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Published: 22:57 | 2/5/16

Ranieri "called to thank" Hiddink

Chelsea's draw with Spurs hands title to Leicester

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri rang his Chelsea counterpart Guus Hiddink to “five times say thanks” after the Blues secured a 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Monday to hand the Foxes the title.

Ranieri spoke to Hiddink by telephone after Monday's night draw, which saw Leicester crowned champions for the first time in their 132-year history.

"A few minutes after the final whistle, after the judo, I got a call from Ranieri," Hiddink told a post match news conference.

"I didn't see any tears. It wasn't a Facetime conversation. But his voice was trembling a bit - he said five times thanks."

Referee Mark Clattenburg showed 12 yellow cards during the match, and Hiddink said that the arguments continued in the tunnel, with Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino clashing following a melee as the teams walked towards the dressing room.

"There was a bit of verbal animosity. Everyone started dancing around and pushing around," he continued.

Pochettino paid tribute to Leicester, who secured the title with two matches to spare following the derby draw, but insists "the future can be brilliant" for his young side.

"First of all to congratulate Claudio and his players, an amazing season for them, they deserve the title. We feel very disappointed because we were fighting for the title nearly to the end," he said.

"When you play a team like Chelsea anything can happen, with the emotion in football but we need to feel proud, we are the youngest squad in the league.

"One feeling is to be disappointed because we are not in the race another is to be realistic, the season so far was fantastic. The future can be brilliant."

The Argentine played down his side's indiscipline during a feisty match at Stamford Bridge, and the Premier League record nine yellow cards his side received.

"In football this sometimes happens, with the emotion, we need to learn but I can say I feel very proud of our players and our supporters," he said.

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