Leicester crowned champions as Spurs crumble at Chelsea

Date published: Monday 2nd May 2016 9:55

Erik Lamela: Leaves the field dejected at full-time

Erik Lamela: Leaves the field dejected at full-time

Leicester are the champions of England for the first time in their history after nearest challengers Tottenham wasted a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at Chelsea.

Spurs needed to end their 26-year wait for victory at Stamford Bridge to have any hope of overhauling the Foxes and were 2-0 ahead at half-time through goals from Harry Kane – his 25th in the league this season – and Son Heung-Min.

Gary Cahill pulled a goal back before substitute Eden Hazard belatedly rediscovered his blistering form of last season with the goal which denied Spurs and saw Leicester crowned champions.

Tottenham’s failure to see out victory can be attributed, at least in part, to their indiscipline in a niggly encounter which will see numerous incidents scrutinised by the Football Association. Nine Spurs players were booked, four after Hazard’s equaliser, and the players left the field squabbling.

Mousa Dembele: Tangles with Diego Costa

Both clubs can expect a charge for failing to control their players, but Spurs’ charge sheet is likely to be a lengthy one.

Mousa Dembele can expect to be charged after appearing to poke the eye of striker Diego Costa in a melee at the end of the first half.

The mass confrontation began when Danny Rose and Willian faced up to each other, with Mauricio Pochettino coming on to the pitch to intervene.

Costa himself might have seen red for motioning his head towards Jan Vertonghen after the Spurs defender had grabbed his shirt, while Kyle Walker kicked Pedro off the ball and Cesc Fabregas claimed Erik Lamela trod on him.

Spurs’ most recent win at Stamford Bridge was in February 1990, when Gary Lineker scored the winner.

And now Leicester fan Lineker will have to fulfil his pledge of hosting Match of the Day in his underwear as the Foxes are champions.

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri was rumoured to be flying to Stamford Bridge following lunch in Italy with his mother, but his whereabouts was unknown.

The Leicester players gathering at striker Jamie Vardy’s Melton Mowbray home would have been optimistic of a memorable night as Chelsea made a bright start.

Cahill headed wide from a corner and the stress was telling on Tottenham as Dembele and Walker lost their cool.

Dembele and John Obi Mikel had a heated discussion after the midfielder had stepped over Fabregas.

And Walker kicked Pedro off the ball and then received a yellow card for a late tackle on the same player.

Fabregas passed a shot wide of the post after being teed-up by Costa, while Rose shot over and Son wide for Spurs, whose pace was troubling Chelsea.

Harry Kane: Celebrates with fellow goalscorer Son Heung-Min

Hugo Lloris tipped a Costa effort over before Spurs took the lead as John Terry, returning after missing 10 of the previous 12 games, played Kane onside.

Lamela found Kane with a superbly weighted pass and Kane showed fantastic composure to round Asmir Begovic.

Vertonghen and Costa added to their running feud before Spurs struck once more.

Begovic’s poor goal kick was not dealt with and Branislav Ivanovic gifted the ball to Christian Eriksen. The Dane fed Son, who finished with aplomb.

Gary Cahill: Celebrates his goal for Chelsea

Son shot just wide early in the second half, but Chelsea pulled a goal back when a Willian corner fell for Cahill, who fired in.

Hazard, on for Pedro, tried to inspire Chelsea and one run ended with Willian denied by Lloris.

Walker made a vital intervention to prevent Hazard’s cross being turned in by Costa.

Substitute Ryan Mason should have done better on the counter and Spurs were made to pay when Hazard brilliantly equalised.

Tottenham had conceded just twice in their prior six league games and their reaction was to take out their disappointment on Chelsea as Leicester celebrated.

 

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    James Marshment
    James Marshment
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    Leicester are the champions of England for the first time in their history after Tottenham wasted a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at Chelsea.

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    #993306
    redblood
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    Welllllllll doneeeeeeeeeeeeeeee you Foxesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

    #993498

    Elvis
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    Well done!!! Congratulations!!!

    #993585

    ParkLane
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    Well done Leicester on closing it out.
    The title was gone when we failed to beat Liverpool early last month tbh.
    Must say I’m surprised Chelsea could go even further down in my estimations but they managed it.
    Starting with Willian’s absurd reaction to Rose’s foul they used all their experience to bring the game into the gutter with Costa.
    Spurs would’ve hoped to ignore it but it’s a lesson for them. Will come with experience.

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    Oscar Uzoma
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    parklane…. they used all their
    experience to bring the game into the
    gutter with Costa….so sorry I apologize

    #993651

    ParkLane
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    Thanks apology accepted

    #993693
    Wise-fan
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    I didn’t like our players playing to stop Spurs winning. i was disappointed with our motivation. but i thought the Spurs players we disgusting trying to stamp, kick and break leg of a fellow footballer is absolutely terrible. i was very horrified and disgusted. and how they kept 11 men on the pitch is beyond me. they lost the plot. anyway Congratulation to Leicester City Football Club.

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    ParkLane
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    The only leg breaker I saw was Costa leaving one on Alderweirweld after the ball was long gone.
    But Spurs did lose the plot. Everyone knows how Chelsea go about things, we should’ve just stuck to taking them apart with our football rather than falling for the dirty tricks.
    But as I said our young players will learn.
    Hopefully Conte will get Costa out the door and change the culture once and for all.

    #993879

    foxyfoxes
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    Parklane, Lamela’s studs up tackle in the second half was a straight red dude.

    #994911
    Wise-fan
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    Any Spurs fan who thinks Lamela’s stamp on Fabregas wasn’t deliberate is deluded. and how Dier stayed on the pitch? Walker was also disgrace. Spurs were more interested in leg breaking competition in the second half.

    #995169
    oldgrendel
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    Well done to Leicester for their determination and excellent play. But kudos too for the Spurs for showing grit. Both clubs, if they can stay together and learn from this process, should be fighting for title next year. Again well done and thanks for the exciting season.

    #995289
    redblood
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    Spot on OG mate.

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