By Tony Hughes
Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness claimed the title race is over after Leicester pulled ten points clear at the Premier League summit on Sunday afternoon.
Claudio Ranieri’s team beat Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of Light in the lunchtime kick-off before Tottenham were due to host Manchester United at White Hart Lane later on Sunday.
Two clinical finishes from Jamie Vardy lifted the Leicester striker’s Premier League goal tally for the season to 21 and dealt a huge blow to Sunderland’s hopes of retaining their top-flight status.
Leicester need three wins from their final five matches of the season to be mathematically certain of winning the league for the first time in the club’s history.
Spurs, who have 62 points and a game in hand on Leicester, who have 72 points, now face an uphill battle to end their own 55-year title wait.
Sky Sports pundits Carragher and Souness are convinced the north London club’s title bid is now over.
“I said today that Spurs have to gain on Leicester,” Carragher told the station’s Super Sunday programme immediately after Leicester’s win. “Now, we don’t know how the Spurs result will go, but obviously they can’t gain, so I don’t see any way back for Spurs now.”
Souness is convinced Leicester will not be caught by any other team as pictured showed manager Ranieri in tears.
“I think they’ve done it now,” the Liverpool legend told the Super Sunday show. “He’s (Ranieri) been around the block several times, he can’t celebrate now but he knows he must be nine-tenths of the way there. He can see the trophy and might even have one hand on it.”
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