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Post match review: Tottenham 0 vs Chelsea 2

Recap of the game Many fans expected with recent defensive lapses and difficulties in beating the "top 6" teams in the PL that C...

Recap of the game

Many fans expected with recent defensive lapses and difficulties in beating the "top 6" teams in the PL that Chelsea might opt for 3 at the back against Spurs. Well, 3 at the back happened however certain personnel in the overall starting lineup were a bit of a shock to many.


Whilst the omission of Jorginho and Pulisic might've been unexpected considering the magnitude of the match, this was probably Frank's biggest masterstroke in this contest. The lineup suggested Chelsea will be far more direct with possession and press intensely without the ball. Consequently, this perhaps disrupted the opposition plans as they might've intended to man-mark Jorginho who is generally the focal point to Chelsea's build-up.

By half time it was 0-2 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Chelsea had exploited a lot of Spurs' weaknesses. Most notably their weakness on the right side with Aurier. Willian took full advantage of this with a brilliant strike for his first goal and then he doubled the lead with the penalty. By the time the 2nd half finished, Spurs had completed their mega implosion and finished the match with 10 men.

From the beginning till the end, Chelsea was in full control and stats back this statement.

  • Possession - 55.2%
  • Shots on target - 3 (Spurs 1)
  • Shots - 13 (Spurs 5)
  • Touches - 763 (Spurs 650)
  • Passes -  565 (Spurs 457)
  • Tackles - 16 (Spurs 19)
  • Clearances - 15 (Spurs 20)
  • Corners - 5 (Spurs 3)
Key Moments

12th min - Willian's brilliant strike off the back of a cheeky short corner which caught Aurier napping. Making it 0-1 to Chelsea and silencing the homes crowd.

28th min - Big miss by Kane who was given all the space in the world by Chelsea's defense but luckily Kane skied his shot over the bar. This was probably Spurs' best opportunity in the entire match.

1st half stoppage time - A complete brain snap from Gazzaniga who missed the ball and took out Alonso. VAR confirmed it to be a penalty and rightly so. Consequently, Willian coolly slotted it home for a 0-2 lead at half time.

62nd min - Son red card off the back of a ridiculous reaction against Rudi. Did Rudi capitalize on Son's reaction? 100% but Son's initial intent was deemed red card worthy by VAR. Once again rightly so.

Best Players

Willian - MOTM

This was a near-perfect performance from the Chelsea number 10. His work rate, intensity and being clinical with the ball simply knocked Spurs out of the park.

  • 2 goals
  • 100% shots on target 
  • 88% pass accuracy 
  • 4/7 dribbles completed 


Mason Mount 

This was by far one of Mason's best performances yet. Although he did not score, he did everything that was required by Frank and strategy for this match. He pressed with energy, linked up well in midfield and going forward and overall created a lot of chaos with his intensity.

  • 86% pass accuracy 
  • 4/4 dribbles completed
  • 3 interceptions 
  • 57% of defensive duels won 
A special mention to the back 5 who were outstanding in shutting Spurs down today.

Worst Players

In all honesty, there's wasn't anyone in particular that played below par level. It was a great team performance.

Final statement of the result

This was a fantastic result and a much needed one for Frank Lampard and Chelsea. Recent form has unsettled the fan base somewhat who started to question a few things about management and tactics. However, this victory by the student (Lampard) against his professor (Jose) suggests that he and the team are more than capable of competing against the top clubs in the Premier League.

Written by: Miz Rahman
Twitter: @Miz9Rahman

 

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