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Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-0 on Sunday to condemn Jose Mourinho to his first home loss as Spurs boss.
According to former West Ham midfielder Don Hutchison, Frank Lampard’s decision to drop Jorginho for Chelsea’s trip to Tottenham was “brave” but the correct one.
“I think Antonio Conte had it right didn’t he, when he played with three centre-halves,” Hutchison told Premier League Productions.
“Then Maurizio Sarri came in and played with a flat back four.
“I always thought with Chelsea’s personnel they suited three at the back.
“I think [Cesar] Azpilicueta and [Marcos] Alonso at left-back, they suit that role where they can get up and down and they can attack more than defending.
“He made a brave call before the game actually, leaving Jorginho out. I thought that was a huge call but they fully deserved it.
“We often have that discussion about ‘It’s all about the players, it’s about the players’ desire and you can get one over on your opposition’, but if the tactics are right from the start, and you saw the Tottenham players looking around in the first half an hour of the game.
“I’ve been there myself, when you’re getting battered on the pitch, you’re looking round thinking ‘How do we solve this problem? What do we do?’.
“What you’ve got to do is try and keep it tight and try to get to half time and try and get to half time losing by one goal at the worst and allow Jose to make a team talk that then gets you back in the game.
“Two, it was never going to happen because Chelsea were so good.”