Dele double sparks Spurs delight at Chelsea

first_img0Shares0000Dele Ali celebrates one of his two goals against Chelsea during an English premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on April 1, 2018LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 1- Dele Alli scored twice in four second-half minutes as Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea 3-1 on Sunday to end a 28-year wait for a Premier League win at Stamford Bridge.Defeat for the hosts all but ends Chelsea’s hopes of Champions League football next season as Spurs opened up an eight-point lead over their closest challengers for fourth place. Ending their long wait for a win at their London rivals is just the latest sign of the progress made under Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs look set to seal a place in the Champions League for a third straight season.And it was even more impressive as they came from behind as a huge error from captain Hugo Lloris gifted Alvaro Morata the opening goal.Christan Eriksen’s wonder strike levelled in first-half stoppage time, before Alli took centre stage to end a barren run by his standards with two smart finishes just after the hour mark.Spurs could even afford the luxury of doing the damage without Harry Kane, who made his return from a three-week layoff with ankle ligament damage 16 minutes from time.Alli was pushed into a more advanced role than his usual roving role behind Kane and had the first chance but couldn’t direct Eriksen’s cross goalwards.Chelsea were the side far more in desperate need of the points and that began to show as the first-half developed.Willian and Victor Moses forced Lloris into comfortable saves, whilst Marcos Alonso also saw a goal ruled out for offside.However, the French number one was clearly at fault when the opener arrived on the half hour mark.Morata hadn’t scored in the Premier League since Boxing Day, but no one has scored more headed goals in the league this season and he was left with the easiest of tasks to nod into an empty net as Lloris flapped at Moses’s cross.– Symbolic Spurs win –Willian of Chelsea is put under pressure by Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on April 1, 2018 in London, England.Lloris was also far from secure when he parried Alonso’s driven cross back into the danger area and relied on Jan Vertonghen to make a crucial clearance.Eriksen’s shooting ability from long range had been Spurs’ only real threat before the break.Willy Caballero, deputising for the injured Thibaut Courtois, got a strong hand to the Dane’s first warning shot.However, Caballero was helpless when Eriksen’s fierce dipping effort clipped the bar on its way past him in first-half stoppage time.The Argentine goalkeeper was forced into a brilliant save from another long-range effort, this time from Son Heung-min, on the hour mark as Spurs started to take control.And two minutes later they led when Alli brilliantly controlled Eric Dier’s long pass before slotting inside Caballero’s near post.Alli had scored just two goals in his previous 19 games in 2018 but soon had as many in four minutes as Spurs set the seal in a hugely symbolic win.Son was again denied by Caballero but Alli pounced on the pinball inside the Chelsea area before slotting into the bottom corner.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte kicked a water bottle into his dugout with the frustration of a man who knows his days in charge.Failure to make the top four is likely to seal the Italian’s fate no matter what comes of Chelsea’s run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.However, Spurs too are in the last four and on this evidence are more likely to end their wait for a trophy under Pochettino, particularly with Kane back to lead the line.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Joe Ledley open to overseas move following release from Crystal Palace

first_imgWales midfielder Joe Ledley could be tempted by a move abroad as he weighs up his career options this summer.Ledley made nearly 100 appearances for Crystal Palace after joining from Celtic in January 2014.But he was frozen out by then-Eagles boss Sam Allardyce during the second half of the 2016-17 season and released by the Premier League club last week.“It’s been frustrating,” Ledley said after helping Wales to a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Serbia on Sunday night.“I don’t know why I’ve not been even in the squads, but it was the decision of the manager and I had to deal with it and get on with it.“Things move on, I’ve left and hopefully I can get a new team now.“It’s definitely for the best. I spent three-and-a-half years at the club and gave my all there and I think the fans know that.“But when you’re not getting picked for as long as I wasn’t then you have to do something about it.“I need to be playing, especially at my age having turned 30 now.“I want to continue playing for as long as I can.”Ledley started out at his hometown club Cardiff and there was talk that he could return to the Sky Bet Championship side.But that emotional return has been ruled out and Ledley says clubs have already shown an interest in him, including many from overseas.He said: “There’s been clubs in touch with my agent all over the world.“I’d be prepared to go abroad, I think it would appeal to me, especially having played international football because I love playing on that stage and I think it suits the way I play.“There’s been Championship and Premier League clubs in touch, a lot of interest, but I want to have a good summer with the family first.“I’ll see the options I have and go from there.”Ledley’s last game for Palace was over four months ago at the start of February.In that time he has played only twice as Wales drew in the Republic of Ireland and Serbia to keep their World Cup hopes alive.Yet he still managed to last the full game in the sapping Belgrade heat on Sunday.“I wasn’t surprised I played 90 minutes, I’ve got it in me to do that,” Ledley said.“I know I haven’t played much football this season, I should have, there were reasons that it did not happen.“But I felt good out there, especially with Joe [Allen] alongside me.“He helped me through it.” Joe Ledley is free to join another club this summer 1last_img read more