Goals; Tottenham- Alli (8′) Kane (16′) Son (54′)
Chelsea- Giroud (85′)
Giroud’s late consolation goal wasn’t enough for Chelsea, as a rampant Tottenham absolutely battered Chelsea to end Chelsea’s unbeaten run in the Premier League.
Tottenham started the game much better than Chelsea and this was shown when Tottenham won a corner within 20 seconds of the first half starting. Tottenham’s early pressure paid off, and in the 8th minute, when Eriksen lifted a delightful ball into the box from a Spurs free kick, Alli got in front of his marker and powered his header through the hands of Kepa to give Spurs a deserved 1-0 lead. Spurs tormented Chelsea in the first part of the first half and had multiple chances through Son to double their lead but a mixture of poor Tottenham finishing and good Kepa saves kept the game at 1-0 within the first fifteen minutes. However, one minute after in the 16th minute, Kane with acres of room in Chelsea’s half used David Luiz as a decoy and powered his finish into the bottom right corner of Chelsea’s goal with Kepa flatfooted, it was poor defending from Luiz though…
Chelsea grew into the game as the first half went on, but didn’t cause Chelsea many problems, with their best attempt of the half coming through an offside attempt from Morata which was well saved by Lloris. The other big talking points of the first half was should Chelsea have had at least one penalty, especially the one in the 14th minute before Kane’s goal, where Foyth looked like he tripped Hazard up in the box, but nothing was given to Sarri’s frustration. But Chelsea lacked creativity in the first half, but also lacked defensive know how, and that first half reminded most Chelsea fans of their 3-0 loss to Arsenal two seasons ago, where they were absolutely defensively shambolic at the Emirates in the first half.
Going into half time, Sarri had alot to think about, especially the question; How do we get back into this game? For Tottenham though, they just needed to repeat what they did in the first half to surely ensure the 3 points remain with the North London club. Will Chelsea prevent their unbeaten run being ended today in the second half?or will Tottenham make sure it ends by killing off the game in the second half?
The second half started alot calmer compared to the first half, and Chelsea had the first real chance of the half to get back into the game, but Willian’s shot inside the box flied over the top of Lloris’s bar. However after that from the 50-80th minute, the pattern of the first half came back into play, and in the 54th minute, Son ran through half the Chelsea team and finished delightfully to give Spurs a commanding 3-0 lead and effectively end the game. The defending for the 3rd Tottenham goal was woeful, and David Luiz and Jorginho were at fault.
Unsurprisingly, Chelsea’s car crash defending continued and if it wasn’t for Tottenham being wasteful, they could have found themselves on the end of a 6-0 battering, but missed chances from Kane x2 and Alli spared Chelsea’s blushes.
The game went into drifting mode until Olivier Giroud came on for Chelsea in the 76th minute. Chelsea for the last 10 minutes created multiple chances to grab a consolation goal, and they did just that in the 85th minute when Azpilicueta’s cross was headed into the back of the net by Olivier Giroud. Most Chelsea fans will be asking after this game, why didn’t Giroud start over Morata? Chelsea nearly grabbed another consolation goal late on, but misses from Pedro and Alonso meant that the game ended in a deserved 3-1 Tottenham win.
In all honesty, that scoreline flatters Chelsea!
Player and Manager ratings;
Lloris- 6 (Made some good saves, but wasn’t tested enough by Chelsea)
Aurier- 6 (Was solid defensively and looked an attacking threat)
Foyth- 8 (Calm and composed performance from the youngster)
Alderweireld- 7 (reliable)
Davies- 5 (Average)
Dier- 7 (Solid in the midfield today. Helped Tottenham win the midfield battle over Chelsea)
Sissoko- 7 (Solid in the midfield today. Helped Tottenham win the midfield battle over Chelsea)
Eriksen- 8 (Brilliant assist for the 1st Tottenham goal)
Alli- 8 (A thorn in the Chelsea side. Always loves to score goals against the blues)
Son- 9 (MOTM- Excellent performance today. Caused Chelsea’s defence multiple problems today and his goal was lovely)
Kane- 8 (Scored a goal, but was a little wasteful today. Could have had a hatrick today if he was a little more clinical)
Lamela- 5 (Didn’t have enough time to impact the game)
Winks- 5 (Didn’t have enough time to impact the game)
Manager rating- Mauricio Pochettino- 8- set his team up perfectly today to nullify Jorginho and Hazard. Also picked the right midfield 3 for Spurs to win the midfield battle over Chelsea
Kepa- 8 (Made some vital saves despite conceding 3 to prevent things being embarrassing for Chelsea)
Azpilicueta- 5 (Average. Good assist for Giroud’s goal)
Rüdiger- 4 (poor defensively today)
David Luiz- 1 (Absolutely woeful. The David Luiz of old)
Alonso- 3 (Kept being exploited by Tottenham)
Jorginho- 2 (Woeful)
Kante- 5 (Average. Best out of the midfield 3)
Kovacic- 4 (Adds no creativity to Chelsea’s midfield. Just passes side to side.)
Willian- 4 (Clueless in the attacking sense. Kept slowing everything down)
Hazard- 6 (Tried to make things happen but was locked out of the game by Tottenham)
Morata- 3 (Offside all the time)
Pedro- 6 (Much better than Willian. Why didn’t he start the game?)
Barkley- 7 (Added creativity to Chelsea’s midfield. Why didn’t he start the game?
Giroud- 8 (Added the focal point to Chelsea’s attack which they were lacking all afternoon. Why didn’t he start the game?)
Manager rating- Maurizio Sarri- 4- Got his team selection completely wrong and was out schooled by Pochettino today.
Possession (%) 40 60
Shots 18 13
Shots on Target 9 2
Corners 4 4
Fouls 19 12
Position in PL table
Tottenham now move above Chelsea into 3rd place with 30 points. Chelsea are now in 4th place with 28 points. The only saving grace for them is that they will definitely be remaining in the top 4 by the end of the weekend!
Next games for both teams
Both teams are next in European action, with Tottenham playing on Wednesday in a crucial fixture at home to Inter Milan at 8pm (UK time) where they must win to keep their Champions League dream alive. Whereas for Chelsea, they play PAOK at home in the Europa League at 8pm (UK time) – looking to tie up the group with a win and get back on the right track after today’s shambolic lost in the London derby. In terms of Premier League action, both teams are next in action next Sunday, with both teams again being involved in local London derby’s with Tottenham taking on Arsenal away from home at 2:05pm (UK time), whereas Chelsea play earlier in the day against Claudio Ranieri’s revitalised Fulham in the West London derby at 12pm (UK time) at Stamford Bridge.
Check out Chivers and Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris’s Post Match Analysis podcast from this London derby.
By Danyal Khan