With so much on the line in last nights London derby between Chelsea and Spurs, tensions were bound to be high but no-one could have predicted the drama that ensued at Stamford Bridge.
With Spurs needing a win to keep their slim title hopes alive, they arrived at Stamford Bridge with an intensity not seen from their players before. That intensity though was poorly controlled as several incidences in the game caused players to clash during and after the game.
At least five players could, and probably should have been sent off for Spurs during the game as the high stakes caused the players to lose their cool on several occasions. The first player to walk the tight rope was Kyle Walker as he kicked out at Azpilicueta after the ball went out of play. The second Danny Rose, flew into tackle after tackle avoiding cards on multiple occasions. The right back only received a yellow after his fourth late tackle and an altercation with Willian.
During said altercation, Moussa Dembele clearly raked the face of Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who himself seemed to be getting involved in most of the skirmishes. The linesman appeared to have a perfect view of the incident but no action was taken on the French international. His partner in midfield Eric Dier was also lucky to play the full 90 minutes as he made some reckless challenges throughout.
An eye Gauge in rugby can get you a 24 week suspension… watch the FA bottle this and give Dembele a 2 game suspension
— James (@PeckishPenguin) May 2, 2016
Similar to Walker’s lashing out, Eric Lamela couldn’t control his urge to act out of frustration in the second half as he stood on Cesc Fabregas’ hand as the Spaniard lay on the floor. Referee Mark Clattenburg must have forgotten to pack his red card when he arrived at Stamford Bridge however, as none of the incidents were deemed worthy of a sending off.
The ref should just call time someone's gonna die out there
— Made (@MadeManJama) May 2, 2016
At the final whistle, incensed by the dirty tactics by Spurs, Diego Costa again got himself involved in a clash with Spurs sub goalkeeper Michel Worm. Watch as the violence spills over after the final whistle.
The sides drew 2-2 in a thrilling encounter from start to finish. Spurs had the upper hand at the break, leading 2-0 but the introduction of Eden Hazard, accompanied by Spurs inability to keep their cool saw Chelsea come back into the game and draw level. The draw sees Leicester City crowned as Premier League Champions for the first time in their history.
One former Spurs player took to twitter to congratulate Leicester on their achievement and send his condolences to his former club.
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) May 2, 2016