Alli ends Spurs' 28-year wait

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So much of this success is of course down to the fantastic job that the White Hart Lane clubs 46-year-old manager Mauricio Pochettino has done since taking over in the summer of 2014. We are working very hard to try to have a good season, but I think that, in the end, we are deserving of this season. "I would be surprised to see Conte at Chelsea next season because I think he is nearly looking forward to leaving, and I also think that Chelsea want to change, they want something new, maybe a manager who is more of a corporate man - people have been talking about Luis Enrique".

The Premier League champions were expected to raise the bar this season with a footballing genius Antonio Conte in their dugout.

With Chelsea effectively now out of the running for a Champions League place and only realistically capable of winning the FA Cup, Conte's position looks more vulnerable than it ever has.


The Englishman also took a sly dig at Conte's repeated complaints about Chelsea's transfer strategy.

He may have distanced himself from the decision-making process, but the club hierarchy are not in turn happy with the Italian's strategy to point fingers at others.

Chelsea fans will never forget the magnificent performances of the 2016/2017 Premier League season but when the move to axe the Italian is finally made, few tears will be shed for a man who has chosen to ruin his own good work less than 10 months after being universally acclaimed as a master tactician. "There will be a queue of contracts for him to sign".


Club director Marina Granovskaia is the figure head of the footballing operations, and she has been overseeing the search for potential replacements - and sources close to the club have confirmed to me that they have had no shortage of suitors looking to step into Conte's hot-seat.

Granovskaia will now push ahead with plans, and I am told that they know who their top target is, and plans are already afoot for a deal. "Young players need room to breath", Pochettino said. With this win, they also snapped their 28-year wait of beating Chelsea at their home. The Europa League is exactly where they deserve to be.


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