A brace from Harry Kane and one each from Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli were enough to ensure Tottenham’s first League victory over Chelsea in 10 League games. Although the visitors took the lead thanks to a contentious goal from Diego Costa, Kane, who was Spurs’ best player leveled the score on the half-hour mark thanks to a brilliant solo-goal.
Two quick goals right on the stroke of half-time, first by Rose and the second, a penalty slotted away by Townsend meant that the hosts went into the break 3-1 ahead. They extended their advantage early in the second as Kane added another. And just when it looked like the Blues were back into the contest with a goal from Eden Hazard, Chadli scored for Spurs to make it 5-2. Although John Terry scored late on, it wasn’t enough as Spurs won to climb into fifth place. Here are the major talking points.
Kane exploits Chelsea’s main weakness
At the start of the season, when Harry Kane was seldom getting any League games for Spurs, few would have believed the impact that the Englishman would go onto have in the last few months. On Thursday, Kane scored twice, assisted the other and won a penalty as well as Spurs ran out 5-3 winners over their London rivals. Through his performance, he highlighted the one main flaw in the Chelsea defense, their lack of pace through the middle.
As good as John Terry and Gary Cahill were, they simply didn’t have the legs any longer to contain fast players running at them. Sadio Mane managed to get the better of them on Sunday and on Thursday it was Kane, whose tireless running posed a threat that the Blues hadn’t encountered so far this season. The 21-year-old showed tremendous maturity and patience as he ran rings around the Chelsea defense, which conceded five goals in the Premier League for the first time under Jose Mourinho.
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