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Chelsea 2-2 Spurs - Mauricio's verdict

Posted on 2 May 2016  - 23:55

First disappointment, then pride – it was a night of mixed emotions for Mauricio Pochettino as any last, lingering hopes of the title finally faded at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

Mauricio with Guus HiddinkToby Alderweireld and Diego Costa

Every last ounce of effort was left on the pitch as we went 2-0 up only to succumb to an Eden Hazard equaliser seven minutes from time.

It was heart-pounding stuff from start to finish.

Two well-crafted goals finished by Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son put us in the driving seat at half-time but the arrival of Hazard lifted the home team in the second half. Gary Cahill pounced from a corner for 2-1 but it looked as if we’d weathered the storm. Ryan Mason was denied by Asmir Begovic only for Hazard to have the final word.

The draw meant Leicester City were crowned Premier League champions and that’s where Mauricio turned first in his post-match interviews.

"First of all, congratulations to Leicester, to Claudio Ranieri and his players, it has been an amazing season for them,” he said.

“We are disappointed because of how the game went. We had the opportunity to get the three points, but it’s always difficult. It was a battle. We are the youngest squad in the Premier League and we feel proud, proud of our players and supporters.

“We are still trying to make history. It’s true we feel sad and disappointed but heads up, the season has been fantastic in the way that we have played and the principles we’ve set out.

"Now we need to win the next games and try to be sure of second place. This is our objective now.”

Southampton are next up in our final home match of a memorable campaign on Sunday (May 8, 1.30pm).

“It’s the last game of the season in our stadium with our supporters and time to say ‘thank you’ for the whole season,” added Mauricio. “All together, we can be even stronger and the future can only be fantastic.”