Tottenham ended a 18-year Stamford Bridge nightmare as Dele Alli struck twice after the break to give Tottenham Hotspur a well deserved 3-1 victory over Chelsea, this defeat puts a big question mark over Chelsea’s ambition to secure a top-four finish.
Chelsea went ahead in the 30th minute through Alvaro Morata, before a Christian Eriksen’s stunning 30-yard strike in first-half added time leveled the scores for Tottenham Hotspurs. Dele Alli, who was making his 100th Premier League appearance, struck twice in four minutes (62nd and 66th) after half-time to seal a memorable win for Spurs.
The result leaves Victor Moses’ Chelsea eight points behind Tottenham in fourth with their only hope of silverware being the FA Cup, where they play Southampton in the semi-final.
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.
Antonio Conte was so enraged that he furiously kicked nearby water bottles on the touchline in frustration, while Pochettino even had the luxury of bringing Harry Kane off the bench for his first-team return as Spurs frustrated the home crowd to see out the result.
Chelsea have now lost a proud 18-year unbeaten home record to Spurs, and Conte’s future looks increasingly uncertain as the FA Cup remains the Blues’ last remaining ray of hope in a desperately disappointing second season in English football for the Italian coach
Chelsea: Caballero (5), Rudiger (6), Christensen (6), Azpilicueta (7), Moses (4), Kante (7), Fabregas (3), Alonso (6), Willian (6), Morata (6), Hazard (6).
Subs: Emerson (6), Giroud (6)
Tottenham: Lloris (6), Trippier (7), Vertonghen (7), Sanchez (8), Davies (7), Dier (7), Dembele (7), Lamela (7), Alli (8), Eriksen (8), Son (7)
Subs: Kane (6), Wanyama (6), Sissoko (6)
Man of the match: Dele Alli