By Dominic Toner
Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez has claimed Tottenham’s failure at Chelsea in May was the funniest moment of last season.
Spurs were pegged back to 2-2 at Stamford Bridge after having a two-goal lead against Chelsea, which meant that Leicester won the Premier League for the first time in their history.
Eden Hazard scored a memorable equaliser to break Spurs hearts and Mahrez has described the moment as “funny”.
The Leicester winger was in phenomal form last season, scoring 18 goals and supplying 10 assists in 39 appearances across all competitions.
The reigning PFA Player of the Year Mahrez has recalled watching the match with his team-mates and videos emerged on social media of the Leicester players celebrating their title success.
“The funniest moment [of last season]? I think it was when Tottenham were 2-0 ahead of Chelsea at half-time,” Mahrez told FourFourTwo. “All the team were at [Jamie] Vardy’s house thinking ‘we’re probably not going to be champions tonight’,”
“I was like, ‘What’s the point of coming today?!’ and then 2-1, 2-2… it was funny.”
Spurs were involved in a title race with Leicester last season and the pair were involved in several mind games, with England team-mates Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane engaging in a Twitter alteration.
The north London club eventually fell away in the league and finished third-placed behind Leicester and rivals Arsenal.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are hoping to challenge once again this season for the domestic crown and are currently seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea, while Leicester are struggling down in 14th.
Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw against Leicester at White Hart Lane in October and will be looking for revenge in the reverse fixture in April.
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