Dembele lauds Spurs' maturity

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele believes his team showed its maturity during the win over Chelsea in the Premier League.

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Mousa Dembele said the win against Chelsea was important for his team.

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele believes his team showed its maturity during the win over Chelsea in the Premier League. A brace from Dele Alli helped Spurs > end Chelsea's 13-match winning run in the league to see the leader's advantage at the top cut to five points.

Dembele acknowledged the significance of the win and said it was another example of Mauricio Pochettino's team growing. "We have matured," he told UK newspapers.

"We are now another year together. Dele is in his second season with us and is growing all the time. All the team now know each other more, and the manager, as well. This was a very important win for us. If we hadn't won, Chelsea would have been very difficult to catch."

Only 10 points separate Chelsea and sixth-placed Manchester United, with Spurs third after five straight league wins. Dembele praised his team for its approach against Antonio Conte's team, which conceded either side of half-time. "We knew how Chelsea would play. We know they have a lot of quality as well," he said.

"It is not the first time we have played well against Chelsea. But this time when we went in front we did not panic, we kept playing and we wanted to score the second."