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Spurs rip Chelsea to shreds thanks to Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min goals

Dewy-eyed Tottenham fans will sit their grandkids on their knee to regale tales of the night when it all came together.

Up and coming coaches the world over will fall at the altar of Mauricio Pochettino and try to replicate this masterful display.

Tottenham players past and present will drool forever more about the time when it all came together in 90 spell-binding minutes.

The brutal, chastening reality for Chelsea is that Spurs stopped at three, easing off the controls after Son completed this rout after just 54 minutes.

They were already in command, with first half strikes from Dele and Harry Kane giving Tottenham a handsome lead.

The great shame is that this stadium was well short of capacity, 15,000 down on the same fixture last season.

The stay-aways missed something special.

To beat Chelsea, with their much-trumpeted unbeaten Premier League record, is one thing.

To do it in such a breathless, captivating fashion is quite another.


This was emphatic, ruthless and powerful.

Spurs bossed it, doing a number on Maurizio Sarri’s side with this extraordinary demolition.

Even when Olivier Giroud scored after 85 minutes, bringing a semblance of respectability to the scoreline – but not the shoddy performance – Spurs were still shimmering.

They played as if they could turn it on any moment, the hallmark of the truly great teams in this game.

The real hero was creator supreme Christian Eriksen.

Name a pass, any pass, and the Spurs forward will ping it off either foot: lob wedge, chip, backspin, fade.

Eriksen, the architect behind Tottenham’s two goals inside the opening 16 minutes, was irresistible.

Sign him up, Spurs.

Alongside Manchester City’s red-hot forward Raheem Sterling, he is the other outstanding player in his position on current form.

It is difficult to separate them.

They are match-winners, with Eriksen taking control of this game when he sent in a sixth minute free kick.

It had been given away by that bozo David Luiz after the Chelsea defender bundled over Harry Kane.

The response was emphatic.

Eriksen’s right footer was laser-guided, finding the head of Dele Alli making his way towards the near post.

Dele’s flick on was decisive, zipping off his forehead and through the hands of Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Easy.

So was the next one, with Eriksen playing a simple pass into Kane’s feet.

What happened next, with Chelsea defenders giving the Spurs striker the freedom of Wembley, is unforgivable at the highest level.

Kane spied the chance, advancing ten yards and then smacking an effort into an empty net.

That 2-0. It could easily have been four or five by half-time.

Eriksen’s up-and-under, leaving Chelsea’s dozy defence ball-watching, could have been converted by Son.

Instead his cushioned half-volley, hit first time, sailed sweetly over Kepa’s bar.

He got another go at it just before the break, with his volley turned wide after connecting with Eriksen’s cross from the left.

This was a rampant Spurs.

For all the moaning and groaning and griping about them failing to hit top form this season, well this was not far off.

This is how Chelsea play when a manager is about to be fired.

Eden Hazard was terrible, twice appealing for penalties before the moody forward was booked for clattering into Ben Davies.

N’Golo Kante, feeling the love after coming out of Football Leaks with his reputation enhanced, was reckless.

David Luiz was, well, David Luiz.

At one stage he was so pre-occupied with marking Kane at a Chelsea corner he tried to rip the shirt off his back.

After 90 minutes of misery, Kane should have handed it to him as a souvenir.

That was not the end of a pitiful performance from the Chelsea defender.

Son got the goal his game deserved, rewarded for his endeavour and his enthusiasm when he bounded down the right.

He was sent haring down the touchline by Dele, with only one thing on his mind as he made his way towards goal.

He tricked his way past Jorginho and then rinsed Luiz, sending him off the pitch for a hot-dog when he cut inside on to his left boot.

The finish was composed and class, bending it beyond Kepa to stretch Tottenham’s lead to three.

They did this to Manchester United earlier in the season, soaking up the pressure at Old Trafford before hitting them clinically on the break.

This looked even better.

There will be a touch of regret about Giroud’s goal, failing to get a man near him when Cesar Azpilicueta sent in a cross from the right.

He scored from his head, sending Chelsea’s consolation beyond Hugo Lloris five minutes from time.

It was the only moment Spurs wavered, a brief moment of self-doubt before they took control again.

For Tottenham, it was a night they will never forget.

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