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Top moment for Nabil

Posted on 4 January 2015  - 08:16

Victory against a top four side has been a long time coming for Nabil Bentaleb, meaning our 5-3 win against Chelsea was extra special for the young midfielder.

Nabil with Harry Kane after the Chelsea matchIn action with Willian

Our record against the Premier League’s big guns has been notoriously disappointing in recent months – but that bogey was consigned to the history books in some style at White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day.

Harry Kane bagged a brace while Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli joined him on the scoresheet against the highly-rated league leaders – with Nabil once again working his socks off in the centre of midfield.

Having experienced victory against a club occupying a top four spot for the first time since graduating into our first team set-up a little over a year ago, Nabil said he was thrilled to be able to reward our supporters with such a memorable result.

“We’ve been waiting for the opportunity to prove to everyone what we can do, and to give some love back to our fans,” said the 20-year-old Algeria international.

“We’ve wanted to show them on the pitch what we want to do and I think we did that against Chelsea. We proved to everyone who was watching in the Premier League that we are capable of competing with the top teams in this league.”

Prior to the game, Jose Mourinho’s men had only been beaten once on the domestic scene this term – a 2-1 reverse at Newcastle United in early December.

Because of that impressive record, Nabil admitted the team knew it was going to be a difficult match against the Blues and offered an insight into his mindset leading up to kick-off.

“Before the game I spoke to the guys and we said that we would leave everything on the pitch,” he said. “We were playing against the top team in the league and we know how good they are.

“We knew we couldn’t make the same mistakes as we did in the past when we lost at Chelsea and that was how our minds were set up – to give everything.”