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Weekend in Review-- Week 32

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February 10th, 1990: the last time that Spurs were victorious at the Bridge. Nelson Mandela was just about to be released from prison, "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor was #1 in the charts, and Harry Kane and Dele Alli weren't even alive yet... 

Best game:

Chelsea 1 Tottenham 3-- It had been a long, long wait for Spurs fans but they thoroughly deserved their victory. Without Kane, many worried how Spurs would fare in this match, but it was their thoroughly impressive collective performance which allowed Spurs to leave Stamford Bridge with all 3 points. Sanchez and Vertonghen were immense, Eriksen controlled the midfield and dragged them back into the game with a wonderful strike that would have easily been goal of the week on another weekend, and Alli was back to his impudent best.

As for Chelsea, they are in danger of their season slowly whimpering out. Yes, they are still in the FA Cup and should get past Southampton to get to the final, but the team and the manager look flat and disinterested. How did it come to this? Conte is still beloved by the Chelsea fans, but it just goes to show that as long as Abramovich and his cronies are in charge of the club, the Chelsea manager's position is an untenable poisoned chalice.

Best goal:

Ashley Barnes-- What a finish. As the ball came over from the right, Barnes moved his feet, adjusted his body quickly to meet the ball at chest height and leathered a spectacular flying volley into the top corner. Even Barnes himself looked surprised that the ball flew into the back of the net the way that it did. Barnes for England?? Stranger things have happened...

Player of the weekend:

Dele Alli-- In a week where his performances for both club and country have been heavily criticized, with some going as far as saying his place on the plane to Russia could be in jeopardy, this performance from Dele Alli was a hell of a way to answer his critics. On a day where Tottenham were deprived of a fully fit talisman, Alli stepped up and drove his team to victory with a pair of wonderfully instinctive goals. For the first, he showed remarkable composure to execute a sublime touch and finish past the keeper, and for the second, he reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box and buried beyond a stranded Caballero.

The remaining games this season will be a duel for a starting place in Russia between Alli and Lingard. Lingard, though he has his limitations, has been more consistent this season, but Alli on his day is one of the Premier League's very best. He has it in him to dominate matches of this magnitude week in week out, and so both Pochettino and Southgate will be hoping that he carries the form he showed against Chelsea through the end of the season and all the way to Russia.

Team of the weekend:

             De Gea

Sanchez Kompany Vertonghen Robertson

            Silva Alli Eriksen 

  Lingard Aubameyang Arnautovic