Liverpool, Chelsea squeeze out Leicester to clinch Champions League spots

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Leicester’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, center, scores an own goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium, in Leicester, England, Sunday, May 23, 2021. (Shaun Botterill/Pool via AP)

Even though the Premier League finale produced oscillating fortunes in the chase for the Champions League, a chaotic season ended fairly predictably on Sunday.

Liverpool and Chelsea squeezed out Leicester to secure top-four finishes that seemed out of reach at times in a pandemic-compressed season that stretched squads to the limit.

Chelsea could even afford to lose 2-1 at Aston Villa and still take fourth after Leicester was beaten 4-2 by Tottenham.

“There are no celebrations now around the dressing room,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said. “It’s a big relief.”

Jumping into third was a triumph reflecting Liverpool’s readjusted targets in a season of struggles and injuries after surrendering the trophy to…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper