A fast-paced and fiery game saw Tottenham Hotspur draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on Monday night, which in hand awarded Leicester City the Premier League title.
The Lilywhites needed a win to keep the title race alive, but were left reeling as a 2-2 draw ended their premiership hopes.
It was none other than Harry Kane who put Tottenham in front at the Bridge in the 35th minute. In the absence of Dele Alli, Mauricio Pochettino opted for Son Hueng-min and it was a good decision as the South Korean put Spurs 2-0 up before half time. Christian Eriksen looked up and played the perfect pass through to Son before placing it beyond Asmir Begovic.
Spurs may have been on top, but they lost their cool just before half time as a fight erupted on the sideline, which involved almost everyone from both benches. Chelsea then fired back to make it 2-1 through a Gary Cahill goal in the 58th minute. A corner was controlled by the defender, who then knocked it into the back of the net with the outside of his boot. A resurgent Chelsea tested Hugo Lloris once more, but the Frenchman took it comfortably.
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Eden Hazard broke Tottenham hearts with a superb goal to equalise in the final seven minutes of the game to give Leicester the title. It was a spicy affair with more than half (nine in the end) of the Tottenham side in referee Mark Clattenburg’s book, while Chelsea were not too far behind. Clattenburg allowed the game to flow, but the tackles were consistent and the game was an emotional one.
Spurs had the opportunity to put the game to bed in the 75th minute as Toby Alderweireld fired a long ball up to Kyle Walker who controlled it nicely to pass to Ryan Mason, only for the Englishman to have his shot saved by Begovic. As we now know, Leicester City are the 2015-16 Premier League champions.
Was it a red card?
At the end of the first half there was a scuffle on the sideline. It was originally between Danny Rose and Willian, but a fired-up Mauricio Pochettino got involved to try and calm things down. Eventually, both teams were at each other’s throats.
It will be interesting to see what comes of the Diego Costa and Moussa Dembele fight, as it was supposedly missed by officials. Dembele appeared to scratch Costa while in the mix of it all. The only ones to be penalised were the original offenders, Rose and Willian.
Good stage for Son Hueng-min
Son started at the Bridge and he did not disappoint. The South Korean had numerous shots at goal, including two very close shots that were dragged just wide. Son then made it 2-0 before half time with a well taken goal after lovely build-up from Eriksen.
The striker was originally a back-up for Harry Kane should he get injured, and many doubted him, but he has showed that he can make that step-up should it ever occur. He was substituted after the Chelsea goal however, so maybe Pochettino will take some more convincing.
Spurs need to move on
They may have lost any chance at the title in the last 10 minutes, but their football this season has been ridiculously impressive. Pochettino has taken this team and has made it one of the best in England.
Next year will be a big question of whether they can actually win the Premier League. It has been reported that Pochettino has signed a contract for five more years at White Hart Lane, which is great news for the team and the fans.
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