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How the era of wealthy English superclubs has devalued the Double | Paul Wilson

It used to be seen as domestic football’s Everest but the modern domination of a handful of clubs has made winning the Premier League and FA Cup a much less remarkable feat

Antonio Conte is on the verge of winning the Double in his first season in England. That sounds a remarkable feat and actually it will be as Chelsea will have disposed of Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal in the FA Cup should they be found running round Wembley with the trophy on Saturday evening, though there can be little doubt the Double is a somewhat devalued currency these days.

Related: It was Arsenal’s day in 2002 – but it has mostly been Chelsea’s ever since | Amy Lawrence

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The Dozen’s dozen: our pick of this season’s best Premier League photos

As the curtain comes down on the 2016-17 Premier League season, we’ve had a look through our weekly roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight and picked out our favourite 12 pictures

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A Premier League season of soap opera where football felt like background music | Barney Ronay

The 2016-17 season still had its drama – moments of brilliance and booming narrative arcs to be resolved – but it was less title race than well-ordered title jog

Farewell, then, to the year that almost was. This was a Premier League season that sparked with a controlled excitement, never quite caught fire but still dished up another digestible slice of high-end product.

Things kept on almost happening. Leicester City almost completed the most dramatic title-plus-relegation act of all time. But then it was all sort of OK. Marco Silva almost pulled off a minor managerial miracle – but somehow not quite. To great fanfare Tottenham Hotspur pulled to within one victory of being quite close to creeping up on Chelsea’s shoulder at the top – almost but not quite, leaving for the third season in a row not so much a title race as a well-ordered title jog.

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A Premier League season of soap opera where football felt like background music | Barney Ronay

The 2016-17 season still had its drama – moments of brilliance and booming narrative arcs to be resolved – but it was less title race than well-ordered title jog

Farewell, then, to the year that almost was. This was a Premier League season that sparked with a controlled excitement, never quite caught fire but still dished up another digestible slice of high-end product.

Things kept on almost happening. Leicester City almost completed the most dramatic title-plus-relegation act of all time. But then it was all sort of OK. Marco Silva almost pulled off a minor managerial miracle – but somehow not quite. To great fanfare Tottenham Hotspur pulled to within one victory of being quite close to creeping up on Chelsea’s shoulder at the top – almost but not quite, leaving for the third season in a row not so much a title race as a well-ordered title jog.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the final weekend’s action

Jürgen Klopp must reinstate fear factor at Anfield; Southampton’s expectation levels threaten Claude Puel; Antonio Conte sees Arsenal as FA Cup favourites

Ronald Koeman was not in the mood to bite when the issue of Ross Barkley’s present and future was presented to him at the end of a flip-flop, relaxed, season-wind-down at Arsenal. Koeman gives the impression he would not be too fussed if an enigmatic homegrown talent headed for the exit during the close season. Still sitting on the contract offer from the club, Barkley was dropped to the bench this weekend and when he came on there was not much in the way of impact. “My focus is to improve the team,” Koeman said. “We will see if there is interest in players. They will knock on the door and talk to the board of the club and, if that happens, then we will speak to each other about that situation.” A statement on Barkley is due on Monday and it wouldn’t be a great surprise for the end of this Goodison story to be nigh. Amy Lawrence

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Premier League clockwatch: Watford v Manchester City and more!

2.28pm BST

◾️ | Here’s the @HullCity team to face @SpursOfficial in today’s @PremierLeague clash at the KCOM Stadium #HULTOT pic.twitter.com/yw4jTlSbcS

#THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Wanyama, Eriksen, Son, Dele, Kane. #COYS pic.twitter.com/zIE3m4nNer

2.27pm BST

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Terry (c); Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard. Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Chalobah, Matic, Pedro, Batshuayi.

Here’s how #SAFC line up for their final game of the 2016-17 @premierleague season v @ChelseaFCpic.twitter.com/XAErrmiq5v

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Premier League clockwatch: Watford v Manchester City and more!

2.28pm BST

◾️ | Here’s the @HullCity team to face @SpursOfficial in today’s @PremierLeague clash at the KCOM Stadium #HULTOT pic.twitter.com/yw4jTlSbcS

#THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Wanyama, Eriksen, Son, Dele, Kane. #COYS pic.twitter.com/zIE3m4nNer

2.27pm BST

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Terry (c); Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard. Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Chalobah, Matic, Pedro, Batshuayi.

Here’s how #SAFC line up for their final game of the 2016-17 @premierleague season v @ChelseaFCpic.twitter.com/XAErrmiq5v

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Premier League 2016-17 fans’ verdicts part two: Manchester Utd to West Ham

Featuring: Southampton’s record signings; why Stoke need change; and the manager who makes Eeyore sound like Norman Wisdom on nitrous oxide
Part 1: Arsenal to Manchester City

Pre-season prediction 1st; Position now 6th

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Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview

Tottenham travel to relegated Hull City with Harry Kane eager to secure the Golden Boot. The England international is now in pole position and will more than likely win the trophy for the second successive season. For Hull, if nothing else, some of the…

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Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world, says Pochettino – video

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino praises Harry Kane after the striker scored four goals in the club’s 6-1 win over Leicester on Thursday evening. Pochettino says that Kane, who has now scored 26 goals in the league this season, is one of the best strikers in the world

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day of the season

John Terry will say goodbye to Chelsea with the title, José Mourinho will pick his weakest team yet and Manchester City should tread carefully at Watford

The best team in the league face the worst team in the league in a match that will be played in a carefree atmosphere by everyone except John Terry, whose 717th and final Chelsea appearance will end with him – together with Gary Cahill – lifting the Premier League trophy, followed by a teary-eyed farewell speech to the fans. Sunday is the end of an era for Terry, his club and their opponents Sunderland, relegated at last after 10 successive top-flight seasons. Terry’s beer-glass-emptying, disabled-bay-filling, rival-abusing, full-kit-wearing past means he gets little love from rival fans, but on the field his record for Chelsea has been one of astonishing consistency and achievement. This week he said he had “still not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring from football”, and having seen his England captaincy come to a sudden and humiliating end, and his international career follow it in short order, he must be sorely tempted to enjoy one loud, loving, self-determined send-off. SB

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day of the season

John Terry will say goodbye to Chelsea with the title, José Mourinho will pick his weakest team yet and Manchester City should tread carefully at Watford

The best team in the league face the worst team in the league in a match that will be played in a carefree atmosphere by everyone except John Terry, whose 717th and final Chelsea appearance will end with him – together with Gary Cahill – lifting the Premier League trophy, followed by a teary-eyed farewell speech to the fans. Sunday is the end of an era for Terry, his club and their opponents Sunderland, relegated at last after 10 successive top-flight seasons. Terry’s beer-glass-emptying, disabled-bay-filling, rival-abusing, full-kit-wearing past means he gets little love from rival fans, but on the field his record for Chelsea has been one of astonishing consistency and achievement. This week he said he had “still not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring from football”, and having seen his England captaincy come to a sudden and humiliating end, and his international career follow it in short order, he must be sorely tempted to enjoy one loud, loving, self-determined send-off. SB

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Gylfi Sigurdsson is better off at Swansea than bigger club, says Paul Clement

• ‘He can’t have another situation like he had at Tottenham,’ says manager
• ‘I hope he stays but I also hope in the future he gets to play for really big club’

Paul Clement believes Gylfi Sigurdsson is better off being the key player at Swansea City rather than moving on this summer and risking a repeat of his experience at Tottenham Hotspur, where the midfielder spent two years trying to hold down a regular first-team place.

Speaking after Sigurdsson had said the previous night, at Swansea’s annual awards dinner, that he would leave only if the Welsh club decided to sell him, Clement expressed his hope that the Icelander would one day get the opportunity to “play for a really big club”.

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane strikes four in 6-1 thrashing of Leicester

A team do not need a title to show their class. Tottenham Hotspur demonstrated their excellence at the King Power Stadium by swatting aside last season’s champions with regal aplomb. Harry Kane struck four goals and Son Heung-min scored twice as Mauricio Pochettino’s men showed determination to finish their campaign on a high even if Chelsea are out of their reach. The Premier League’s top-scorer crown is now within Kane’s grasp.

This match was about maintaining standards. There were no longer any trophies at stake nor relegation traps to dodge but both managers stressed before kick-off that they wanted their players to perform as if their futures depended on this game. That might not even have been too much of an exaggeration in some cases, although the person with the most riding on the game may have been Craig Shakespeare, whose prospects of being kept on as Leicester manager for next season could be enhanced if he finished the campaign on a triumphant note and guided the team into the top half of the table. That would amount to a display of strong and steady leadership by the 53-year-old bearing in mind the chaos that Leicester were in when Claudio Ranieri was voted out of office in February.

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Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live!

6.58pm BST

Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Benalouane, Fuchs, Chilwell; Mahrez, Ndidi, Amartey, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy. Subs: Musa, Kapustka, Slimani, Zieler, Gray, Wasilewski, Moore.

Tottenham: Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Wanyama, Dembele; Sissoko, Alli, Son; Kane. Subs: Vorm, Wimmer, Lesniak, Shashoua, Eriksen, Nkoudou, Janssen.

9.26am BST

Hello. Leicester City might not be the champions of England any more, but the presence of Tottenham at the King Power Stadium does give their supporters a chance to take a walk down memory

White Hart
lane. Tottenham, of course, were Leicester’s fiercest challengers during last season’s title race and even Mauricio Pochettino’s youthful tyros couldn’t keep up with those fleet-footed Foxes. They’ll always be linked by a common bond, these two, although you suspect one team appreciates it significantly more than the other.

That said, while Leicester will savour last year’s magnificence for the rest of eternity, memories to keep them warm in dark times, Tottenham are the team of the moment (other than, er, Chelsea, the team that won the title six days ago). Their win over Manchester United in the final game at the old White Hart Lane means that they are guaranteed to finish second for the first time in a Premier League, a fine achievement for a club operating on a lower budget than many of their immediate rivals. Have Tottenham fallen short? Yes, but in a way that should only make their supporters excited about whatever’s going to come next. As long as Pochettino stays and the board doesn’t get blinded by pound signs, this team will continue to grow.

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Football transfer rumours: have Chelsea bid £55m for PSG’s Marco Verratti?

Today’s fluff has been hearing symphonies

Never mind idle gossip, the innocent speculation over potential future happenings, this morning’s Mill can do much better than that: we have exclusively stolen from elsewhere news of something that has already happened. Chelsea have already offered Paris Saint-Germain £55m for Marco Verratti, says the Sun, though the Italian’s current situation sounds quite complicated: he “wants to stay” in Paris, while PSG “are willing to sell”. Specifically, he is happy to remain in Paris so long as his employers improve upon the worryingly meagre £120,000-a-week wages he foolishly agreed to when signing a new five-year deal just last January.

Related: Bournemouth to bid more than £30m for Nathan Aké and Asmir Begovic

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Mauricio Pochettino: ‘I’m staying, there is no buy-out clause in my contract’

• Manager guarantees he will still be at Tottenham next season
• Coach has faced questions about his own future in recent weeks

Mauricio Pochettino has guaranteed he will still be Tottenham Hotspur manager at the start of next season and insists there is no buy-out clause in his contract.

Spurs have already secured a second-placed finish in the Premier League and sealed Champions League football for another year.

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Tottenham’s Danny Rose set to miss start of next season after knee surgery

• England full-back has exploratory surgery on his left knee
• Last appearance came in the 0-0 draw at Sunderland on 31 January

Danny Rose is likely to miss the beginning of next season after undergoing surgery to the left knee problem that has kept him out of action for the past three-and-a-half months.

The Tottenham Hotspur left-back, whose last appearance came in the 0-0 draw at Sunderland on 31 January, had made a return to training but he continued to feel pain and was unable to operate at full power.

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Tottenham’s Danny Rose set to miss start of next season after knee surgery

• England full-back has exploratory surgery on his left knee
• Last appearance came in the 0-0 draw at Sunderland on 31 January

Danny Rose is likely to miss the beginning of next season after undergoing surgery to the left knee problem that has kept him out of action for the past three-and-a-half months.

The Tottenham Hotspur left-back, whose last appearance came in the 0-0 draw at Sunderland on 31 January, had made a return to training but he continued to feel pain and was unable to operate at full power.

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