Football: Tottenham Hotspurs end Stamford Bridge drought by beating Chelsea

HOTSPURS END DROUGHT AT CHELSEA AND PICK UP BIG 3-POINTS
02 April 2018
by:   Tim Fadipe

Tottenham Hotspurs ended their long run without a win at Chelsea coming out 3-1 winners courtesy of a double from Dele Alli and a Christian Eriksen wonder strike. Morata had given Chelsea the lead before Tottenham produced a wonderful second half to turn the tide of the game.

The first 20 minutes of the match was cagey as both teams sought to feel their way into the game, showing their opponents too much respect. After the initial 20 minute period, Chelsea began to take control of the game as the wing backs of Victor Moses and Marcus Alonso caused the Tottenham defence all sorts of problems.

The signs were there for Tottenham, as a marginally offside goal from Alonso was the first warning and it didn’t take long after that for Chelsea to take the lead.

Ben Davies had tucked in to the middle of the park to accommodate Willian which left Moses all the time in the world to pick out a cross. Hugo Lloris tried to come for the cross but completely misjudged the flight of the ball and Morata applied the finish. Chelsea upped the pressure but couldn’t find the second going into the half.

It looked like the Blues would be heading into the break in the lead but Christian Eriksen had other ideas. A simple pass from Davies into the Danish International, and he unleashed a venomous dipping strike from 30 yards out to make the score 1-1 at half time.

The goal seemed to breathe new life into the Spurs players. They were first to the 50/50 balls and were pressing Chelsea higher up the pitch. The Blues had no answer for their increased effort, Tottenham were smothering their counterparts and it didn’t take long for them to take the lead.

Eric Dier picked up the ball in the middle of the pitch and played a stunning driven ball over the top to Dele Alli who had broken between Christensen and Azpilicueta. The Englishman brought the ball down with a delectable touch and finished past Caballero off the post. Stamford Bridge was stunned and it wasn’t long before they were in dismay as Tottenham got their third.

The ever impressive Eriksen had released Son down the right hand side and his initial strike was saved by Caballero, he stuck at it and the ball ricocheted to Dele Alli and he prodded the ball home.

Tottenham managed the rest of the game beautifully and ended their run of 25 league away games without a win at Stamford Bridge. In doing so, they pushed the gap between them and Chelsea to eight points and strengthened their grip on the Champions League places.

TIM’S PREDICTIONS vs ACTUAL SCORES

Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool | Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Brighton 0-2 Leicester | Brighton 0-2 Leicester

Man Utd 2-0 Swansea | Man Utd 2-0 Swansea

Newcastle 1-1 Huddersfield | Newcastle 1-0 Huddersfield

Watford 1-2 Bournemouth | Watford 2-2 Bournemouth

West Brom 0-1 Burnley | West Brom 1-2 Burnley

West Ham 1-1 Southampton | West Ham 3-0 Southampton

Everton 1-3 Man City | Everton 1-3 Man City

Arsenal 2-1 Stoke | Arsenal 3-0



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