Leicester missed their chance to consolidate their position to third in the Premier League after a 1–1 draw against Southampton at 10 in St Mary’s on Friday. Southampton was to play 80 minutes without Danny defender Jannik Vestergaard, who was sent off for foul on Jamie Vardy. But a second-half penalty from James Ward-Prowse brought Ronnie Hasenhuttl to a close match with Jonny Evans.
Leicester remains in third place, but Chelsea, who finished fourth, narrowed the distance by just two points to beat Fulham on Saturday. Fourth place will be reduced to a Europa League qualifier if Chelsea wins the Champions League, Arsenal wins the Europa League and both clubs are knocked out of the top four.
So Leicester will have to stay in third place to ensure that they qualify for the Champions League next season.
The fourth-place may still be enough for Brendan Rodgers’ team, but he has only four games left to secure his place in the European elite competition. “It’s a bit frustrating, but I don’t think we’ve done enough to win the game. A great opportunity against 10 men and we are very good in general,” said Rodgers.
“Credit Southampton, he defended deeply and compactly, but we are disappointed. The pace was very slow. We did not start playing at that pace until we got an equal. When we come back on Monday, it’s another point where we want to go. Now we have four games. We are in a wonderful position.”
In the FA Cup semi-final rematch following Leicester’s 1-0 win at Wembley two weeks ago, Southampton took a better look at themselves to end their three-match losing streak. Leicester City will next face Newcastle United on 8th May while Southampton will meet Liverpool the next day.
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