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Dele: ‘The rivalry with Chelsea is bigger than the one with Arsenal’

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Back before we were constantly worried about the fate of the world and the fragility of various societal constructs like healthcare and the economy, we occupied our time with petty little concerns such as sporting rivalries.

I can’t wait to be able to do that again! (“The Last Dance” documentary series can only do so much in filling that unimportant yet gaping void in our lives.)

Fortunately, here’s one Dele Alli from the Spursy side of town to get those juices flowing a bit. Like older cars sitting in the driveway after a two-month quarantine, it’s important to warm things up slowly and properly once again.

“I think if you ask the fans they will give you a different answer, but as players — the way things have been going with the league and the games — the rivalry with Chelsea is bigger than the one with Arsenal, because of what they have done to us in recent years”.

“For fans it’s different, because the North London derby is massive, but as players I think it’s Chelsea.”

-Dele Alli; source: Copa90 via HITC

One of Chelsea’s final acts pre-COVID-19 was to beat Spurs 2-1 at the Bridge, which was made all the more amusing by doing it against José Mourinho ... for the second time this season after doing so at New Three Point Lane as well.

While it’s unclear how and when the 2019-20 season may finish, Chelsea have also been keeping ahead of last year’s Champions League finalists in the race for the top-four (-five) for most of the season.

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(That said, can we please please please stop mentioning Spurs in every rendition of the Liquidator? Thank you.)