It was a game Tottenham had to win to stand any chance of pushing Leicester city all the way in the title hunt.
Then there the banners, with one Chelsea supporter unveiling one which read ‘Let’s do it for Ranieri,’ making clear the support for the Leicester City manager whose time at Stamford Bridge continues to be remembered with fondness.But while the anti-Tottenham sentiment appeared to have spiced up the home side’s approach – it needed some injection of passion after an abject defence of the title – the febrile atmosphere also added devil to Tottenham’s play.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min gave Tottenham a two goal lead but second half goals from Gary Cahill and then Eden Hazard saw the match end level enough for Leicester to win the title.Knowing nothing but a victory would keep them in with a chance of winning a first title since 1961, Spurs stormed into a two goal first-half lead with Harry Kane (35) and Son Heung-min (44) netting within nine minutes of each other.But despite their lead, Spurs began to lose their heads. Rose sparked a 20-man touchline brawl with a heavy challenge on Willian which Pochettino attempted to break-up before players from both sides rushed to the scene.Inevitably, one was Dembele, who was caught on camera scraping his fingers across Costa’s left eye.If the Belgian escapes punishment for the Fabregas incident, he will be fortunate to avoid censure for the clash with Costa.Kane should have delivered it on 50 minutes when he let Begovic off the hook with a soft right-foot strike after being put through by Lamela, who was booked sixty seconds later for the game’s latest late challenge on Fabregas.But after being bullied and outplayed by Spurs, Chelsea dragged themselves back into the game shortly before the hour mark when Cahill made it 2-1.
The Chelsea defender capitalised on a loose ball from Willian’s corner to send a left-foot strike past Lloris and spark a tense final thirty minutes.With time running out for Chelsea, Hazard hauled them level, and crushed Tottenham’s hopes, when he played a one-two with Costa before curling an unstoppable strike beyond Lloris. The midfielder milked the moment, sliding on his knees in celebration in front of the Spurs fans, just over a week after insisting Chelsea were desperate to derail their title dream.
Leicester city have now been crowned the Champion of the league after Tottenham’s draw as their seven points at the top cannot be overhauled whatever the circumstance of the remaining two league games.