Tottenham Hotspur academy coach surprised with win v Chelsea in Premier League

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Bradley Allen analyses Tottenham Hotspur’s 5-3 home win against Chelsea in the Premier League on Thursday.

Tottenham Hotspur academy coach Bradley Allen has admitted his surprise at the first team’s victory over Chelsea on New Year’s Day.

Spurs came from a goal down to get the better of their London rivals 5-3 at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Thursday.

Diego Costa put Chelsea ahead in the 18th minute, but Tottenham equalised through Harry Kane on the half-hour mark and Danny Rose made it 2-1 on 44 minutes.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side went into the half-time interval 3-1 up after Andros Townsend slotted home the penalty conceded by Gary Cahill, while Kane scored Spurs’ fourth goal of the match seven minutes into the second half.

Eden Hazard threatened a comeback for Chelsea on the hour mark when he pulled one back, but Nacer Chadli ended the game as a contest on 78 minutes when he made it 5-2 to Tottenham.

John Terry scored three minutes from full time for the Blues, but it did not matter in the end as Spurs won the match 5-3.

Allen conceded his surprise at Tottenham’s win and told BBC Sport on Thursday: “Tottenham showed everybody tonight how to play against Chelsea.

“I think Chelsea can justifiably say they've played a lot of games in recent weeks, and it caught up with them. This was a free hit for Tottenham tonight.

"The game turned when Harry Kane equalised. Spurs thought: 'If we can keep going at this Chelsea defence, it could be our night.' I never thought I'd see this result in a million years.”

Tottenham are currently fifth in the Premier League table with 34 points from 20 matches, just two points behind fourth-placed Southampton.

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