Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham: Dele Alli nets double as Spurs end Stamford Bridge hoodoo
By Lewis Jones at Stamford Bridge
Last Updated: 02/04/18 6:05am
Tottenham ended their 28-year Stamford Bridge hoodoo as Dele Alli struck twice in a 3-1 win to severely dent Chelsea's top-four hopes on Super Sunday.
Not since the days of Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne had Spurs triumphed at the Bridge and their first Premier League win there came the hard way having fallen behind to Alvaro Morata's opener (30).
With a fit-again Harry Kane back amongst the substitutes, Christian Eriksen's stunning 30-yard strike was a real game-changer (45+1) for Spurs before Alli, who was making his 100th Premier League appearance, struck twice in four minutes (62, 66) after half-time.
The result leaves Antonio Conte's men eight points behind Tottenham in fourth with their only hope of silverware being the FA Cup, where they play Southampton in the semi-final.
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: Christian Eriksen
The match was played in a hostile atmosphere following fixtures like the "Battle of the Bridge" in 2016 when Spurs surrendered the title to Leicester courtesy of a Chelsea comeback.
Thibaut Courtois was missing through injury for Chelsea, who started with Cesc Fabregas in midfield instead of Tiemoue Bakayoko. Harry Kane was fit enough for a place on the substitutes' bench as Spurs made three changes from their 3-0 FA Cup win over Swansea with Eric Dier, Moussa Dembele and Dele Alli returning.
With the fast-paced tempo in midfield neither team had much space to work with but Marcos Alonso, who scored twice in the reverse fixture at Wembley this season, had a goal chalked off on 19 minutes as he was marginally offside from an N'Golo Kante cross.
Spurs did not heed the warning of Chelsea's dangerous attacks down the right flank and Morata made them pay on the half hour. Victor Moses swung in no more than a decent cross and the Chelsea striker rose above a flapping Hugo Lloris to flick in his first Premier League goal of 2018.
Chelsea remained a threat but Alonso was denied by Lloris and Kante had a goal-bound effort blocked by Eric Dier.
Spurs looked short of ideas but Eriksen hauled them back into the game on the stroke of the half with a stunning long-range effort.
There did not look much on from 30 yards out but the Dane pinged a swerving effort that deceived a flat-footed Willy Caballero and flew into the roof of the net.
Caballero redeemed himself somewhat after the break with a flying one-handed save to deny Heung-Min Son but minutes later Spurs were in front, with a goal which showcased the talent at the disposal of Gareth Southgate.
Dier picked out his international team-mate Alli with a super 50-yard pass over the top and the 21-year-old controlled the ball into his stride before finishing past Caballero.
Four minutes later, Alli wrapped up the game.
This effort was much scrappier than his first but nonetheless important as he fired home from six-yards after a goalmouth scramble, where Chelsea's defenders failed to clear their lines.
Kane was introduced with 15 minutes to go as Spurs dealt with a wave of Chelsea pressure that was full of oomph but lacked a killer touch as another Premier League title defence is left in tatters.
Dele Alli sent a message to Gareth Southgate with a man-of-the-match display against Chelsea. Alli was overlooked for a starting berth for England in friendlies with Netherlands and Italy but struck twice at Stamford Bridge in a performance full of star quality. Eric Dier provided the assist for Alli’s opener with a stunning 60-yard pass while Kieran Trippier was a solid outlet on the right flank. Southgate would have been delighted to see Harry Kane play 15 minutes after returning from injury earlier than expected.
- Tottenham ended a run of 27 league visits to Chelsea without a victory (D9 L18), winning there for the first time since February 1990.
- Tottenham have won more points in Premier League London derbies this season than any other side (16 - W5 D1 L2).
- Seven of Morata's 11 Premier League goals this season have been headers, more than any other player has managed.
- Morata's seven headed goal haul is also the most ever by a Chelsea player in a Premier League season.
- Chelsea have scored a league-high 14 headed goals this season.
- Eriksen has scored 16 goals from outside the box since his Premier League debut in September 2013; the most of any current player in that time in the competition.
- Eriksen has been directly involved in five goals in his last five Premier League appearances against Chelsea, scoring two and assisting three.
Conte: "We are doing this, and we have to try until the end to do our best. But I think if we are in this position, we are deserving of this position.
"We have to try until the end to catch a Champions League place. In this case, there's Tottenham and Liverpool so we'll try until the end to get three points in every game. We'll see what happens."
Pochettino: "That type of game will help us achieve what we want.
"After nearly four years, a lot has happened at the club and I'm happy with how we are evolving.
"I remember four years ago when I arrived at Tottenham our challenge was to bridge the top four and now we're competing with the top sides."
Chelsea are back on Super Sunday next weekend with another London derby against West Ham United while Spurs travel to relegation-threatened Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.