Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Chelsea 5-3 at White Hart Lane on Thursday and the Blues now only lead the English Premier League table by virtue of alphabetical order. The London club and Manchester City are dead-level at the summit. Spurs started frantically although they did not create any clear cut chances before losing Ryan Mason to an apparent hamstring injury. Mousa Dembele was the 12th minute substitute for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Nacer Chadli’s bicycle kick forced a save from Thibaut Courtois on 16 minutes as the hosts’ up-tempo start continued. Despite all their efforts, they found themselves a goal down a minute later. Eden Hazard danced his way past two defenders cutting in from the near touchline before hitting the far post but Oscar set Diego Costa up, who was more than happy to tap in his 14th goal of the campaign.
The hosts were level when Harry Kane thundered in from 20 years in the 30th minute. Kane fought off the Blues defenders as he came in from the edge of the area to move in to a more central position before firing home. Pochettino’s men were in front on the stroke of half-time when Danny Rose tapped in to an empty net after Chadli, who was beautifully played in by Christian Eriksen to split the defence, saw his final shot hit the post.
Gary Cahill caught Kane in the box in stoppage time and Andros Townsend sent the penalty past Courtois to hand the hosts a 3-1 lead at the break. Jose Mourinho made a change at the break with Ramires replacing Oscar. Kane effectively put the game to bed in the 52nd minute when he turned Nemanja Matic and John Terry to hit home at 45 degrees from inside the area and leave Courtois with no chance.
Hazard pulled one back on 60 minutes when he played out a one-two with Cesc Fabregas after dispossessing Federico Fazio near the halfway line. The Belgian and Spaniard made their way into the box before the goal arrived. Pochettino’s next change saw Paulinho come on for Townsend.
Mourinho’s next move saw Willian replaced by Mohammed Salah with 18 minutes left to play. Ben Davies replaced Rose as the substitutions kept coming, three minutes later. One minute later Chadli put the result beyond any doubt with the fifth for the hosts.
Kane cut in from the left to set up the Belgian who beat off two defenders. There was a late consolation from Terry with three minutes to play. Coming into the match Mourinho’s men were unbeaten in ten against Tottenham, but that record is no more.