Dele Alli issued a timely reminder of his talents by scoring twice in four minutes to end Tottenham’s 28-year wait for a victory at Chelsea.
The 3-1 win in the London derby on Sunday didn’t just end a frustrating drought at Stamford Bridge but extended Tottenham’s lead over Chelsea for the fourth Champions League place to eight points in the Premier League.|
Chelsea won’t only be surrendering the Premier League trophy to Manchester City but facing a season out of Europe’s elite competition.
Alvaro Morata had put Chelsea in front but Christian Eriksen spectacularly equalized in first-half stoppage time with a powerful, swerving long-range strike.
Chelsea was stunned, and Tottenham maintained the momentum after the break.
Alli’s goals sealed a first win in west London since 1990 at the end of a week when the 21-year-old midfielder’s recent struggles saw his place in England’s World Cup squad questioned after playing just 22 minutes of two friendlies in the international break.
It was Alli’s first double since a 3-1 victory over Real Madrid in November.
And all the hard work was achieved with Harry Kane on the bench. Tottenham’s top-scorer only featured in the final 20 minutes after his right ankle made a rapid recovery from the ligament damage sustained three weeks ago.