The Premier League title race came to a thrilling finale on Monday night (2 May) but it did not involve newly-crowned champions Leicester City. The Foxes players were watching it unfold on the television as Chelsea scored two second-half goals to end Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of fighting for the title.
The north London club were the only team with the hope of denting Leicester's chances of lifting the title this season but needed a win against the Blues at Stamford Bridge to have any hope of keeping the race alive. Mauricio Pochettino's team were in the driving seat after goals from Harry Kane and Heung Min-Son put them 2-0 up at half-time.
Chelsea, however, had other ideas and came back via Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard, who prior to the game, had made it clear that he did not want Spurs to win the title. The Belgian, who was a second-half substitute, curled a brilliant effort with seven minutes remaining to end the White Hart Lane outfit's title hopes. The newly crowned Premier League champions will be given the guard of honour by Everton when the Toffees visit the King Power Stadium on Saturday (7 May).
Claudio Ranieri had admitted following their draw against Manchester United on Sunday (1 May) that he will miss the game due to his scheduled trip to Italy but it was clear that the manager's focus was on Stamford Bridge, after Hiddink discussed the Italian coach's phone call following the 2-2 draw.
"Just after the final whistle, a few minutes after the judo, I got a call from Ranieri. He thanked us especially for what we did in the second half and I congratulated him for being champions. They deserved it, it may be a bit of a shock for the established clubs that they did so well. They didn't implode, there was no tension when they started smelling the title," Hiddink said, as quoted by the Guardian.
"I didn't see any tears because it was not a Facetime conversation but his voice was trembling a bit. He said five times thanks. His emotion was going up," the Dutch manager added.