Leicester City and Leeds United have been relegated from the Premier League in a dramatic twist of fate on the final day of the season, while Everton ensured their own survival with a narrow victory.
The Leicester City Foxes made history in 2016 when they lifted the Premier League title after an incredible underdog story, but now face life in England’s second-tier Championship after Sunday’s 2-1 win over West Ham United proved to be too little, too late.
Leeds United were also unable to stave off relegation, ending their 16-year stint in the Premier League as they finished 19th. They had ended 2020 ninth in the table but a spate of poor results meant that they were unable to stay up.
Everton, meanwhile, pulled off a remarkable escape act as their 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur was enough for them to finish 17th and survive the drop. A goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin just before halftime enabled Carlo Ancelotti’s side to stay up despite having only won two of their last 10 matches prior to Sunday’s game.
The relegation of Leicester City marks an unfortunate end for one of English football’s most inspiring stories and is likely to see many high profile players leaving the club as well as manager Brendan Rodgers seeking a new challenge elsewhere. The club have been praised for their handling of this difficult situation and will now refocus on getting promoted back into England’s top flight at the first opportunity.
The Leeds United faithful will no doubt be disappointed by their team’s relegation but will take solace knowing that they pushed some of Europe’s biggest clubs right until the very end this season and were unlucky not to remain in England’s top tier for another year.
As for Everton, a sigh of relief is being breathed across Merseyside as Carlo Ancelotti’s team managed to avoid disaster by keeping themselves afloat with some last-minute heroics on Sunday afternoon.
Overall it has been an incredibly difficult year for those relegated; Leeds United and Leicester City will be looking ahead at how best to rebuild ahead of next term as quickly as possible so as not be caught out again further down the line by another bout of misfortune or underperformance, while Everton will now hope that stability can lead them onto better things next term without fear of another near miss with relegation once again looming large. If you are interested in Leicester City jerseys and other peripherals, you can find out more by clicking here.