Three reasons why Spurs can close the gap on Chelsea

Three reasons why Spurs can close the gap on Chelsea

He handed Chelsea their first defeat since their October League Cup elimination.

Victory over fifth-placed Spurs on Wednesday would emulate Arsenal's record set over two seasons - winning the last 13 matches of the 2001/02 season and their first game of the following campaign. Players from other clubs will be interested in playing for them again and that probably wasn't the case at the start of the season.

Conte had not seen his side drop points in 101 days since a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal but said he must be satisfied with his team being five points clear at the top after 20 games. Maybe that was the problem last season, that we missed to compete in a competitive way.

"Now I think every team want to stop our run, not just Tottenham. Of course, we know that's in our mind, we were just talking about it there in the changing-room", Kane told reporters. They are one of the six teams who can fight for the title.

Victor Moses had his worst game for Chelsea on Wednesday.

What a title race this is turning out to be! As it is, they are now seven points adrift of them in third place, on a run of five consecutive wins and with their confidence soaring.

"We're disappointed. We came here to get the win and it wasn't to be".

"I had the possibility to go to Atletico because of a few things - the family, the life I have there - but not because of Chelsea", he said.

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Azpilicueta was the only one of Chelsea's trio of centre halves close to Alli, with Gary Cahill and David Luiz committed elsewhere and unable to deny space to one of the Premier League's more creative, young midfielders.

Football fans were treated to plenty of games over the Christmas and New Year period, and there has been a televised game nearly every day since Boxing Day.

Mauricio Pochettino has hit back at reports that he warned Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to show more "humility", claiming his words were "twisted" in the media.

There is no shame whatsoever in losing at White Hart Lane. During a season, different situations can happen when you can have advantage - but not this.

It will be a test of character for Antonio Conte's side as, for the first time since September, they will be going into a match on the back of a league defeat.

Sunday's 4-1 win at Watford, which followed a 4-1 success at Southampton, briefly took Spurs into the top four, only for Manchester City to supplant them by beating Burnley on Monday.

Chelsea's loss has opened the door for the chasing pack with as many as six teams believing they still have a chance of winning the league this season.