Darren Anderton makes bold Tottenham claim after FA Cup defeat to Chelsea
By Will Butcher
Darren Anderton believes Tottenham remain the best side in English football following their loss to rivals Chelsea on Saturday.
Spurs suffered a 4-2 loss at Wembley, despite equalising twice through Harry Kane and Dele Alli as the Premier League title rivals fought for a place in the final of the FA Cup.
Posting on his personal Twitter account, former Spurs midfielder Anderton claimed Tottenham “bullied” Antonio Conte’s side and are the “best team in the country”.
It’s a bold claim, seeing as Chelsea are also on course to win the Premier League this season and possibly complete the domestic double, but it’s one that Anderton believes.
How did we lose today? Well played boys. Bullied Chelsea today.. very proud of the performance from the best team in the country #COYS
— Darren Anderton (@DarrenAnderton) April 22, 2017
Chelsea took the lead in just the fifth minute at Wembley, as Willian converted a close-range free-kick following Toby Alderweireld’s cynical foul on Pedro.
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However, Kane equalised just 13 minutes later, executing a superb header from a Christian Eriksen cross that found its way into the corner of Thibaut Courtois’ net.
Willian scored his second of the match from the penalty spot just before half-time, before Eriksen turned provider once again with an inch-perfect delivery that saw Alli fire home.
However, Chelsea asserted their dominance with the introduction of both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, and it was Hazard who gave Chelsea the lead before setting up Nemanja Matic to score a sublime long-range effort.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have just one more shot at silverware this season following their loss in the FA Cup, but they must overturn a four-point deficit at the top of the Premier League – against Chelsea.
Arsenal and Manchester City go head-to-head in the other semi-final on Sunday, as both sides look to book their place in the final against Chelsea.
In other Tottenham news, Stan Collymore has had his say on this controversial moment that occurred during the match.