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  • June 29, 2019
    Leicester legends Alan Smith, Matt Elliott, Simon Grayson and Steve Guppy give their reaction to one of the greatest upsets in sporting history. Sky Sports pundit Smith, who spent five years with the club between 1982-1987, told Sky Sports News HQ: Its one of those romantic stories I didnt think wed ever see at the top of the Premier League any more with the difference in money these days.The former England striker said he had never seen anything like this before, adding: I was in the stadium when Greece lifted the Euros in Portugal and that was a huge shock at the time. But this, over the course of nine months, in what I think is the most competitive league in the world, by a team that was 5000/1 at the start of the year, that nearly got relegated in the previous campaign, I just cant think of anything that equates to it. Leicester ratings Alan Smith give his verdict on Leicester players Elliott, former Leicester defender (1997-2005) spoke to SSNHQ from outside the King Power Stadium about the clubs transformation from last seasons 14th place finish to top spot this time around.He said: The predicament that most people thought Leicester would be in this season and the way theyve turned it round from the back end of the previous year is incredible stuff.Its one thing to be at the top for a little while but to be able to sustain it and finish off the job has been miraculous stuff and hats off to every player involved. Alan Smith gives his view on Leicesters title triumph with praise for forward Jamie Vardy. A lot of people have been sceptical even up to recent weeks that theyd maybe buckle under the pressure. Theyve done quite the opposite, theyve flipped it round on Tottenham. Last night, Tottenham folded in the second half when it really mattered.And the former former Foxes captain believes winning the Premier League title will help keep the key players at the club.He added: Leicesters going to have a massive pull to the players, to keep them. Theyve won the title, Champions League football next season, what else do you need? Leicester goalkeeper coach Mike Stowell says the squads team spirit was the key factor in winning the Premier League Preston North End manager Grayson, who played for the club between 1992-1997, praised Claudio Ranieri for carrying on the groundwork laid by predecessor Nigel Pearson last season.He said: First and foremost, we should give Nigel Pearson a lot of credit for keeping them in the division last year and theyve carried that momentum forwardWhat Ranieris done is hes gone in and not changed too much. Hes been very clever and kept his backroom staff on, who knew all about the football club. National treasure How Claudio Ranieri has risen to greatness at Leicester But hes obviously got a group of players that are enjoying what theyre doing and he hasnt tried to change too many things. Guppy, who enjoyed two periods with Leicester between (1997-2001 & 2004), added: I watched it in a little pub in my village - and for a little pub it was a bit lively. I took my daughter to school late this morning because everyone we passed wanted to talk about it.I moved back in November from America and people were starting to get excited. If you ever came to a game at the King Power, people felt it could be done months ago. Its special here. Also See: Leicester video Leicester stats Leicester stats Get a £10 free bet! Alex Smith Jersey .J. -- Pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major league seasons. Andrew Ankrah Jersey .com) - Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer were easy first-round winners Tuesday at the Australian Open. [url=] . 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Danny Cipriani illuminated an otherwise dull Aviva Premiership showdown at Allianz Park that saw Saracens grind out a 30-14 bonus-point victory over Wasps.With England head coach Eddie Jones watching from the stands, Cipriani set up his teams only try with a dashing step and injection of pace and sped off on another eye-catching break in the second half.It will not have been enough to change Jones thinking on a player he has repeatedly overlooked in favour of George Ford and Owen Farrell, but his creative spark behind an outmuscled pack breathed life into an eagerly-awaited clash that delivered few thrills.Saracens ended the leagues last 100 per cent record with two tries from Jamie George in the final 12 minutes propelling them out of sight in a comprehensive victory that serves a statement against a team viewed as the greatest threat to their title.Billy Vunipola emerged as their star performer after a tireless shift in which he carried the fight to Wasps time and again to help Saracens move to the top of the table.It was his older brother Mako who made the first indent on the visitors, however, after the loosehead prop burrowed over from a short-range line-out that was set up by a darting run from Schalk Brits and a brainless penalty by Nathan Hughes.Billy left his calling card on opposite number Hughes, a pretender to his England number eight jersey, by stripping the ball out of his hands to enable Saracens to launch a counter attack.It was not until the first quarter had passed that Wasps visited the home 22 for the first time and, although it was only a brief stay, there were signs that the balance of power was shifting.dddddddddddd.An attacking line-out ended just short of the line when prop Simon McIntyre was penalised for holding on, but a spin out of the tackle from the influential Ashley Johnson forced Saracens to scramble.Jimmy Gopperth landed a penalty to reward Wasps endeavour, but their scrum was taken apart shortly after and Alex Lozowski sent his kick between the uprights.It was going to take a flash of genius to pierce Saracens defence and it was delivered in the 38th minute when Cipriani skinned Billy Vunipola with a burst of acceleration, darted down an exposed left wing and fed the scoring pass to Josh Bassett.Once Kearnan Myall had been helped from the pitch with a bloodied head, the champions issued their response with a series of drives that ended with Richard Wigglesworth sending a fizzing final pass to Mike Ellery.Cipriani glided into space to set pulses racing early in the second half, but having chipped ahead he lost the foot race with Lozowski.Gopperth and Lozowski exchanged penalties and, following a 10-minute spell of dominance from Wasps, Saracens began camping deep in opposition territory but failed to score the try to put daylight between the rivals.Instead, the next points were delivered by the boot of Gopperth and the visitors appeared to be seizing the initiative only for replacement hooker George to burrow over from close range twice in succession. 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