The Tottenham Hotspur fans have been celebrating in the Transfer Tavern this week after their side finally ended their Stamford Bridge hoodoo with an emphatic 3-1 victory over Chelsea on Easter Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been in brilliant form of late, and they continued their march towards securing a place in next seasons Champions League by taking a vital three points from their top-four six-pointer clash against Chelsea last week. The victory moved the Lilywhites a considerable 8 points clear of 5th placed Chelsea with just 7 fixtures left to play, so barring a major collapse in the final weeks of the campaign, it seems certain that Spurs will be christening their new stadium with European evenings to savour next season.
Following a fortnight of discussion regarding his supposed dip in form and omission from the England team, Dele Alli hit back at his harshest critics with a sensational match-winning performance in one of Tottenham’s biggest games of the season last weekend. The 21-year-old (valued at £72 million by Transfermarkt) scored a second-half brace and played a pivotal role in Eriksen’s equaliser by brilliantly keeping Eric Dier’s loose ball in play.
The quality of Alli’s first goal was particularly sublime, and it provided a timely reminder to Gareth Southgate and the critical British media that his class is indeed permanent. However, one of Alli’s biggest criticism’s this season has concerned his lack of consistency, so he must continue to prove his doubters wrong tomorrow afternoon by taking the relegation threatened Potters to the sword at the Bet365 Stadium.
Tottenham’s place in the top-four next season has not been secured just yet, but they are moving agonisingly close to ensuring their qualification for the Champions League. A victory over Stoke City tomorrow would move them 11-points clear of Chelsea with a game in hand, and if the Blues fail to respond with a victory over West Ham on Sunday it will be fair to assume that the race for the top-four is over.
With that in mind, Spurs must adopt an extremely professional attitude tomorrow against a side who are desperately fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table. It certainly won’t be an easy afternoon for the club, but if Alli can replicate the form he demonstrated at Stamford Bridge last weekend then Tottenham will more or less secure their place in Europe’s most prestigious club competition next season.
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