By William Mailes
Leicester City are just one win away from a historic Premier League crown, after Spurs slipped up to draw 1-1 with West Brom on Monday night.
The Foxes can claim their first top-flight title win with two games to spare if they defeat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
In doing so, Leicester will receive a guard of honour at Stamford Bridge on the final day, a ground in which last time Claudio Ranieri had visited, he was told he “would never win the Premier League” and was sacked from Chelsea by Roman Abramovich.
Spurs title dreams now hang by a thread, as Craig Dawson scored a bizarre own goal to give Tottenham the lead, and then equalised with 17 minutes remaining.
And to compile the miserable night for Pochettino’s men, PFA Young Player of the Year Deli Alli is now facing a violent conduct ban for the rest of the season after a suspected punch on Albion midfielder Claudio Yacob.
It was a night in which Tottenham required nothing less than a win, and they came out with real intent. Harry Kane forced a smart point blank save from Baggies shot stopper Boaz Myhill, who tipped Kane’s low drive onto the inside of the post.
But the breakthrough did come, via a fantastic free kick from Dane Christian Eriksen that was bundled into his own goal by Dawson, underneath the on rushing Myhill, while under pressure by Jan Vertonghen.
West Brom were passengers for the majority of the first half, however they were a transformed outfit in the second.
Salomon Rondon smashed an effort at Hugo Lloris which was brilliantly saved, but the warning and pressure was not heeded.
And Spurs finally caved under the pressure as Dawson rose above everybody in the box to nod in an equaliser, in which Spurs could not recover from.
To add insult to injury, Eric Dier was clattered by his own keeper in the build up to the Albion leveller, and had to be replaced, summing up a night of frustration and anguish for Tottenham.
Spurs’ Harry Kane said: “We’ve got to keep fighting. We felt we should have won as we had a lot of chances in the first half.
“It’s a big blow. We felt we had to win all our games”
It now means if Jamie Vardy-less Leicester can grab all 3 points in Manchester next weekend, then they will be England’s elite team this season, and become the sixth team to win the Premier League since its introduction in 1992.
Despite Vardy being ruled out against Manchester United, they showed how ruthless and clinical they can without him be after dismantling Swansea City 4-0 with ease the day before.
With the gap at 7 points, it means that for Spurs to win the Premier League, they must win all 3 of their last games against Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle, and Leicester must drop points in all 3 of their matches against United, Everton and Chelsea.
It seems like a tall order for the North London outfit, who will travel to rivals Chelsea on Monday with the result potentially meaningless in terms of the title race.
Nonetheless, a second place finish and surely finishing above rivals Arsenal for the first time in 20 years is still a fantastic achievement and still a massive step in the right direction.
As for the Foxes however, it looks as if it has actually happened, the dream has come true, the doubters gave emphatically been proved wrong.
This is Leicester City’s year.