Nigeria's Dele Alli scores twice to sink Chelsea

Alyssa BaileyJan 05, 2017

It was an assertive start to the second half by Chelsea, but Tottenham preserved its lead.

Yet Tottenham picked them apart in short order.

However, the Italian insisted there was no shame in the defeat, conceding that Spurs are genuine title-contenders once again this season. They might still win the league.

Eriksen lines up alongside Eden Hazard, behind Kane and the division's top scorer, Diego Costa, who is searching for his 15th goal of the campaign at White Hart Lane.

"It was important to get the win and to stick to the game plan".

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If the Blues had any hopes of a comeback in the second half, Dele Alli rose to the cross once again and put paid to such ambitions with a second goal.

"I don't think we were at the levels we've been at". Yes, the cynics admit, this is probably a great football team.

There's an asterisks here though. Matches with Manchester City and Liverpool both loom on the horizon.

He said: "Maybe we will feel how Leicester felt last season, when all the teams were with them and against us".

AM: Dele Alli (9/10) - The young England global took a while to find his place in the game, but despite a relatively poor first 45 minutes Alli constantly tried to get on the ball and impact on the encounter.

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The festive period changes that dynamic somewhat. Couple that with his ability to perfectly time late runs into the box and the 20-year-old is already showing the hallmarks of a top player.

"But for me, the advantages are other things - during a season, different situations can happen when you can have advantages - but, for sure, not this". Chelsea simply haven't had to worry about multiple games over the course of one week all that much before December.

The win over Chelsea was Tottenham's fifth on the trot. They last faced off, conveniently enough, in November, right before this trying period began.

Tottenham vs Chelsea is set to begin at 8pm GMT (1.30am IST, 3pm ET). Costa is in career best form and is such an intimidating physical presence upfront for most defenders.

Chelsea were a top-price 25/1 to win the league back on October 1 before their 2-0 win at Hull City, a victory that sparked the 13-game winning run.

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Tactics and luck will play their role, of course. Even after their loss to Tottenham, the Blues still sit five points clear of the rest of the league and if they're going to lose a match, doing so away to the third place team in the league would be hardly categorized as a bad loss. They tried everything. except playing exactly like Chelsea.

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