So that’s that then. The man who led Leicester City to their greatest achievement in 133 years of existence, who, against 5,000-1 odds, reminded us that football is important because it provides moments of proof as to the ability to ascend over the bleak status quo — that we are surrounded by possibilities rather than dictated by a torrent of cruel fate, has been stabbed in the back by his club a day after declaring that “the dream is alive”.
Claudio Ranieri, the man who inspired Leicester City to its geatest season and orchestrated the biggest surprise in Premier League history, has been sacked less than a year after hoisting the EPL trophy.
The Daily Mail first reported that, in the middle of a relegation fight (but with the team still alive in the Champions League knockout stage. The Champions League! Leicester!), Ranieri had been let go.
Free-scoring Monaco met Pep Guardiola’s equally attack-minded Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, and then all hell broke loose. Fox Sports guaranteed us goals on FS1, and they didn’t lie to us.
Goals guaranteed as Man City host high-flying Monaco in the @ChampionsLeague Round of 16!
Sutton vs. Arsenal is not a thing anyone expected to happen at the start of the FA Cup, but after beating Cheltenham, Leeds United and Wimbledon, Sutton forced mighty Arsenal to come face them at Gander Green Lane. And man, they put on a show.
You just knew this wouldn't be an ordinary match when a man clad in just his undies and a giraffe hat ran onto the pitch.
Before and after from the Sutton United giraffe pitch invader.
The remarkable progress of non-league sides Lincoln City and Sutton United in the FA Cup will continue after Lincoln City’s shocking defeat of Burnley on Saturday. With Sutton United due to play Arsenal on Monday, we’ll soon see if two non-league sides can qualify for the quarterfinals for the first time ever.
Here are five of the most interesting characters from the sides.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will not walk out on Arsenal this season, but his future at the club remains in the balance with his contract set to expire in the summer. The BBC has reported that the 67-year-old and the club will come to a mutual agreement in the summer, but Wenger has made it clear that regardless of what happens, he will still be coaching next year.
David Luiz is no stranger to being absolutely hilarious. He used to combine his nuance for comedy both on and off the pitch, but now that’s he’s strictly business in defense for Chelsea, we’ve been limited to moments like this one here.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 17, 2017
Burnley’s Turf Moor was witness to one of the most spectacular achievements in the 146-year history of the FA Cup — Lincoln City, a non-league side in England’s fifth division, have advanced to the FA Cup quarterfinals, an achievement that hasn’t been accomplished since 1914.
The top four home records in the Premier League: Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Burnley. Yes, you read that correctly. Burnley has the fourth best home record in the league and trails Arsenal for third only on goal difference. This is the same Burnley that was ranked as the most likely team to be relegated this season by the English sports books at 11/10 odds. Instead, they now sit comfortably above the drop zone in 12th place.