Tottenham Hotspur finally ends their bogey hunt at Stamford Bridge. Hotspur registered a 3-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after 28 years in Sunday’s London derby clash. The last time North Londoners registered a win at Bridge was in 1990. Alvaro Morata gave a first-half lead to Chelsea, but Christian Eriksen stunner in first-half extra time and Dele Alli’s second-half brace helped Spurs secure their long-awaited victory.
It’s not that Spurs had a poor history at Stamford but they haven’t won here in the last 28 years. Otherwise, both London rivals share the same win percentage at Stamford Bridge. They have played 72 matches at Stamford including today and each has 26 victories to their name and 20 resulted in draws.
Stamford Bridge became bogey ground for Spurs in the Premier League era. They haven’t won a single match at Bridge in Premier League era and today finally ends their bogey hunt. They own the Stamford Bridge and proved they are London’s best side in Premier League.
1 – Spurs have won at Stamford Bridge for the first time in Premier League history, ending a run of 25 visits without a win there in the competition (the most that one team had played on one ground without a single victory). Snapped. pic.twitter.com/SCfv2coJ2U
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The result also strengthens Spurs place in top four as they go eight points clear of Chelsea sitting at fifth. Spurs now sit at fourth place with their 64 points behind third-place Liverpool with a game in hand. North Londoners enjoyed a better evening in Blues’ den after a very long time. They were denied here victory time and again despite taking lead but today was their day.
Tottenham enjoyed the ball-possession but Chelsea who looked dangerous on the break. Willian forced Hugo Lloris to make a brilliant save and Marco Alonso was also denied a goal for offside before Alvaro Morata gave them the lead.
Spurs were on the back-foot for the majority of first-half before Eriksen produces a screamer to bring life into the game. Danish playmaker first-half defining goal gave Spurs hope to make comeback this time. Spurs had lost their previous game at Stamford Bridge despite taking lead, but this time Chelsea took the lead and Spurs followed them.
After Eriksen first-half defining moment, it was injury-returning Dele Alli’s time to shine. England’s young promising star shuts his critics’ mouth with a second-half brace in quick succession. First, he scored dinking Eric Dier’s long ball and then made the most of a loose ball inside the box after Son Heung-min double failed attempt.
Alli’s brace summed-up the game as Spurs registered a comfortable 3-1 victory. However, it was Chelsea who had the urgency to secure all three points. Both of the London sides were fighting for next seasons’ Champions League place, and to keep the competition alive for the fourth spot, Chelsea needed a victory.
Blues victory would have taken them closer to Spurs within two points. And Arsenal also closing in after their 3-0 victory against Stoke City with their 51 points would have present a challenge. Now, the picture at top of the table is the lot more clear and it seems top-four slot is already decided.