Leicester completed perhaps the most unlikely sporting triumph in history on Monday night following an eventful 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Spurs. Understandably, the Foxes who never quit stole the headlines the following day with scenes from Jamie Vardy’s party (which has arguably been going on all season) adorning the back pages. Had this not been the game that gave Leicester the title, the back pages may have looked slightly different.
Monday’s draw at Stamford Bridge saw Mark Clattenburg, who quite comfortably had the most difficult job on the field, brandish 12 yellow cards in total, three to Chelsea and a whopping nine for Spurs.
There was one off-the-ball incident in particular which saw Mousa Dembele appear to eye-gauge Diego Costa. This was the low point of the evening conduct-wise and Dembele will be extremely lucky to escape retrospective action. If the FA considers this in the same way they did the Luis Suarez incident from a couple of years ago then Dembele could be looking at as long as ten games on the sidelines.
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Other incidents included Lamela appear to stamp on a Chelsea player’s hand and Kyle Walker kick out at Pedro (moments before clattering him again with a late challenge). Even at the end of the match tensions rose up in the tunnel and escalated into what appeared to be yet another mass brawl.
This one involved Danny Rose, after being pushed himself, toppling Guus Hiddink over. Mauricio Pochettino was also involved in the latter incident, emerging onto the pitch when a fight broke out between Rose and Willian; something you don’t see too often.
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Nevertheless, when the two teams were actually playing football they showed why they are two of the country’s biggest teams with some wonderful skill and beautiful goals being showcased. This was all overshadowed by the tension of the game though.
For Spurs, this is understandable. They have a very young squad and the game was gargantuan in size and importance for the young players. After all, it was the first top division title since 1961 (the first since the inception of the Premier League in 1992) that they were fighting for.
Chelsea however, seemed to just be fighting for the sake of fighting. There is a London rivalry to be considered of course, but this was just another game for Chelsea. Yes, they have a proud affiliation with Claudio Ranieri, but you won't be able to think of another team you would see out there fighting for the honour of a manager who left them over a decade ago.
After a season so disastrous it is surely only bettered in terms of disappointment by Aston Villa’s relegation, Chelsea have nothing to cheer for. That was all too apparent from the kick off as the teams began a heated battle.
By the end of the game, Chelsea were celebrating so loudly and so furiously that anyone would think they had won the title. Alas though, they didn’t. They’ve won nothing. As a result, the deafening cheer at the end of the 95 minutes was for drawing 2-2 with a side they used to beat every time they came to Stamford Bridge and, of course, being ninth in the Premier League. Now tell me who has more to be ashamed of, Spurs or Chelsea?