Tottenham vs Chelsea (5-3) – Initial Reaction and Analysis
It was the first game of the New Year for the Blues fans as Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea made a short trip to White Hart Lane to square up against Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspurs.
Mourinho made 3 changes to the line-up that played a draw against the Saints with Oscar, Willian and Azpilicueta starting in place of Mikel, Schurrle and Filipe Luis respectively.
With Man City winning their match against Sunderland to close the gap, a win was a must for the Blues, so let’s get on with the initial reaction to see how this game panned out for us:
– I was pretty hungover while watching this game and I hope you were too with all the partying and booze so, hopefully, you wouldn’t notice the mistakes! And yeah! Arsenal lost 2-0 to the Saints earlier in the day. Not that it concerns us in anyway, but it is always hilarious to see the Gunners lose. Haha. Okay, enough with the fooling around. Let’s get on with the Derby now!
Blues started the game in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation as Fabregas was back alongside Matic in the pivot while, Oscar slotted in his preferred CAM role.
– The hosts started the game in a similar fashion as they did at Stamford Bridge. Spurs pressed us high up the pitch to close us down and they did pretty well as Kyle Walker made inroads from the wings in the first 5 minutes itself. We certainly struggled against a high pressing Spurs in the opening few minutes. Ryan Mason had to be subbed off for Spurs in the 14th minute as he looked to have injured his hamstring. Meanwhile, Nacer Chadli, came close to open the scoring for the home side from a bicycle kick before he was denied by Courtois.
– It was the visitors who opened the scoring in the 18th minute through who else but Diego Costa! Eden Hazard did brilliantly to get his shot away by rounding off couple of defenders yet again but unfortunately it struck the post as the rebound fell to Oscar whose low strike was comfortably slotted in by Costa to make it 1-0 for Chelsea.
– We continued to boss the proceedings in the final third after our opener as Hazard and Costa combined brilliantly to cause all sorts of trouble for Vertonghen and co. Oscar came close to double our lead but saw his shot roll wide of the goal. Tottenham, against the run of play, equalized in the 30th min. as Harry Kane pulled one back for the host with a brilliant solo effort. The under-21 English International resisted the pressure from Oscar to put his shot behind Courtois from the edge of the box. Amazing goal from the Striker!
– It was an even contest from the moment Spurs equalized as both the teams searched for a possible winner at either end of the pitch. Hazard had a wonderful chance to get on the scoresheet from a deflected Willian effort, but his resulting header missed the goal altogether. The Belgian should have scored there. Meanwhile, Nacer Chadli continued to cause a lot of trouble for the Blues, as the midfielder was brilliant for the home side. And inevitably it was Chadli who was the catalyst for the second Spurs goal. Cristian Eriksen played a brilliant through ball for Nacer Chadli who exposed Cahill and Terry with his sheer pace and his resulting shot hit the post but Danny Rose was there to convert the rebound from close range to make it 2-1 Tottenham!
– If that was awful, Gary Cahill gifted a penalty to Spurs with an idiotic foul on Kane as Townsend converted the resulting penalty to make it 3-1 Tottenham at half-time! It was an awful half for Chelsea as we trailed the game 3-1. Cahill and Terry were probably still drunk and that’s the only explanation I can think of for this performance! Jose Mourinho was furious at the sidelines and an interesting second half probably awaited us on the other side.
– The second half started with Jose Mourinho subbing off Oscar for Ramires as Fabregas moved up in the No.10 role and we switched to a something of a 4-1-4-1 formation with Matic playing as the lone holder in the middle.
– Chelsea pressed high up the pitch from the start of the half as we searched for an early goal while Tottenham looked to sit back and play on the counter. Harry Kane made it 4-1 in the 53rd minute rounding off John Terry and Gary Cahill! All I can say is fuck! Harry Kane, an under 21 English International, meanwhile, owned us!
– If you were hoping for a comeback it was Hazard you could count on and the Belgian did deliver in the 61st minute. The winger stole the ball from Fazio and played a nice one-two with Fabregas before slotting it past Lloris. 4-2 Chelsea.
– Among the ambush, Hazard was brilliant as the winger showed his quality on the pitch with some brilliant moments. If we hoped for any comeback it inevitably had to be Hazard to provide that magic. Mourinho introduced Salah for Willian in the 72nd minute to introduce some raw speed on the wings.
– Nacer Chadli made it 5-2 in the 78th minute after he rounded off Ivanovic and put his shot past Courtois which was of course deflected by Terry. It was just that sort of night where everything went Tottenham’s way.
– John Terry pulled one back in the 86th minute to make it 5-3 Chelsea from a quick free kick but it was too little too late for the Blues as Spurs had this game wrapped up comfortably.
– Chelsea kept on trying till the last minute but the lead proved just too much in the end as we surrendered to a shameful 5-3 defeat at White Hart Lane. Fuck the world!
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt