By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Christian Eriksen has revealed he texted his friend and Denmark team-mate Kasper Schmeichel to congratulate the better team on winning the title.
Leicester were crowned Premier League champions for the first time in the club’s 138-year history on Monday night after Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea.
Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw by their fierce rivals in an explosive derby but Eriksen has pinpointed another 2-2 draw – against neighbours Arsenal – as the match which proved decisive in them failing to end their 55-year wait for top-flight glory.
The Gunners came back from a goal down on 5 March after being reduced to ten men to clinch a point.
Meanwhile, Leicester chalked up a string of 1-0 victories to establish an iron grip on the Premier League summit that they never relinquished.
“It is exceptional what they have done, I can only credit them for what they have done and achieved,” said Eriksen, as quoted by talkSPORT. “I texted Schmeichel to say congratulations and he was happy. I could feel that in his text message. He was really happy. They definitely deserve it.
“We threw it away a few games ago when we had the chance to go top, which we didn’t. After that they showed consistency by winning games 1-0 for the whole season. So congrats to Leicester. Hopefully next season will be revenge.”
Tottenham are likely to be slapped with a hefty fine after nine of their players were booked in Monday’s fractious derby.
Eriksen believes his team-mates’ willingness to go toe-to-toe against opposition who are trying to out-fight them proves they have added a quality which can change perceptions of the club.
“People have changed their minds how they see Spurs. It’s a good start and it’s something we have forced people to believe in us,” he said to talkSPORT.
In other Tottenham news, one of the club’s midfielders has rejected a new contract.