Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante admits that Tottenham deserved their win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Spurs rallied from going a goal behind to win 3-1 and all but assure their qualification to the Champions League next season with fifth-placed Chelsea now eight points behind them in the Premier League standings.

Kante had a rare off day against Mauricio Pochettino’s men and was criticised for not closing down Cristian Eriksen when he scored a crucial equaliser just before half-time.

Former Leicester star Kante admits that Eriksen shocked him and all his team-mates with his long-range strike which led to Dele Alli scoring a brace in the second-half to secure all three points for the North London club.

“We started the game well, we opened the scoring,” Kante told SFR Sport, as translated by ESPN. “Then there was that great shot by Eriksen that took everyone by surprise. I think they caused us problems with the way they kept the ball.

“They deserved to win. There are some matches left. We have to believe we can do it and see what we can do.”

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Football Insider verdict

Eriksen’s goal was quite sublime, especially with the way it was not really into any corner of the goal but the way it dipped and swerved past Willy Caballero. However it’s odd to hear Kante come out and say that it was a surprise because everyone in English football should know what kind of magic Eriksen can produce from long-range. The France international should have done so much better to stop that going in. He left Eriksen with all the time and space in the world to have a shot and when he did swing at the ball, instead of opening up his body, Kante cowered. The ex-Leicester man really cannot be doing that.

In other Tottenham news, Graham Roberts took a swipe at Thierry Henry for his comments after Spurs’ win over Chelsea, claiming it was “total trash”.

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