Published: 5 January, 2017
by DAN CARRIER at White Hart Lane
SPURS 2, CHELSEA 0
SPURS saw off London rivals Chelsea last night (Wednesday) with a well deserved 2-0 win – and blew the title race wide open.
Two pieces of magic from a combination of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen won Spurs all three points in a hugely entertaining encounter with goals either side of half time – pushing Spurs up to third in the table.
Chelsea were heading to the Lane on the back of 13 successive wins and 10 points ahead of their hosts.
But Spurs could point to a good run of form over Christmas and some confidence-building 4-1 wins back to back at Southampton and Watford.
After an opening 15 where both sides balanced each other out as they settled, Spurs began to find some joy through Danny Rose threatening down the left.
Victor Wanyama hit one shot off target and Eriksen sent a drive narrowly wide.
Up the other end, Eden Hazard spawned a good chance to test Hugo Lloris while on 35, Diego Costa found a bit of space but shot wildly over.
It looked like the first half was set to be frustrating for both teams, with neither keeper having a genuine save to make.
But as the referee Martin Atkinson checked his watch, Kyle Walker found Eriksen and the wily Dane floated over a cross for the lurking Alli to meet.
His well-guided header put Spurs a goal to the good on the stroke of 45.
The second came on 54 and was a carbon copy of the opener: Eriksen was again the creator and his drifted cross to the back post saw Alli again first to get on the end of it.
It was two chances created, two taken: in return, Chelsea could not get into their rhythm, Spurs were comfortable in possession and when they broke they looked dangerous.
This was a professional job by Spurs on the league leaders, a well-deserved victory and one that sends their title rivals a message that on their day, Mauricio Pochettino’s team are as good as anyone.