Leicester City is still on top after Tottenham and Arsenal made friendly draw. Meanwhile Manchester City won against Aston Villa.
According to reports from the Mirror, Pep Guardiola is looking to sign three world-class players this summer to kick-start his Manchester City revolution. The Spaniard, currently at Bayern Munich, will not be expected to win the Champions League in his first season in charge at the Etihad after explaining to the board that he will need time to implement his ideals and philosophies.
Instead, Guardiola will be tasked with completing Stage 1 of a three-year mission to build a team that can sustain a status among the world’s top five. City chief executive Ferran Soriano outlined the club’s expectations to a select few in London, and revealed that his fellow Catalan will have plenty of cash to reshape the squad, but it’s thought that the cash will be spent on just a trio of players.
Guardiola has already been heavily linked with £40m moves for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez and Everton’s defender John Stones, while other names on the reported transfer target list include Bayern duo Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski, plus Barca’s Sergio Busquets.
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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