Alli rising into the air to score Spurs first goal. Picture: AFP
Alli rising into the air to score Spurs first goal. Picture: AFP

By Okeowo Oladapo

The Spurs ended Chelsea’s unbeaten run with a well-earned 2-0 victory over Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

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Chelsea’s bid to extend their lead at the top of the table and make Premier league history for consecutive wins was trashed by two goals from Dele Alli either side of half-time. Both goals were headers and both were provided by Christian Eriksen.

The victory pushes Arsenal out of the champions league places and moves Tottenham up to third on the table; seven points behind the Blues who missed a chance to go eight points clear and just two points behind second-placed Liverpool.

The game was played at a good pace with it being a battle for midfield supremacy that skewed towards Tottenham as Kante and Matic could not hold off the sheer brawn of Dembele and Wanyama.

Before the game, Chelsea was looking unbeatable and on a run that saw them hand defeats to the two Manchester clubs and even Spurs in the reverse fixture in November. However, Antonio Conte’s men ran into a Spurs side in supreme form themselves- they have now won five in succession in the league and seven out of their last eight in all competitions- who were coming to the game on the back of consecutive 4-1 victories against Watford and Southampton.

The first goal was via a cross by Christian Eriksen which Alli met. Victor Moses was slow in joining the rest of the defence in setting an offside trap. It could be argued though that he stayed to counter the blindside run of Danny Rose.

The same pair combined to put the game out of Chelsea’s reach in the 54th minute.

Alli’s headed double here made it seven goals in his last four games.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are gathering impressive momentum and Wednesday’s performance confirmed their growing confidence and stature.