Tottenham defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a 3-1 victory on Sunday afternoon.
The game was a must-win for both sides with top four on the line. Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen scored the goals for the North London side.
English midfielder Dele Alli grabbed a brace at the end of a difficult week. The 21-year-old has been hounded by the press following his performances for the England national side recently. Like his international teammate, Raheem Sterling, Alli is a regular target for the British press.
Nine assists and eight goals may not be as good as last seasons total of eighteen goals and seven assists, but to consider a season that has featured braces against both Real Madrid and Chelsea from a midfielder as ‘poor’ is idiotic, to put it mildly.
Spurs show maturity
This Spurs side has often been accused of “bottling” the big occasions. Given the poor form Antonio Conte’s side finds itself in, many predicted Tottenham to end their 28-year wait for a league victory away to their London rivals.
When Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris misjudged a 30th-minute cross and gifted Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata an easy tap-in, many could have been forgiven for thinking they were in for another typical Spurs capitulation.
However, a wonder striker from Christain Eriksen first-half stoppage time levelled the tie.
Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero may have a few fingers pointed at him for conceding a long-range effort that landed in the middle of the box but it was a fine hit by the Dane regardless.
The second half was finely poised until Alli’s brace.
The first came via a fine ball over the top from the international teammate Eric Dier, which Alli guided past Caballero following a composed first touch to control it.
The second came after Eriksen’s defence-splitting pass set away Son. The South Korean saw his first effort saved but greedily attempted a second shot when it came back to him. Teammate Erik Lamela was free for a very easy tap in.
Luckily for Son, his second attempt fell into the path of Alli who calmly slotted home.
Chelsea players threw in the towel after that and laboured for the remaining twenty minutes, meaning star striker Harry Kane was a welcome sub in the closing stages.
The English striker was a worry to be out for the rest of the season and possibly miss the World Cup.
Much to the relief of both Tottenham and England fans the striker was out for only two weeks and looked sharp in his short cameo.
Dele Alli silences critics
With all eyes on him and without his team’s talisman, Dele Alli did not disappoint.
Two well-taken goals bringing his total to 36 goals and 25 assists in 100 Premier League games for Tottenham. This record speaks for itself.
Alli is often a victim of his own success with many forgetting he’s still young and learning his trade.
The midfielder has a phenomenal record and the manner in which many are desperate to see him fail is very bizarre.
Dele Alli said earlier on in the week that he pays no notice to his critics. If he keeps performing as he has over the last three seasons very few people will.