Premier League football is typified by blood, sweat and tears.
And four years ago today, Chelsea and Spurs took that to new extremes.
The 2-2 draw between the two London rivals in May 2016 had everything in a contest that has since been famously coined ‘The Battle of the Bridge.’
The hosts relished playing the role of spoilers while the visitors were frustrated in the extreme.
For the neutrals, the spectacle was utterly captivating.
Leicester – yes Leicester – were on the brink of the most remarkable title success in history with only Spurs capable of catching them.
Mauricio Pochettino’s young pretenders had to win to keep the race alive.
Chelsea were the reigning champions, but languishing in mid-table after Jose Mourinho’s house of cards dramatically fell down earlier in the campaign.
But the Blues, and Eden Hazard in particular, provided the telling title tale despite never being in the trophy picture themselves.
What transpired exceeded all expectations.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min put a dominant Spurs 2-0 up at half time, sending a message out to Leicester that their work wasn’t finished yet.
But that was just the beginning.
Chelsea came out in the second half on a mission to deny their rivals and ensure their 26-year unbeaten home record against them remained intact.
Gary Cahill and Hazard did the damage goal-wise but the actual football was almost a footnote to everything else.
Because this wasn’t football, it was fully fledged war.
Former referee Dermot Gallagher claimed matchday official Mark Clattenburg endured the toughest game in the Premier League era.
Clattenburg booked a record 12 players, nearly all of which sparked mass brawls due to the nature of the tackles.
How Eric Dier avoided a red card remains a mystery while Mousa Dembele racked up a six-game ban for gouging Diego Costa’s eye.
When the drama at Stamford Bridge finally fizzled out we were then treated to live scenes from Jamie Vardy’s kitchen to watch the Leicester players celebrate their heroics.
In terms of seminal games it really doesn’t get much more memorable.