Christian Eriksen has pin-pointed the 2-2 draw with Arsenal as the match which cost them a shot at winning the Premier League crown.
Spurs were held to a draw by fierce rivals Chelsea on Monday night, a result which handed the title to Leicester.
But midfielder Eriksen believes it was the draw against the Gunners – who came back from a goal down, having been reduced to ten men – which ended their hopes of ending their 55-year wait for top-flight glory.
Eriksen said: “It is exceptional what they have done, I can only credit them for what they have done and achieved.
“I texted [Denmark team-mate Kasper] 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 fiery derby with their west London neighbours.
Mousa Dembele could also be singled out for extra punishment after TV cameras filmed him gouging Chelsea striker Diego Costa’s eye.
But Eriksen believes his team-mates willingness to go toe-to-toe with against opposition trying to out-muscle them proves they have added a new 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.”