John Terry on Tuesday congratulated Leicester on winning the Premier League title and vowed Tottenham would remain without a win at Chelsea as long as he was at the club.
The 35-year-old defender returned from an Achilles injury in what was potentially his penultimate match at Stamford Bridge in the 2-2 draw which saw Leicester crowned Premier League champions. The Foxes visit on May 15, the final day of the season.
Spurs needed to end their 26-year wait for victory at Chelsea to have any hope of overhauling the Foxes and were 2-0 ahead at half-time through goals from Harry Kane, with his 25th league goal of the season, and Son Heung-min.
Gary Cahill netted and substitute Eden Hazard belatedly rediscovered his blistering form of last season with the goal which earned a 2-2 draw, denied Spurs and sent the Foxes into delirium.
Terry, who is out of contract this summer and is yet to agree an extension, wrote on Instagram: “What a game that was last night. Great character from the players to come back from 2-0 down.
“The atmosphere was incredible and we know how much that result means to you supporters. 27 years #notonmyshift
“Well done @garyjcahill and @hazardeden_10 on two superb finishes.
“Congratulations Leicester City and all their players, Claudio Ranieri who fully deserve the league title this year.”
Chelsea’s title defence has been wretched, but the players want to mount a bid for glory under incoming head coach Antonio Conte next term.
Cahill told Chelsea TV: “Whoever wins the league deserves to do so, but we want that back next year.”
Cahill enjoyed the ferocity of the bad-tempered encounter, the full ramifications of which will follow in the days ahead.
He told the London Evening Standard: “When there is that much at stake, people aren’t going to roll over, it’s competitive. That’s the way it is. We should enjoy the game for what it was.
“I thought the game was fantastic and played at an unbelievable pace.
“It boiled over at times because of what’s at stake, they were going for the league.
“The emotion was just there. It’s normal to react, but when everything has settled down, when it’s calm, it’s finished.”
Spurs will receive an automatic fine for having six players or more yellow carded.
Nine Spurs players finished with a booking, yet, somewhat remarkably, both sides finished with 11 players and referee Mark Clattenburg did not show a red card.
Clattenburg’s report was expected to be submitted on Tuesday, with FA disciplinary officials likely to be kept busy after a feisty encounter punctuated by ill-discipline and featuring mass melees at the end of either half.
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 a rebuke after appearing to poke the eye of striker Diego Costa in a fracas at the end of the first half.
The mass confrontation began when Danny Rose and Willian faced up to each other, with Spurs boss 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.
Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink tumbled into the away dugout in the skirmish at the end of the game but played down the incident, pointing to his judo training.
He said: “If you have done some judo and wrestling you can easily fall. Even at my age, I had no problem to fall down.”