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Dele Alli brace secures first Spurs win at Stamford Bridge in 28 years

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Dele Alli scored a braced for Tottenham Hotspurs to helped his team rally from a goal down and win at Chelsea for the first time in 28 years.

While Alvaro Morata headed in Victor Moses’ cross to give the hosts the lead, Christian Eriksen hit a stunning equaliser on the stroke of half-time as his dipping effort from 25 yards caught out Blues keeper Willy Caballero and dropped just under the bar.

Alli then putt Tottenham ahead just after the hour mark when he produced a sublime first touch to bring Eric Dier’s long ball under control before slotting beyond Caballero.

The England midfielder was well-placed four minutes later to stab in following a goalmouth scramble to wrap up a win that moves fourth-placed Tottenham eight points clear of Chelsea, who are fifth.

Before the game, Spurs held a horrible record at Stamford Bridge in the league, losing 18 of their 27 games since a late Gary Lineker header secured a 2-1 win in February 1990.

Initially, it looked as if their miserable run would continue as, despite dominating possession, they fell behind to Alvaro Morata’s goal.

But Eriksen’s goal was all they needed to rally, and it was also the perfect response by Alli after a disappointing couple of weeks with England on international duty — after failing to make an impact in a 22-minute substitute appearance in the 1-0 win against the Netherlands and was then left on the bench for the 1-1 draw with Italy.

“I’m very, very pleased,” said Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino of his key midfielder. “It’s been a tough period for him, but for no doubt about his talent, his character. He’s a fighter; very competitive.”

“If he doesn’t play for the international team he needs to fight and win trust and confidence again. (But) In the end, he’s a great talent, only 21 years old, and sometimes we lose the focus on that.”

Harry Kane injury brings concerns to World Cup availability

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane could face a long period out of action and could miss the World Cup after sustaining in Spurs’ 4-1 victory over Bournemouth yesterday.

Kane, 24, was substituted just 35 minutes into the match after injuring his right ankle in a collision with home keeper Asmir Begovic, with the striker then leaving the field immediately and going straight down the tunnel.

The player had since received treatment but was unable to continue and will undergo a scan today to assess just how bad the damage is.

“I hope it is not a big issue,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. “We are concerned but need to wait.”

“We hope it is not a massive issue. We need to wait until [the scan]. Harry has a great character and is positive. We are, of course, disappointed with his problem but, if you are positive, you start the recovery now.”

“It’s the same ankle he suffered with before. He landed and twisted his ankle. He’s positive, he’s happy with the victory for the team.”

The Argentinian manager also declined to put a time limit on how long Kane will be absent, but it would concern both England and Tottenham given that the player missed 14 matches last season having hurt the same joint on two separate occasions.

But for Tottenham, they have another injury concern after Dele Alli sustained a groin strain, although Pochettino insisted that it was not a “big problem” but also admitted the player would have to be “managed” in the upcoming weeks.

With Tottenham having only 11 games left and England having two upcoming international friendlies, England coach Gareth Southgate would most likely feel concern that Kane would miss out on Russia 2018.

Champions League: Eriksen and Kane strikes cancel early Higuain brace

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Tottenham Hotspurs put up a spirited performance against Juventus at Turin as both Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen struck to cancel out an early Gonzalo Higuain brace.

The opening of the game saw a disastrous start to Spurs’ Champions League last-16 first leg when Higuain completed a brace of goals in 10 minutes, first with a volley and then a converted penalty awarded for Ben Davies’ foul on Federico Bernardeschi.

But Spurs kept pressing and found their way back into the game when Eriksen dispossessed Giorgio Chiellini and within a few quick passes see Dele Alli sending Kane scurrying through, with the stiker then calmly rounding Buffon before rolling home a precious away goal.

The goal appeared to gave Spurs confidence as they dominated possession and with Higuain himself missing out on a first-half hat-trick after the Argentinian failed to convert a second spot-kick, awarded for Serge Aurier’s poor challenge on Douglas Costa.

Spurs, who along with their opponents played the second half tighter and more controlled, finally found their equalizer through Eriksen’s set-piece from 25 yards out. The strike was hard and low and wrong-footed Gianluigi Buffon, giving the keeper no chance.

It was therefore only natural as Mauricio Pochettino praised his Tottenham team’s character after they overcame adversity of playing away and going into the second leg with two precious away goals that could prove to be a defining advantage.

“At 2-0 down, my feeling was so bad,” Pochettino said. “We started sloppily. But we showed great character and I feel so proud. We are a young team in this competition. To show that kind of performance was fantastic.”

“We dominated possession and forced them to play deeper, and only use the counterattack. We were so focused. Only the opening minutes were difficult to handle. But after that, we dominated Juventus and that is a thing to praise.

“Not many teams come here and dominate Juventus. We showed we are mature enough to compete in this competition. It is my fourth season at the club and we are always improving in different aspects.”

Tottenham Hotspurs: Toby Alderweireld left out of Champions League squad

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Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld will not travel to Turin on Monday for the first leg of Spurs’ Champions League game against Juventus as Mauricio Pochettino wants the Belgium international to work on fitness instead.

However, his absence from the last‑16 tie against Juventus on Tuesday night is a move that will raise questions about his future at the London club as Alderweireld contract talks with Spurs have gone on for over a year without reaching a breakthrough.

The defender was returning from three-month absence due to a hamstring injury, and played the full 90 minutes in the FA Cup replay win against Newport County. He played the 90 minutes and, having declared himself fit, hoped to be in the lineup for the derby against Arsenal on Saturday.

However, Pochettino chose excluded him from the match-day squad and has now decided to leave him in London for a second time to work on his fitness, rather than take him to Italy for what is amongst Tottenham’s biggest game of the season.

It also raises further questions as Pochettino also reacted badly when questioned after the 1-0 win against Arsenal about why he had preferred Davinson Sanchez to Alderweireld in central defence.

While Alderweireld’s £50,000-a-week deal contains a one-year extension option scheduled to activate in the summer of 2019, it also features a £25m release clause.

It permits, should it comes to pass, that at the summer of 2019 he would be permitted to leave if a rival club were to pay £25m and complete the transfer at least 14 days before the closure of the window.

Prediction:

Juventus 2 — 0 Tottenham Hotspurs