Chelsea Shocks Tottenham in Stunning Finale to EPL Season
May 11, 2017
It was an unbelievable finish to the English Premier League season, with all the top four sides winning against relegation-threatened opposition. This left Chelsea at the top of the table on points and goal difference, with Tottenham in second. It’s only fitting that the two sides will meet again this weekend in the FA Cup final. Here are my thoughts after one of the most exciting EPL seasons ever.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Manchester United (Eriksen 29′, Kane 54′) – Attendance: 31,848
Manchester United were outplayed for much of this match, but still had a chance to get back into it late on through their substitute Wayne Rooney. The former Everton striker was denied by a great save from Spurs ‘keeper Hugo Lloris, who finished with a clean sheet for just the second time in his EPL career. Christian Eriksen added an insurance goal in the 54th minute with a fantastic chip from outside the box. The win means that Tottenham finished as runners-up behind Chelsea (for now), while United’s chances of qualifying directly into next year’s Champions League are still alive but very slim
Chelsea Shocks Tottenham in Stunning Finale to EPL Season
By Jesse Donaldson | Last updated 5/22/16
With a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Monday, Chelsea’s season ended in a flurry of controversy. Whether the Blues will be celebrating their title win or lamenting a missed opportunity will likely depend on your club allegiance.
Diego Costa opened the scoring for the home side just seven minutes into the match with a shot from outside the box. Eden Hazard made it 2-0 just after halftime, but Spurs would not go quietly. Harry Kane scored from the penalty spot and with 10 minutes remaining, Chelsea looked to have conceded an equalizer when Gary Cahill was ruled to have handled Christian Eriksen’s shot in the box. However, referee Mark Clattenburg reversed his decision after consulting with his assistant, who’d signaled for a corner kick on the play. The match finished moments later and Chelsea secured their second title in three seasons.
The result means both Arsenal and Manchester City will finish third and fourth, respectively in order of their head-to-head record against each other this season: they each won one of those matches and drew in the other. Man City will enter next season’s Champions League
Stamford Bridge was rocking on Monday as Chelsea shocked Tottenham 2-2 in a thrilling finale to the 2016-17 English Premier League season.
Per Bleacher Report’s Sam Tighe, it was a game of three halves:
The visitors were the better side for much of the first half, with Victor Wanyama and Dele Alli going close before Christian Eriksen set up Harry Kane to score his 29th goal of the league campaign. These two sides have been battling neck-and-neck over the last few weeks, but it looked as though Spurs would be able to hold on to second place in the table and deny Chelsea the double after a 13th straight league win in December.
However, things changed dramatically in the second half. Michy Batshuayi, who came off the bench in the first half following an injury to Pedro, equalised five minutes into the second half against his former club. And then in stoppage time, when it looked like Tottenham might hold on for a draw to secure second place, Batshuayi scored again—this time into his own net—to give Spurs all three points.
BT Sport Football shared his reaction:
Spurs will be devastated to fall short at such a late stage
The English Premier League season came to a stunning end as Chelsea stunned Tottenham 2-0 and Arsenal finished off Everton 3-1 on the final day of action.
Chelsea were the big winners as they beat Tottenham 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, with a goal in either half sealing the victory. The win helped the Blues claim fourth place and a spot in the Champions League next season.
Chelsea started the match with a point advantage over Tottenham, but Spurs’ better goal differential meant that they were heavy favorites to finish in fourth place. But Chelsea’s win over Tottenham gave them a three-point advantage, which was enough to seal their position in next year’s Champions League.
For Chelsea, who fired manager Roberto Di Matteo earlier this season before sacking Rafael Benitez just last week and bringing back interim manager Guus Hiddink, the win was a sign that things are turning around for their club.
Their bid for another title will have to wait until next season, but their win over Tottenham was an impressive way to end the campaign. They now have plenty of momentum heading into next year after getting rid of two managers and still finishing fourth in the EPL table in 2013.
Tottenham Hotspur came into Sunday’s match against Chelsea needing a win to secure the final Champions League spot in the English Premier League. After leading 2-0 with only ten minutes remaining, the Spurs’ chance of a top four finish appeared all but certain. But then Chelsea scored twice, with the equalizer coming in the 94th minute, and Tottenham’s season ended in stunning fashion.
The result means that Arsenal will be playing in Europe’s premier club competition next season for the 19th consecutive year, while Tottenham must settle for Europa League football.
The match began as something of a cagey affair, but it opened up midway through the first half when Gareth Bale received a ball at midfield and took off on one of his trademark runs. In a flash, he left both John Terry and Ashley Cole strewn on the ground in his wake before scoring easily past Petr Cech to give Tottenham a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute.
It was a fitting end to the craziest Premier League campaign in history.
Chelsea and Tottenham, the two teams battling for the title, had to wait until the final day of the season to decide who would win it. Chelsea trailed Tottenham by seven points with three matches left, but won its final three games—including a 2-2 draw Sunday against Spurs—to lift the trophy.
The title race wasn’t the only thrilling subplot—there was also Liverpool’s meltdown in April, Leicester City’s spectacular collapse and Manchester United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League—but it was the only one that went down to the wire.
After nine months of nonstop soccer, there was little reason to expect anything but tense, defensive soccer as Tottenham visited Chelsea on Sunday. But what unfolded at Stamford Bridge was one of the most memorable contests in recent Premier League history.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham had chances to win the Premier League title, but an uncharacteristic error by Hugo Lloris and a wacky final play helped Chelsea steal it away.
It was a thrilling end to an unpredictable season, one that saw Leicester City shock the world by winning the title last year. This time around, a number of teams were in contention for the crown.
But it was Chelsea who emerged victorious on Sunday after a 2–2 draw against second-place Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. Spurs needed a win to have any chance of dethroning Chelsea and fell just short after failing to secure all three points.
The most shocking moment came in the 91st minute when Victor Moses won a penalty for the Blues after he went down inside the box under pressure from Dele Alli. Referee Bobby Madley pointed to the spot and Eden Hazard buried the PK to put Chelsea up 2–1.
Tottenham pushed forward in search of an equalizer and got it with virtually the last kick of the game when Harry Kane headed in from close range after Victor Wanyama’s shot hit the post.
The match ended 2–2, which meant Chelsea secured its second league title in three years under Antonio Conte.