Chelsea vs Tottenham, Premier League as it happened
Chelsea and Tottenham meet in Sunday’s second Premier Leaguegame and what a game it promises to be.
Both teams are in desperate need of all three points as the race for Champions League qualification hots up. Defeat today and the Blues’ top four hopes could well be over but Spurs haven’t won at Stamford Bridge for 28 years.
Chelsea 1 Tottenham 3: Dele Alli doubles up to break Spurs’ 28-year Stamford Bridge hoodoo
At the scene of one of their greatest humiliations in recent years, at a stadium where they had not won for 28 years, Tottenham Hotspur had their emphatic victory and it felt wholly appropriate that it was Dele Alli who claimed two of the goals and had a hand in the other. On his 100th Premier League appearance, it was Dele at the double, in fact.
It has been quite a week for Alli – dropped by England, his World Cup starting place in doubt with questions over whether he needs to buck up his ideas. This was a resounding response. The 21-year-old said he was “numb” to the criticism but it did not look like that as he cupped his ear after poking home Spurs’ third goal and the raucous celebrations spilled onto the pitch.
Those celebrations even included Harry Kane, who was warming up at the time. The striker eventually came on as a substitute – just three weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage.
Chelsea 1 Tottenham 3: Dele Alli stars to stun Premier League champions as Spurs break Stamford Bridge rut
Dele Alli starred for Tottenham with two goals in a superb 3-1 comeback win against Premier League champions Chelsea to secure Spurs’ first victory at at Stamford Bridge since 1990.
Alvaro Morata headed Chelsea in front after Hugo Lloris failed to claim a routine cross, but Christian Eriksen’s stunning long-range strike of the stroke of half-time drew Spurs level.
Alli then made his mark after the break with two goals in quick succession, first breaking the offside trap to finish Eric Dier’s long ball after 62 minutes before tapping home a scruffy move four minutes later to claim an historic win for Spurs.
The victory boosts Spurs’ hopes of beating Liverpool to a top-three finish, while Antonio Conte’s Blues must now close an eight-point gap on their London rivals if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League.