Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino congratulated Leicester on the Premier League title after Tottenham’s indiscipline proved costly 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, 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 saw Leicester crowned champions.
Striker Kane wrote on Twitter: “I’m so proud of this team and club. We put it all on the line but unfortunately it just wasn’t enough. We learn and come back stronger!
“Congratulations to Leicester on what they achieved. Finally thanks to all the fans! Let’s finish the season strong now!”
Spurs boss Pochettino, who now wants to seal second place, said: “I want to congratulate Leicester Football Club, Claudio Ranieri, all the players.
“It’s not the right moment to analyse the game. Our players are feeling very disappointed and sad now, but this is a good feeling. It’s a feeling we need to feel and for the future.
“We’re the youngest squad in the Premier League and we’re in a position that is fantastic.”
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, while Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink tumbled into the away dugout in the fracas.
Pochettino said: “Nothing to say. It’s normal, the emotion, fighting on the pitch maybe is not a good example for both teams – but it was hard.”