It was Eden Hazard’s goal against Spurs that won the league for Leicester City last year, and while the Foxes did not get a chance to repay that favor this year, one of their goals still has ended up playing a role in Chelsea’s end of season recognition.
What does makes a bit extra special is that the goal probably should’ve been disallowed for offside in the build-up — as if Hugo Lloris’s slip-n-slide antics weren’t amusing enough already.
So, Leicester may have lost 6-1 to Spurs on Thursday (yikes!), but that one goal has guaranteed that Thibaut Courtois will win the Premier League Golden Glove, which is awarded to the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets. 4
Courtois has 16 and Lloris has 15 heading into the final weekend. Should they end level on 16, they would both receive the award — there is no tiebreaker these days (games played was the tiebreaker before 2013).
The last Chelsea goalkeeper — and the only one, actually, since this award was only established in 2005 — to win this honor was Peter Cech, back in 2013-14 with 16.
Cech won it last year as well, this time with Arsenal, giving him four career Premier League Golden Gloves. This is Thibaut Courtois’s first, but he’s got plenty of time to catch up with the Chelsea legend.