A Dele Alli double handed Tottenham Hotspur their first victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since 1990. Christian Eriksen was also on the scoresheet as Spurs bagged all three points on Easter Sunday.
Alvaro Morata’s header in the 30th minute gave Chelsea the lead but Eriksen’s piledriver from long range levelled things up before half-time. After the break, it turned out to be a Dele Alli show.
Alli superbly controlled a long cross from Eric Dier and slotted the ball past Willy Caballero. The England international then made it 3-1 by tapping home a loose ball on what was his 100th Premier League appearance.
“It’s great – it’s always nice to win so I’m feeling good. We weren’t concentrating on (the poor record at Stamford Bridge) going into the game. Every game is different, we knew if we performed well we’ve got quality players and we could win the game.
“It wasn’t easy – obviously to go 1-0 down, we had to pick ourselves up from that and that strike from Chris just before half-time gave us real belief going into the second half,” Alli told tottenhamhotspur.com.
Eriksen scored a wonder goal that drew level Spurs and Alli lauded it as a “great strike”.
“It was crucial – it was a great strike. I don’t think anyone was surprised that he put it in the top corner and it was a great result in the end. Of course it’s always nice to score, I’m happy to score two but I would have the same happiness if I didn’t score and we won anyway,” Alli added.
Alli’s quickfire brace in the second half turned the game on its head, handing Spurs an all-important three points in the race for a top-four finish this season.
When asked about the two goals, Alli explained:
“Chris was angry at Sonny because he didn’t give him the assist and I was angry at Sonny because he didn’t square it, but he’s in unbelievable form and nine times out of 10 he hits the back of the net there, so I don’t blame him that he went for goal and I was happy to get the rebound and score.”
A rare mistake from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris helped Morata put Chelsea in front. However, our overall defensive display was top-notch, with centre-backs Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez immense and rock-solid at the back.
“You never feel too comfortable when you’re playing against a top side like this so we had to stay focused and switched on at the back.
“The back players defended really well throughout the whole game, obviously we were disappointed to concede the first goal but we defended very well. We were comfortable but we had to stay focused,” Alli lauded our team’s defensive display at the Bridge on Sunday.
On making his 100th Premier League appearance, the midfielder added:
“It’s flown by! I’m nearly 22 now – later this month – so it’s been a good 100 appearances.”
The win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday provides Spurs with the cushion of 8 points over Chelsea. The victory will surely boost our morale and it supplies us with the extra buzz needed during the business end of the season.
If we show the spirit and determination to play with the same vigour, we are bound to get positive results. Achieving a top-four finish and winning the FA Cup remain Mauricio Pochettino’s priorities this season and let’s hope we do it.
“What a player he was”, “Great goal” – Some Spurs fans go down memory lane about former superstar’s incredible goal
The former player and manager wasn’t happy with the lack of commitment from the team and did make sense while criticising some players.
The Tottenham Twitter account posted an old video of Hoddle in his prime. The former player scored a wonderful goal in 1983 as he produced magic against Watford.
😮 The touch
😯 The turn
😲 The finish
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 24, 2018
The touch, the turn and the finish are unbelievable, to say the least. The 60-year-old now enjoys his time as a pundit but is one of the best English players of his time and this goal more than proves it.
The midfielder won two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup with us during the 80s and it is no wonder some Spurs fans turned the clock back and praised Hoddle.
THAT WAS MAGIC HODDLE THE BEST EVER SPURS AND ENGLAND MIDFIELDER
— Enjoy your life (@english4alu) September 24, 2018
So used to love watching @GlennHoddle play. What a passer of the ball, more so his long passes. Glenn could pass a ball 60 yards and drop the ball on a pinhead. Don’t think there is anyone else who could pass a ball as accurately as Glenn. And what a playmaker as well.
— Tom Salter (@salter_tom) September 24, 2018
What a player he was
— Daniel young (@Daniely79) September 24, 2018
I was at the game with a school friend of mine…I ran across the stands when he scored…swear I could see my arm on MOTD!! Still the greatest Spurs player I have ever seen and my childhood hero #KingHoddle
— arthur dayley69 (@Arthurdayley69) September 24, 2018
Remember it well – was there too 😀 – one of those many Hoddle class moments that you just don’t forget. ⚽️💙⚽️ COYS!!!!
— Steve Mottau (@SteveMottau1) September 24, 2018
I was there. Great memories. #COYS
— Dave Norton (@DaveNorton5) September 24, 2018
Was right behind that goal-fabulous.
Up there with his goals against Notts Forest and Man Utd as his best!
— Annalisa (@Anna15Lisa) September 24, 2018
I was there and will never forget it. The best player I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching
— Andrew Davis (@andrwsimondavis) September 24, 2018
Imagine the silly price he would be fetch today if he was a South American, great player saw lots of his games and goals
— Robert Michael Davis (@RobertM51726029) September 24, 2018
Great goal,Can see why Bergkamp based his game on him
— Paul McQuillan (@PaulMcQuillan76) September 24, 2018
Ahh fantastic, my favourite goal from the man who made me a Spurs fan with his simplistic elegance and genius. And the wonderful Alan Parry on the mic and still going strong in 2018
— Des Bennett (@DesBennett5) September 24, 2018
Former Tottenham star refutes claims of wanting to leave the club
The Daily Mail reports that Pochettino’s book claimed that Walker wanted to leave at the end of the 2016/17 season.
However, the Manchester City man claims the Argentine did not view the defender as part of his plans. Walker was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:
“He told me I wasn’t in his plan.”
The Englishman was further upset about Pochettino revealing these details which he thought was private.
“If he was going to do that he might as well have called a press conference and told everyone. He told one side of the story, but it’s a side of a story I don’t agree with.
“He said he had a witness in there, but he didn’t tell the correct story, no way. Up until now I have never said my part. I have stayed quiet and showed a level of respect to Tottenham and I always will.”
The right-back claimed he got his chances due to the manager but wanted everyone to know what really happened regarding his transfer to City.
Walker did pick up a Premier League title with Pep Guardiola last season but expressed his gratitude as well.
“I was young, needed to improve and he improved me.
“He taught me to look after myself, eat right and rest. I will never forget how much he did.”
The 28-year-old is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League but it was a bit concerning when we sold him and only had Kieran Trippier in the side.
Tottenham have two quality right-backs in Serge Aurier and Trippier and the Englishman has certainly improved a lot in the last season or so.
Former Tottenham manager blasts star for performance against Brighton
Tottenham might have come up with all three points against Brighton but former manager Harry Redknapp was not happy with our defending in the final minutes of the game.
Spurs had raced into a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela. However, Anthony Knockaert pulled one back for the hosts in the 93rd minute.
The Englishman was responsible for the first goal we conceded and was in attack mode during stoppage time too.
“He [Pochettino] will be bothered by that last minute because it was a nightmare. It’s a poor goal. They’re stretched.
“At this stage of the game you’ve got no need. You’ve got to manage the game not get yourself stretched like that with two minutes to go. Danny Rose shouldn’t be going forward if he’s exhausted. Stay where you are. Keep the clean sheet. Defend first and foremost.”
The former manager is right as we suffered a similar fate against Inter Milan a few days earlier. Two late goals from the Italians meant we started our Champions League journey with a loss and we could have dropped more points at the Amex too.
Fortunately, we held on for three points but Pochettino has a lot of work to do before we play like we did last season.
Spurs are already six points behind league leaders Liverpool and we cannot afford any more mistakes for the remainder of the campaign.
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