Destiny is firmly in their hands. The crazy dream of Leicester City winning the Premier League title nears reality. At Watford, they won somewhat ugly, edging an encounter high on grit and low on aesthetics, enduring a late onslaught from the hosts.
Leicester’s winning, though, will be recalled by Foxes fans as a piece of pure, unadulterated beauty: Riyad Mahrez’s 56th minute goal, a curling strike struck venomously beyond the wingspan of Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, with the hint of a deflection.
It broke the deadlock in a match that had previously threatened to be a turgid stalemate, leaving Claudio Ranieri’s team with a lone victory in their last four matches. Instead, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City are eating dust; Leicester are keeping their nerve where their rivals have repeatedly failed to do so.
That Leicester would end the weekend at the top of the table no matter what happened at Watford already betrayed chasers’ failings. The 2-2 North London derby played earlier on Saturday held great regrets for both Tottenham and Arsenal, leaving them powerless to prevent a lead of five points on Spurs and a gaping eight on the Gunners. A sense of helplessness can now be shared between those historic rivals, as well as City, 10 points back, and whose 4-0 defeat of Aston Villa had the look of too little, too late.
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