Last night Chelsea fell at the last hurdle, while attempting to record a new Premier League record of 14 successive victories. Travelling to White Hart Lane to play their fellow Londoners Tottenham Hotspurs, Chelsea had not dropped points since their 3-0 defeat at Arsenal in September. However, not everything went to plan and, with two goals from midfielder Dele Alli either side of half time, Tottenham Hotspurs moved up to third with their fifth successive win pushing their North London rivals out of the top four.
Both Alli and Tottenham carried on their impressive form that has seen them score 8 goals in their last two outings, defeating both Southampton and Watford 1-4 over the festive period with the Tottenham maestro netting his third consecutive double.
Chelsea started well when Hazard slipped Tottenham’s attempt to catch him offside, to find himself one on one with keeper Lloris, only to put his shot wide of the post. They missed another opportunity when Costa, failed to find Pedro in the box, which led to both players exchanging words. With Chelsea growing frustrated and half time approaching, good work from Walker and Eriksen found Alli who netted his 9th of the season to put Tottenham 1-0 at the break.
The second half started the same as the first, with Costa forcing Lloris into action with a shot from range, while Hazard also missed another from close range, but at the other end, it was Eriksen who provided the cross for Alli to double his tally with his 10th of the season and Tottenham’s 2nd of the night. Chelsea had other chances towards the end, but Tottenham held on for a well-deserved victory.
Chelsea’s defeat leaves them five points clear at the top, with Liverpool in 2nd and chasing Tottenham in 3rd, two points behind Liverpool.