Claudio Ranieri flies to Italy with Leicester on verge of title, is time running out for Jack Wilshere to make Euro 2016 and will Pellegrini gamble pay off in Madrid?
The romantic at heart might hope that Leicester complete their crowning achievement on their own turf by defeating Everton at an incredulous King Power Stadium but the fact we can seemingly afford to be that picky is astonishing in itself and perhaps an alternative ending will be appropriate in its way. Claudio Ranieri is likely to be somewhere in the airspace between Italy and England during Monday evening’s potentially decisive meeting between Chelsea and Tottenham, a lunch arrangement with his 96-year-old mother taking priority over any handwringing in front of the television. There is the risk of verging on tweeness when talking about Ranieri these days – his team’s probable triumph has been overseen by a formidable football mind – but the lovely seam of eccentricity that has run through Leicester’s season is genuine and this might be a finale entirely in tune. They have done things their way and, even if Ranieri’s trip does not quite match Derby County’s tale from 1972 – the squad were holidaying in Mallorca and Brian Clough in the Scilly Isles with his family when news of their title win came through – it is at least another reminder of the very human element of this story. If Chelsea have produced the goods by the time Ranieri touches back down on English soil on Monday night then it is fair to assume he will not pass through the airport terminal unnoticed. Then, the celebration of a thrilling triumph can begin in earnest. Nick Ames