Five games that cost Tottenham the Premier League title

Few can begrudge Leicester City the Premier League title, with their rags-to-riches story one of the most heart-warming upsets in sporting history.

Despite this, Tottenham Hotspur were the 5000-1 outsiders’ major challengers and will themselves rue not pushing the Foxes more ardently or taking advantage of a changing of the guard to become English champions for the first time since 1961.

Aside from relinquishing a 2-0 lead against Chelsea last Monday to draw and hand Leicester the title, there are a host of other disappointing games that spring to mind when analysing Spurs’ season.

Here are FIVE fixtures that cost the White Hart Lane club the title this season.

Leicester 1-1 Tottenham

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When Leicester and Tottenham met at the King Power Stadium in the third fixture of the new season, few could have predicted the pair would be the division’s two front-runners to be champions.

However, so it proved and Spurs missed a chance to record their first victory of the campaign.

Dele Alli’s first goal for the North London club put the visitors into the lead with only nine minutes remaining, but Riyad Mahrez scored a minute later to give the Foxes a point.

If Spurs had won that game, the gap between the sides before the weekend would have been four points not seven, with a nail-biting finish to the campaign assured as a result.

Tottenham 0-1 Leicester

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The sides met again at White Hart Lane in January, in an evenly-matched clash.

With the game seemingly destined for a draw, both sides knew that a solitary goal would deliver three points – and it was the unlikely figure of Robert Huth that gave Leicester victory with an 83rd minute header.

Again a game Tottenham will look back at with regrets, even a draw here would have made the Foxes work a lot harder to become champions, while they easily could have snatched a goal themselves and won it.

Tottenham 1-2 Newcastle

Spurs v Newc

When Tottenham failed to score a second goal in this December clash with Newcastle following Eric Dier’s opener, there was something of an air of inevitability around when a late double blow gave the visitors victory.

A game that Spurs certainly will have wanted to close out, this really should have been three points rather than none.

Arguably the most disappointing game of the season from a Spurs perspective, it had a telling impact on the outcome of the title race.

Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal

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An inspired comeback from a goal down and Francis Coquelin’s red card gave Mauricio Pochettino’s men a 2-1 lead and real ascendancy in this North London Derby at White Hart Lane.

However, Alexis Sanchez struck to give the Gunners a point and dent Spurs’ momentum… and points tally.

Next season Tottenham will surely look to strike decisive blows in similar positions, especially against fellow top-four rivals.

Tottenham 2-2 Stoke City

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Another early season debacle, Tottenham found themselves 2-0 up against the Potters in their first home clash of the campaign.

An instillation of nerves with 15 minutes remaining allowed Mark Hughes’ men to salvage a draw and robbed Spurs of a critical two points.

Although a bad result, the positive is that the team that played that clash against Stoke and the one that stepped out against Chelsea has evolved substantially over the resulting nine months – which sets Spurs in a good position to go one step better in 2016/17.