It had been 28 years. Twenty-eight years of Tottenham nightmares, disappointments and shortcomings at Stamford Bridge. It was a 28-year-old barren streak that wasn’t simply going to finish; it was all the time going to require one thing extraordinary.
And on Sunday, after nearly three many years of Chelsea dominance, the extraordinary transpired.
It exploded out of the boots of Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier and Dele Alli in a 3-1 victory that had longtime Spurs followers overcome by emotion. Eriksen’s dipping drive canceled out Alvaro Morata’s Thirtieth-minute header simply earlier than halftime. Alli polished off perfection from Dier within the second half earlier than additionally bagging the third.
And Tottenham, for thus lengthy third within the Premier League’s London pecking order, ascended definitively to first. It dealt Chelsea what may very well be a deadly blow within the race for Champions League qualification. The house defeat left the Blues eight factors behind fourth with simply seven matches to play. Out of this yr’s continental competitors as effectively, its season is tumbling towards failure.
The sport had been begging for a contact of transcendent class over a scrappy, combative first half-hour. As an alternative, it got here to life through a mistake. Antonio Rudiger unlocked Spurs with a scamper into midfield and a crisp move to launch Victor Moses down the correct. Moses’ cross sailed over the arm of an at-fault Hugo Lloris, onto Morata’s noggin and into the web.
However Eriksen shocked Willy Caballero and the entire of Stamford Bridge together with his knuckling shot that clipped the crossbar on its manner in. And Spurs, on their manner into the halftime dressing room, had their equalizer. Additionally they had one thing to construct on.
Dier and Alli then seized the day with a picturesque aim within the 62nd-minute. Alli timed his run excellently. Dier put a vertical 60-yard ball proper on Alli’s foot, and the attacking midfielder, with out losing time or a contact, snuck his end contained in the close to put up.
Eriksen launched Son Heung-Min quickly thereafter with an excellent one-touch move, and the sequence ended with Alli scrambling the ball over the road.
The day ended with Tottenham songs ringing out across the Bridge, drowning out Chelsea frustration and anger. With a first-ever Premier League win for Spurs on the storied floor. With each single one of many tens of millions of Tottenham followers below the age of 30 witnessing one thing for the primary time.
The 28-year drought had been snapped. And given what they’d been via over these 28 years, even some Spurs followers may hardly consider it.
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