Thursday, January 1, 2015 9:44 pm
Harry Kane starred as Tottenham Hotspur crushed Chelsea 5-3 in a New Year’s Day blockbuster to leave Jose Mourinho’s side dead-level with Manchester City at the Premier League summit.
Kane, a 21-year-old Spurs youth-team graduate, scored twice and had a hand in two other goals as Mourinho conceded five goals for only the second time in his managerial career.
It left Chelsea and City with completely identical records, after former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard had scored the decisive goal in the champions’ 3-2 win over Sunderland.
“It shows how good we are,” said Kane, whose side leapfrogged Arsenal into fifth place. “To score five against one of the best defences in the world shows how we’re coming together as a team.”
Diego Costa put Chelsea ahead in the 18th minute at White Hart Lane by tapping in Oscar’s shot after Eden Hazard had hit the post, but Kane drilled in from the edge of the box on the half hour.
Danny Rose put Spurs ahead in the 44th minute and Andros Townsend extended the hosts’ lead from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time after Kane had been felled by Gary Cahill.
Nacer Chadli teed up Kane to make it 4-1 early in the second half and Kane returned the favour after Hazard had reduced the arrears, with Chelsea captain John Terry netting a further consolation in the 87th minute.
“I think we made some defensive mistakes, some individual defensive mistakes,” Mourinho told BT Sport.
“The players tried a lot, but the fifth goal killed a bit our fantastic reaction.”