Congratulations Leicester City
An amazing result that rival fans would need a heart of stone to be unmoved by. Who knows what will happen next. Will they soar to European heights like Nottingham Forrest or buckle under the burden? Right now no one in Leicester will care, they’re 5000-1 league champions. Few teams really worked them out and no one matched their consistency. No one saw them coming.
The Chelsea – Spurs game last night was prime time entertainment for reasons good and bad. A great goal from Eden Hazard and amazing resilience from Chelsea to come back from 2:0 down in a game where the result has little impact on their season.
Too many yellows, too few reds
There was a pretty vicious undercurrent to the game though, that referee Mark Clattenburg didn’t pick up on early enough. He was obviously keen to let the football be the story and early fouls were dealt with by warnings rather than cards. But it didn’t work and he ended up giving nine yellow cards to Spurs players and could easily have used two reds.
Danny Rose could have picked up two yellows but escaped with a warning for an early scything. When a scuffle broke out between Rose and Willian later, Mousa Dembele clearly stuck his finger in Diego Costa’s eye. Yes, Diego Costa – victim. Who’d a thought it. The eye gouge wasn’t spotted last night but he will surely get a ban for the remaining two games. Near the end Eric Dier should have picked up a second yellow. He was prabably saved by Clattenburg, rightly, playing advantage until another Spurs foul and not going back to the first incident.
Cesc Fabregas claimed that Erik Lamela stamped on his hand but it was hard to tell from the TV clips I saw. If there is film that confirms it then he will surely get a ban too. After the final whistle the scrapping continued down the tunnel. Entertaining if not very edifying.
But the night and the story belongs to Leicester City. This morning the Radio 4 News is live from Leicester and on Radio 2 Chris Evans is trying to talk football. Congratulations Leicester City, everyone sees you now.