Tottenham’s Dele Alli brings an end to Chelsea’s 13-match winning run

The most damaging part for Chelsea, suffering their first defeat since losing to Arsenal in the final week of September, has nothing to do with the fact it stopped them establishing a record in the Premier League era of 14 successive wins in a single season. It would have been a nice one to chalk up, but they will be far more distressed about what it means for the league table and the confidence it might give Spurs, seven points back, to think they can still play a considerable part in the title race.

Dele Alli’s goals certainly ought to encourage Spurs on a night when their supporters endured songs poking fun at the fact they “won the league in black and white,” referring to the fact that the last time the team from White Hart Lane finished champions was in 1961.

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