Tottenham vs Chelsea is surely one of those games you wouldn’t want to watch again, as a Chelsea fan. Chelsea were below par tonight and looked far different from the team that has been so dominant in the league and that has won 13 games on the bounce.
We lost the chance to equal Arsenal’s record of 14 wins in a row, and we lost the chance to increase the point gap at the top of the table, rather it was one point gained by Tottenham.
From the kick of the ball to the final blast of the whistle, Chelsea were poor, and Spurs deserved the 3 points and all the accolades that’ll accompany it.
So what did Chelsea to wrong?
A repeat of the two goals will show you how poor our defending was against Spurs. The two goals looked similar, and to concede twice in a match from the same mistake isn’t something to wave off with the hand. Dele Alli scored from two headers, and our defensive shape for both goals was poor, leaving Dele Alli to two free-headed goals.
The reason we’ve been better than other teams this season and have gone on to win 13 league games in a row is because of our high-pressing game, with energy, desire and intensity. However, these things were missing at White Hart Lane. Spurs came to the game with a higher intensity from the get-go, and won all the second balls time after time. The team with the higher intensity won the game, and that was Spurs.
If we must give credit where it’s due, then we have to agree that Mauricio Pochettino got his tactics all right, and was better than Antonio Conte in every way.
First the way he set up his team in a 3-5-2 formation caused Chelsea too many problems. They bossed the midfield, had a good shape and were solid at the back, restricting Chelsea to just one tangible effort on target.
Pochettino also set his team up to attack Chelsea high up (which is what we’ve been doing to other teams), and he also found a way to peg back both Alonso and Moses, rather it was Kyle Walker and Danny Rose that were bubbling up and down the flanks.
Conte’s second half tactics even made things worse, as Chelsea lost belief right after the second goal.
The game has been lost already, but we must still appreciate our boys for how far they have come this season.