Tottenham hopes over: Three things we learned about Chelsea in win v Southampton
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Chelsea walked away from Stamford Bride with all three points on Tuesday after winning 4-2 against Southampton to build a seven point gap between themselves and second-placed Tottenham.
Here, Football Insider analyses three things learned from the game:
Tottenham title hopes all-but over
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now seven points behind Chelsea going into their final six games of the season. It could all go wrong for Spurs at Crystal Palace on Wednesday night after they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Chelsea at the weekend. Antonio Conte and his men have the momentum, the points and the mental edge to lift the Premier League title in May. Chelsea have a much easier final few fixtures in comparison to Spurs, who still have Manchester United and Arsenal to play in their last two home games.
N’Golo Kante is underrated on the ball
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Everyone made it abundantly clear last season that Kante was the most underrated player in the top-flight, so much so that the statement completely contradicted itself. People were raving about the ex-Leicester midfielder because of his dominant displays off the ball, but Kante showed against the Saints that he is equally as good in possession. The French international went on a number of mazy runs, leaving the visiting defenders chasing shadows at times. His range of passing was also a joy to watch.
Marcos Alonso must be improved on
The ex-Bolton man didn’t do enough against Southampton to prove that he is a viable option for the future of Chelsea. He was signed last summer by Conte to play on the left and has had a very inconsistent campaign with a lot of the Stamford Bridge faithful failing to warm to the Spaniard. Against Southampton he was very poor defensively and he lost track of Oriol Romeu when he scored an equalising goal. Chelsea shouldn’t look to sell Alonso in the summer, but they should definitely find someone to improve on him.
In other Chelsea news, John Terry has delivered an FA Cup rallying cry.