Conte 'not worried' about Chelsea future after Spurs defeat

For Dele Alli's own peace of mind he must know a dip in form at the age of 21 is normal

For Dele Alli's own peace of mind he must know a dip in form at the age of 21 is normal

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 Victor Moses's cross.

However, Spurs took the lead just after the hour mark as Eric Dier's long ball found Dele Alli, who controlled well before slotting past Caballero. But over the years, the fixtures at Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane have gained vast significance not just to the local faithful, but also the novice fans watching in another continent.

The loss means that Chelsea might not qualify for the Champions League football next season.

The former Southampton manager insisted Spurs can not take anything for granted however, despite boasting an eight-point advantage over Chelsea with seven matches to play.

The Italian, widely expected to leave at the end of the season, said: "I'm not anxious".

Dele has received criticism from some sections of the media this season, but there really is too much expected of him. It's more about the expectation being so high.

"I'm very, very pleased". He is an infectious character and the Chelsea fans have stuck by him.

Manchester United successfully hijacked negotiations to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton, while Leonardo Bonucci and Fernando Llorente were deemed too old and Alexis Sanchez and Virgil van Dijk too expensive to fit the club's strategy of signing cheaper, younger talent with potential and resale value.


Pochettino brushed all that off, noting that this kind of criticism doesn't faze Dele in the slightest, calling him "a fighter".

"In the last two or three years we lost important players for Chelsea. That's the only way to do it".

Some bite-and-hustle by Alli and Ben Davies saw Spurs regain possession deep in Chelsea territory, and when the ball came out to Christian Eriksen, he had a couple of yards to gather his thoughts, steady himself and then unleash a swerving, curling effort that left Willy Caballero with no chance.

Victory opened up an eight-point lead over fifth-placed Chelsea with just seven games of the Premier League campaign left to nearly set the seal on a third straight season of Champions League football to come at their new 62,000 capacity stadium. Both sides broke half-time with the scores at 1-1 and the momentum with Pochettino's men. "But it would be wrong to think it's done".

Gary Neville says that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will be replaced in the role by the start of next season.

"We are working very well, very hard, and the commitment of the players is top".

"The goal at the end of the first half it wasn't good for us and our confidence".

Chelsea failed to test Lloris in the remainder of the match, as they slipped to a fifth Premier League defeat in seven matches to leave them well off the top-four pace. We must be realistic. "We feel very proud".

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