Spurs, Alli deny Chelsea record win

first_img“We were competitive against a team in very good form, one of the best in Europe, and we feel very proud and pleased because the performance was very solid,” said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.Antonio Conte’s Chelsea must content themselves with having equalled Arsenal’s season record of 13 wins in a row from 2001-02 and they remain five points clear of second-place Liverpool.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngBut the end of their winning streak will give hope to their pursuers, not least Tottenham, who rose above Manchester City and Arsenal to third place in the table, seven points below the leaders.“It is a pity to stop this run, but Tottenham is a good team, a really strong team and I think is for sure one of the teams that can fight for the title until the end,” Conte told Sky Sports. Where did they go? 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This league is very tough and it is important to continue to work.”Alli, 20, has now scored braces in three successive games and his latest double allowed Pochettino’s men to register a fifth win in a row — their best such run in nearly a year.It also enabled Spurs to claim a measure of revenge, both for their 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in November and the fiery 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge last May that ended their title challenge.Pochettino, meanwhile, could celebrate his 150th Premier League game as a manager with a deeply satisfying victory.“We are in a good position, third in the table,” he said. “But it is a long way to finish the season.”ADVERTISEMENT We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Senators to proceed with review of VFA 105-year-old Frenchman sets cycling record Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Tottenham’s Dele Alli, second right, scores a goal past Chelsea’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)In-form midfielder Dele Alli scored two near-identical headers as Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea 2-0 on Wednesday to torpedo the Premier League leaders’ hopes of a record 14th consecutive victory.Chelsea were bidding to become the first team to win 14 successive games within the same English top-flight season, but Alli’s goals, both set up by Christian Eriksen, brought them down to earth.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img

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