Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs slip up at the Bridge and concede defeat in title race

Leicester City are the Premier League champions after Spurs let a half-time two goal lead slip at arch rivals Chelsea.

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs slip up at the Bridge and concede defeat in title race
Spurs looked dejected as Diego Costa struck the equaliser. Source || John Walton/PA
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Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea : Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, (Hazard, 46), Willian; Costa
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, (Davies, 81); Dier, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Son, (Mason, 65); Kane
SCORE: 0-1, min 35, Kane. 0-2, min 44, Son. 1-2 min 57, Cahill.
REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg Booked Walker (min, 27) Vertonghen (min, 38) Walker (min, 45) Willian (min, 45) Lamela (min, 51) Eriksen (min, 70) Ivanovic (min, 71) Dier (min, 87) Mikel (min, 87) Kane (min, 90) Dembele (min, 90) Mason (min, 90)

Tottenham Hotspur travelled across London to rivals Chelsea knowing anything other than a win would secure Leicester City the Premier League title.

Spurs had not won at Stamford Bridge since 1990 and made just one change to the side that drew against Stoke last Monday with Son Heung Min replacing the suspended Dele Alli.

In the build up to the game several Chelsea players voiced their intentions of preventing Spurs from winning a first league title since 1961.

One of those players, Eden Hazard, dropped to the bench despite a brace last time out against Bournemouth. While Chelsea were able to name the same back four that played an integral part in their championship winning team last season, with John Terry and Gary Cahill returning to the side.

Dirty derby

Unsurprisingly it was the visitors that come out of the blocks in their typical high paced fashion, pressing high and passing the ball quickly.

There was the feeling of a real derby clash in the early exchanges as John Obi Mikel and Mousa Dembele confronted one another, before the Belgian midfielder then felt aggrieved by a swipe from Cesc Fabregas.

There were no real chances to mention until the 25th minute. After the in-form Pedro skinned Kyle Walker, Fabregas picked the ball up on the edge of the 18 yard box but his effort fizzed wide of Hugo Lloris’ far post.

Straight away Spurs could have taken the lead after some neat touches found Son in space from just outside the area. However the summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen was unable to get his effort on target.

Harry Kane then saw a dipping free-kick go just over while up the other end Diego Costa was denied by Lloris.

Spurs at the double

The deadlock was broken in the 35th minute when Kane scored his 25th league goal of the season. After some intricate passing play between Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela had the Chelsea defence at sixes and sevens, the Argentine toe-poked the ball through to Kane.

Timing his run to perfection, the Enfield born striker was clean on goal, and after calmly taking it round Asmir Begovic, he tucked the ball into the empty net.

The away end was sent into jubilation eight minutes later. Taking advantage of some sloppy play in the middle of the perk, Eriksen dribbled towards the Chelsea defence before slotting a through ball in Son’s path.

If there were question marks regarding his composure earlier on, then the forward made amends, tucking it under the onrushing Begovic to put his side 2-0 up.

Emotions boiled over when Mauricio Pochettino rushed on the pitch to split up Willian and Danny Rose, who both received bookings for their part in the incident. Dembele was then lucky not to see red after appearing to poke Costa in the eye.

The competitiveness carried on into the second half when Lamela was booked for a late challenge on Fabregas after 50 minutes.

Chelsea comeback secures title for Leicester

The Stamford Bridge faithful were off their seats just before the hour mark. Taking advantage of a loose ball, Gary Cahill lashed home Hazard’s corner with a left footed half volley.

Chelsea then had a few attempts to level the game before substitute Ryan Mason almost put the game to bed with 15 minutes to go. But Begovic was able to block his effort before parrying the rebound from Eriksen.

Spurs’ hearts were broken in the 83rd minute when the vocal Hazard equalised without the need of a touch. Running onto the ball, his effort flew past Lloris and into the roof of the net.

And as the full-time whistle blew, it was Leicester who celebrated as the points dropped by Spurs secured the title for the Foxes.