The front cover of Thursday’s edition of L’Equipe heralds Tottenham’s victory over Chelsea, with a picture of Hugo Lloris celebrating.
The match report contains praise for several players, but picked out on his own is match winner Dele Alli. Described as ‘Le petit Prince Alli’, L’Equipe tell the story of how the Tottenham player has grown from a difficult beginning in life to having the football world at his feet.
It’s not often the French newspaper are this gushing about a Tottenham player, and especially when he doesn’t happen to be French.
Over in Spain, it’s Marca praising Tottenham, explaining that Spurs managed to beat a Chelsea team who had felt ‘invincible’, and that the club’s English core pushed them to that victory.
Marca rated Lloris, Alli, Christian Eriksen and Victor Wanyama as three stars out of three, with no Chelsea players getting higher than a two. Mauricio Pochettino was rated three to Antonio Conte’s one.
Over in Italy, Gazzetta dello Sport make it clear they feel the victory was largely driven by Pochettino’s tactics, giving the manager an 8/10 rating, that was the same for Dele Alli. Such a mark may not sound right at the top, but it is for Gazzetta who are tough on marks, and don’t just throw 7s around for an average game.
Tottenham and Ali have managed to excite the European sport media and fans of the club will hope that continues.