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MANCHESTER---Leicester s players are getting
ready for another big party --- and this time the
fans are invited.
Images of the Leicester squad celebrating its
unlikely Premier League title triumph in Jamie
Vardy s house on Monday night were posted on
social media and went global. Wes Morgan, Leices-
ter s captain, was filmed being spun around the
kitchen floor while jubilant teammates danced around
his side's goal
at Old Trafford,
him, savouring one of the greatest-ever sporting
Tomorrow, Morgan will have the honour of lifting
the Premier League trophy in front of more than
30,000 fans at Leicester s atmospheric King Power
Stadium. Add Morgan s name to the likes of Man-
chester United s Roy Keane, Arsenal s Tony Adams
and Manchester City s Vincent Kompany, some of
the other inspirational captains to have got their
hands on English soccer s biggest prize.
The Leicester story is rich with feel-good tales,
notably Vardy s rise from playing non-league soccer
to being English champion in the space of five years.
Morgan s back-story is also one to gladden the heart,
The 32-year-old centre back was released by
Notts County as a youngster and also had to start
again in the non-leagues. He got another chance
in the professional ranks, this time with Nottingham
Forest in 2001, but was overweight and was worked
extra hard by the club s fitness staff.
He became a mainstay of Forest s team for a
decade before moving to Leicester in 2012, and only
got his first taste of top-flight soccer at the age of
30. He was error-prone in the early stages of last
season but is now a commanding presence in the
defense alongside fellow centre back Robert Huth.
Leicester will be presented with the trophy after
Saturday s match against Everton, which will be as
much a celebration as a game of football.
"I m just going to try and hold back the tears,"
Morgan said. "I think it s going to be very emotional.
It s the biggest moment of my life. I can t wait to
lift the trophy and get my hands on it."
There s another treat for Leicester fans on Sat-
urday: Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will sing before
the game, honouring a commitment he gave to
Ranieri in a conversation six weeks ago if Leicester
went on to win the Premier League.
Leicester, a 5,000-1 longshot for the title at the
start of the season, has achieved the unthinkable
with two games still to play. For many other teams
in the Premier League, there s still plenty at stake.
Race for Champions League
Leicester and second-place Tottenham are already
guaranteed to be playing in the Champions League
next season. There is a massive scrap behind them
for the other two berths in Europe s top club com-
petition, and some big teams are going to miss out.
Arsenal and Manchester City currently occupy
third and fourth place, and they meet at City s
Etihad Stadium on Sunday. A loss for City could
leave the team in danger of being caught by Man-
chester United and West Ham, who are fifth and
sixth respectively and have games in hand on Arsenal
City s other avenue for Champions League qual-
ification --- by winning the competition this season
--- was closed off when City was eliminated by Real
Madrid in the semifinals on Wednesday, losing 1-
0 in the return leg.
United has a hard match away to relegation-
threatened Norwich and West Ham hosts Swansea,
which is already safe. United and West Ham play
each other next week in their penultimate game.
Fight for survival
The fight to avoid relegation to the Championship
is just as tight, with two of Newcastle, Norwich
and Sunderland set for the drop and just two points
Norwich (31 points) and Sunderland (32 points)
are currently in the relegation zone, with Newcastle
in 17th place on 33 points having played a game
Newcastle is away to already-relegated Aston Villa
and Sunderland hosts Chelsea.
Leicester primed for
big party with fans
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