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Leicester clinches Champions League spot with Spurs victory over Man Utd

40 points? Check. Top-half finish? Check. Champions League? Also Check.

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Leicester City Football Club will play Champions League football next season.

A 2-0 victory over Sunderland for the Foxes coupled with Spurs beating Manchester United 3-0 at White Hart Lane means that the Foxes can't drop below fourth place and are 19 points ahead of fifth-place United.

With five games remaining in the Premier League season, the gap between Leicester and the teams on the fringe of European places can't be erased. The Foxes will join the likes of Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich next year in Europe's biggest club competition, at least the qualifying round.

At the start of the season, if you would've told the Leicester faithful that they'd finish with a spot in Europe, they would've written you off as a crazy person. If you upgraded that prediction to a Premier League title, they would've checked you in to the nearest mental institution.

But that achievement has become secondary lately with the Foxes seven points off the top of the table with five games remaining. While Ranieri still has the media believing he's content with just achieving 40 points, this is another serious accomplishment for Leicester and they can now focus their sights on writing the end to one of sports'  greatest underdog stories.

A title for the Foxes would seed them in Pot 1 with Europe's other domestic league title-winners, giving the club a better chance at a fortunate group draw and a better route to the competition's elimination stages.