Tottenham have been rejuvenated under former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, and one player, in particular, has re-captured his excellent form. That player is Dele Alli. Here is why he will be key if Spurs are to get a hugely important three points against the Blues on Sunday.
The English midfielder has looked like a new man under Mourinho, scoring four goals and providing three assists in just six games since his arrival. They are now sat just three points outside of the top four.
Sunday’s game gives them the opportunity to leapfrog Chelsea and move into the Champions League qualification spots. The performance of Alli could be the deciding factor in what is a massive game for both clubs.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed playing against the Blues in recent years, scored six goals in as many games. He has been particularly effective in picking spaces between defenders at decisive moments. His aerial ability and clever runs off the ball have also caused Chelsea serious issues previously.
Alli will be hoping to make a similar impact in the game on Sunday. He has provided crucial to Tottenham’s resurgence and will be relishing playing against a Chelsea back-line that has looked vulnerable this season.
Frank Lampard’s team has lost four of their last five Premier League games and will be hoping to nullify the threat posed by Alli. Tottenham, on the other hand, go into Sunday’s game having won four of there last five.