Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they dispatched London rivals Tottenham by 3-0 in what was a familiar outcome at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues survived a spirited start from Mauricio Pochettino’s to race away to a 2-0 lead inside 22 minutes. Goals from Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and then a second half strike from substitute Loic Remy made the points safe in front of a delirious home turnout.
Here are the Five Things we learnt from Stamford Bridge:
It’s still the same old Didier Drogba
When Didier Drogba returned to his favourite club in the summer, even the Chelsea fans believed that Jose Mourinho had brought back the Ivorian for a mentoring role. How wrong they were. Drogba has been preferred by Mourinho over Remy whenever Diego Costa has been injured and he has delivered every time for his side. He scored against Manchester United at Old Trafford and against Tottenham he was simply at his old self. He set up Hazard for Chelsea’s opener and then scored his side’s second goal before being withdrawn in the hour mark.
Chelsea’s immaculate positioning off the ball
One of Chelsea’s significant improvement over last season has been the players’ immaculate positioning off the ball. Mourinho has instilled an almost inch perfect drill down on how to cope with the ball and recover possession in the wide areas. With Hazard, Oscar and Willian in the side, it’s easy to think of their creative spark, but what has stood out has been the triumvirate’s ability to fall back and sort out their defensive duties.
Tottenham should start taking their chances
Tottenham’s form away from home has been better this season and Pochettino’s side have looked comfortable playing away from White Hart Lane. However, Spurs have been guilty of their own un-doings so far this season. They need to start taking their chances else they can forget of a top-four challenge. Harry Kane had two great opportunities to give the away side the lead but failed to score on either attempt. It’s’ the kind of opportunities Tottenham need to thrive on in the coming weeks.
Willian is a key member of Chelsea’s title charge
Brazilian players are known for their creative hallmark, qualities that separate them from the rest. However, players like Willian and Oscar are players of the modern mould who are capable of creating opportunities and then play as a utility man when required. Willian remains a key player for the Blues in this respect, his ability to fall back and then counter at pace with his dribbling ability will be key for Chelsea ahead of the busy Christmas period and going into the new year.
Back to the drawing board for Tottenham
Often Tottenham are a victim of their own un-doings. The White Hart Lane outfit should have never played a significant high pressing line against Chelsea and mistakes from your goalkeeper is hardly pardonable. Physically, Spurs are inept to challenge any top side but they have enough creative players in Eriksen and Lamela who need to see the ball more often. Surely, Pochettino will have his work cut-out.
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt