There were so many groans from the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge in the first 35 minutes of the game. The Blues looked out of place, and Tottenham dominated the opening period of the game. However, Chelsea picked up towards the end of the first half, and Pedro’s stunning strike just before halftime sparked a resurgence.
But why did the Blues have it so hard in the first half?
WING-BACKS WERE PEGGED BACK
Since Conte’s switch to a 3-4-3 formation, one of Chelsea’s strengths have been the surge of our wing-backs up and down the flanks, but Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino had a game plan to clip the wings of our wing-back. Moses and Alonso were held back in their half in the first half, and it made it so hard for Chelsea to attack or play free-flowing football.
Tottenham Hotspur had a good shape in the first half; they were well positioned in the first half, and they pressed Chelsea so hard, that it was difficult for the team to string passes together.
Spurs showed great work rate in the first half, and it made it difficult for the Blues to play their usual game.
THE TEAM COULDN’T PASS OUT FROM THE BACK
Another reason we have been good in this 3-4-3 formation was the way we passed the ball out of the back with ease. In modern-day football, teams who can pass out from the back usually dominate games, but it was difficult for Chelsea today because of Tottenham’s shape. Spurs were high up the pitch and they worked hard to cover every man, making it very difficult for the Blues to string passes together.
However, the Blues became dominant in the second half and looked a different team. It was a good game for us, and we deserved all 3 points.