Spurs blew the title race wide open with a 2-0 win over league leaders Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night.
Antonio Conte’s side arrived at the home of Spurs off the back of thirteen straight wins in the Premier League, chasing a record of fourteen straight wins to beat a record set by Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal.
Mauricio Pochettino matched Conte’s 3-4-3 system, and as a result, few chances came either team’s away in the first period in what was an evenly matched contest. Eden Hazard went closest for Chelsea, firing just wide in the early stages of the match.
The two sides looked to be going into the break on level terms, but it was Spurs who struck first in stoppage time. Christian Eriksen wasn’t closed down on the edge of the Chelsea box, whipped a lovely ball into the box, and there was Dele Alli, who headed beyond Thibaut Courtois to ensure Spurs went into the break a goal to the good.
Spurs would have expected Chelsea to make a fast start to the second half, and they did just that. Hazard went close again for the Blues, heading just wide from close range.
However, the Lilywhites halted the Chelsea charge, and it was the same combination as in the first half that broke down the Chelsea defence. Eriksen whipped yet another dangerous ball into the box, and it was Dele Alli on the end of it again. He headed the ball back across goal and beyond Courtois to double Tottenham’s lead.
Spurs slowed the game down and sat back just a little, stopping the Blues from creating anything at all. Diego Costa stung the hands of Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal, but the visitors had very few chances to get back into the game before Spurs took all three points.
Dele Alli put in yet another excellent performance for Spurs, scoring the two all important goals. The Englishman struggled to get into the game in the first half, but worked his socks off and got his reward in the end. Alli scored two goals, completed two take ons, won 50% of his tackles and 50% of his aerial duels. Here is how Spurs fans reacted on Twitter to Alli’s performance.
6 goals in a week dele Alli is a bit special awesome way to get revenge for last season 🙂
— Nathan Neale (@nneales7) 4 January 2017
Delle Alli is unreal imo. Spurs looking awesome again
— Joe Halliday (@halliday_9) 4 January 2017
I said it the other day and people disagreed but Dele Alli affects big games more than Ozil! I don’t see how anyone can disagree
— Franko Major (@frankomajor) 4 January 2017
— Harry Dobbs (@HarryDobbs1) 4 January 2017
— Stuart Burns 🕺🏻 (@MrBurns2009) 4 January 2017
Everything about that performance was impressive. Dele Alli is unplayable at the moment. Hope it continues #THFC
— Daniel James (@danieljames83) 4 January 2017