An amazing statistic showcasing just how impressive Dele Alli’s Premier League career has been to this point has been going viral online this evening, following the Tottenham star’s brace versus Chelsea.
The two sides went head to head in a Premier League meeting at Stamford Bridge, with potentially-crucial ramifications in the race for a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Ahead of kick-off, Spurs occupied the final Champions League place, with Chelsea having sat one place and five points adrift of their capital rivals.
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The early goings of this afternoon’s clash saw Chelsea work their way into proceedings, with the Blues taking more and more control as the half wore on.
And the positivity of Antonio Conte’s men paid off on the half-hour mark, when Victor Moses’ whipped cross from the right was headed home by Alvaro Morata, following a major misjudgement on the part of Hugo Lloris.
However, a moment of magic from Christian Eriksen on the stroke of half-time meant that the sides headed in level at the break, after the Dane produced a goal of the season contender with a dipping, swerving effort from 30 yards.
And the turnaround was complete with just over an hour on the clock, as Dele Alli latched onto a lofted Eric Dier ball over the top of the Chelsea defence, with the English youngster taking the ball down with his first touch in sensational fashion, before lofting a perfect fashion over the outstretched arm of Willy Caballero.
Incredibly, Alli was at it again 5 minutes later, after a burst down the Chelsea left from Heung-min Son saw Caballero make an important save, before a scrappy exchange in the Blues’ box eventually led to Alli bundling home into the bottom-left corner of the hosts’ goal.
In the aftermath of the clash, much of the talk has surrounded Dele Alli’s match-winning performance, following a period during which the attacking midfielder had come under heavy scrutiny for a number of sub-par showings.
But a statistic doing the rounds online this evening, comparing the first 100 Premier League outings of the Spurs’ star to those of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, has once again highlighted the incredible talents of the MK Dons youth product, despite his tender years:
Dele Alli now has as many goals and assists in his first 100 Premier League games (61) as Eden Hazard had.
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