Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea: Dele Alli double ends Blues’ winning run

LONDON – Dele Alli scored twice to deny Chelsea an historic win record and send Tottenham back into the top four with a 2-0 victory over their fierce London rivals.

The midfielder nodded home two crosses from Christian Eriksen – both at the back post – to stop the Blues winning for a top-flight record 14th consecutive game.

The league leaders went close through Eden Hazard in the first half and Diego Costa in the second, but Spurs have cut Chelsea’s lead at the top to five points and opened up the title race.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino decided to match Chelsea like-for-like with wing-backs, and Kyle Walker and Danny Rose won the battle against Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso, who have been so instrumental to Antonio Conte’s successful system.

Dele Alli celebrates with Eric Dier after scoring his and Tottenham's second goal
Dele Alli celebrates with Eric Dier after scoring his and Tottenham’s second goal

Hazard should have fired the Blues in front after just five minutes when he beat the offside trap and was played through one-on-one with Hugo Lloris, but he shot wide of the far post.

Walker and Rose were menacing on either flank and Pedro was lucky to escape with just a yellow card when he came in late on the Spurs left-back, stirring back up some resentment from the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ last season.

Dier and man of the match and Alli speak to Sky Sports after Tottenham ended Chelsea's winning run
Dier and man of the match and Alli speak to Sky Sports after Tottenham ended Chelsea’s winning run

Pedro and Costa then exchanged heated words after Costa failed to play the forward into a shooting position, as Chelsea grew frustrated at being unable to threaten the Tottenham’s goal.

And Spurs had a deserved breakthrough on the stroke of the interval when Walker played in Eriksen to cross for Alli to nod home for the fourth consecutive game.

Alli directs his looping header into the top corner to put Spurs ahead
Alli directs his looping header into the top corner to put Spurs ahead

Chelsea came firing out of the traps in the second half and could have equalised through either Costa, who forced Lloris to tip wide from long range, or Hazard, who missed a close-range header at the far post.

But Alli made no mistake and doubled Spurs’ lead on 54 minutes when Eriksen picked out another well-timee run into the box, and he headed beyond Thibaut Courtois into the far corner – his third brace in as many matches.

Chelsea looked forlorn and bewildered, as Pedro found space but headed an Alonso cross feebly at Lloris, and Conte threw on Willian, Cesc Fabregas and Michy Batshuayi.

Alli scores his and Tottenham's second goal of the game
Alli scores his and Tottenham’s second goal of the game

But Tottenham held on for a memorable, fifth straight win to move third in the Premier League and just two points behind second-place Liverpool.

Tottenham: Lloris (7), Dier (7), Alderweireld (7), Vertonghen (7); Walker (8), Wanyama (7), Dembele (7), Rose (8), Alli (9), Eriksen (8), Kane (7)

Subs used: Winks (6), Sissoko (5), Son (5)

Chelsea: Courtois (6), Cahill (6), Luiz (7), Azpilicueta (6); Moses (6), Kante (7), Matic (6), Alonso (6); Pedro (7), Costa (6), Hazard (7)

Subs used: Willian (5), Fabregas (5), Batshuayi (6)

Man of the match: Dele Alli

Skysports

Related Posts
Barca’s ‘MSN’ Beliebers after training visit
Even Barcelona's stellar cast of millionaires were star-struck on Monday by a visit from Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber to the Spanish champions training ground. Bieber, who is set to perform ...
READ MORE
Zidane interested in managing Real Madrid
PARIS (Reuters) - Zinedine Zidane has said he would be willing to become Real Madrid head coach although he was not in a hurry.   "Of course, if the role is offered ...
READ MORE
West Ham sign Nigeria striker Emenike on loan
LONDON (Reuters) - West Ham United have signed Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike on loan until the end of the season from Fenerbahce with an option to make the deal permanent, the ...
READ MORE
I regret; I should have chosen Ghana over Italy – Balotelli
Ghana-born Italian international Mario Balotelli, he of those crazy haircuts and wild life-style, is said to have massive regrets for choosing the European nation over his native country Ghana. By Thomas ...
READ MORE
Wenger hopes to issue statement with win over PSG
LONDON (Reuters) - Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal to send a statement out to their European rivals with a victory over French champions Paris St Germain in the Champions League ...
READ MORE
Bosso record 2nd win
BULAWAYO - Highlanders recorded their second victory of the season after beating Hwange 1-nil in a week three fixture played at Barbourfields stadium in Bulawayo Saturday afternoon. Webster Chingodza rose to ...
READ MORE
Platini says he has done nothing wrong in UEFA farewell speech
ATHENS (Reuters) - Disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini insisted he had done nothing wrong and said his conscience was clear as he gave a farewell speech to European soccer's ...
READ MORE
Football world gone bonkers, so bring on Rio
Johannesburg – Football went mad a long time ago, but just in case some of us had forgotten, the Paul Pogba transfer from Juventus to Manchester United has provided a ...
READ MORE
Willard Katsande to undergo scan
KAIZER Chief’s midfielder Willard Katsande will undergo a scan on his abdominal area, after sustaining an injury against Chippa United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday evening. The Zimbabwe international ...
READ MORE
Tokyo to seek CAF support to revive FIFA presidential bid
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale will seek continent-wide support in a final bid to revive his ailing election campaign at a meeting of African football leaders ...
READ MORE
Barca’s ‘MSN’ Beliebers after training visit
Zidane interested in managing Real Madrid
West Ham sign Nigeria striker Emenike on loan
I regret; I should have chosen Ghana over
Wenger hopes to issue statement with win over
Bosso record 2nd win
Platini says he has done nothing wrong in
Football world gone bonkers, so bring on Rio
Willard Katsande to undergo scan
Tokyo to seek CAF support to revive FIFA

Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Jennifer Lopez coyly addresses Drake relationship amid romance rumours

20th January 2017 Staff Reporter 0

Jennifer Lopez claims her relationship with rapper Drake is strictly professional. In a new interview, the Shades Of Blue actress avoided questions about their rumoured romance and instead, confirmed they have collaborated on a new […]