#Conte and his all-conquering #Chelsea side were one win away from setting the record for most consecutive wins in the #EPL after going 13 in a row equalling #Arsenal’s record (there was a time when they were really good, seriously!) until they came up against a fantastic #Tottenham side and their brilliant tactician #Pochettino, who found a way to nullify Chelsea’s potent 3-5-3 (or 3-5-2-1) and come away with a well-deserved 2-0 at #WhiteHartLane with a brace from #DeleAlli’s head.
The Blues still have a 5 point lead at the top, but this win, cheered on by all the other teams challenging for honors, be it the title or top 4, has certainly kept Chelsea from going 8 points clear and running away with it. #Spurs were disciplined in defense and kept #Costa completely out of the game and their midfield gave little or no space to #Hazard #Moses #Alonso and the 2 assists by a very good and constantly improving #Eriksen were top notch.
And while Poch’s reputation as one of the top tacticians in the game continues to grow, one Herr #Klopp and his #Liverpool side must be kicking themselves for not getting all 3 points from their 2-2 draw at #Sunderland, which would have brought them within 3 of Chelsea at the top.
#Arsenal showed just how frustrating they must be to their supporters after they started like rubbish, going down 3-0 to #Bournemouth until a last 20-minute onslaught brought them back to earn a 3-3 draw. As impressive as the comeback was, all it did was highlight how mentally weak the #Gunners can be and just why they will not win the title. After the result today, they have now dropped out of the top 4 and remain only 2 clear of an in-form #United.
#Swansea pulled off a last minute 1-2 win at #CrystalPalace in front of their third new boss of the season, #PaulClemens, who left as #Ancelotti’s assistant at mighty #Bayern to find a way to rescue a team that looks set for relegation. Palace on the other hand, have now lost their first 2 games of new manager #BigSam. #Stoke beat #Watford 2-0 to keep themselves knocking on the doors of the top half of the table.
Over in the #Copa, a #James brace gave #RealMadrid a comfortable 3-0 win (and reminder of his capabilities as rumors of a £60+ mil exit to Chelsea swirl) while #Villarreal were beaten 1-3 at #RealSociedad.