 30 10 11 9 45 41 4 5-7-4 5-4-5 41
West Bromwich Albion 30 10 9 11 30 37 -7 6-4-6 4-5-5 39
Everton 29 9 11 9 51 41 10 4-4-8 5-7-1 38
Bournemouth 30 10 8 12 38 47 -9 5-4-6 5-4-6 38
Watford 30 10 7 13 30 32 -2 5-4-7 5-3-6 37
Swansea City 31 9 9 13 31 40 -9 6-5-5 3-4-8 36
Crystal Palace 30 9 6 15 32 40 -8 4-2-10 5-4-5 33
Norwich City 31 7 7 17 32 54 -22 4-5-6 3-2-11 28

Sunderland 29 6 7 16 35 54 -19 4-4-6 2-3-10 25
Newcastle United 29 6 6 17 28 54 -26 4-5-5 2-1-12 24
Aston Villa 31 3 7 21 22 58 -36 2-4-9 1-3-12 16

O’Neil broods as drug test keeps him from celebrating first win since January

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Norwich City got a massive win on Saturday, and Gary O'Neil couldn’t even celebrate the achievement.

Robbie Brady‘s goal allowed the visitors to snare three points against Tony Pulis‘ mercurial West Bromwich Albion, moving the Canaries out of the drop zone.

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It was Norwich’s first win since Jan. 2, a run of 11 matches — 10 in the Premier League — in which they scooped up a total of two points.

On 28 points, 17th place Norwich now leads Sunderland and Newcastle, who play Sunday at St. James Park, by three and four points respectively, and hosts the Magpies next week.

So how did O’Neil celebrate? With a urine test.

Poor Gary.

West Brom 0-1 Norwich: Canaries grab huge win to boost survival hopes

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  • Brady grabs Norwich’s first win in 11
  • Back-to-back clean sheets for Norwich
  • Canaries now have 28 points
  • West Brom lose for first time in 5

Norwich City beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at the Hawthorns to boost their hopes of staying in the Premier League and ending a 10-game run without a victory.

Alex Neil‘s side won courtesy of Robbie Brady‘s strike and managed to keep a clean sheet for the second-straight game after going eight games without keeping one.

The Canaries now have 28 points and sit fourth from bottom, three points ahead of Sunderland and four points ahead of Newcastle. West Brom remain on 39 points after losing for the first time in five games.

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Norwich had plenty of the ball early on but failed to create any clear cut chances.

West Brom grew into the game and after a corner was half cleared Claudio Yacob sent an effort just wide of the post as the Baggies gathered a head of steam.

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Norwich’s Gary O’Neill then gave the ball away in front of the back four and Stephane Sessegnon surged forward but drove his effort wide of the near post when he should have hit the target.

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Five minutes into the second half Norwich went 1-0 up as Matt Jarvis was found in the box by Dieumerci Mbokani and although the ball got stuck under his feet, Brady was on hand to finish. 1-0 to the visitors as their survival hopes received a huge shot in the arm.

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Craig Gardner whipped in a free kick which somehow evaded everyone but despite pinning Norwich back the home side were failing to create any clear chances.

In the end Norwich held on for the victory rather easily and piled pressure on relegation rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland ahead of their Tyne-Wear derby later in Week 31.