Chelsea were on a six match winning streak without conceding any before their mega weekend clash against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.
Mauricio Pochettino, the only unbeaten Premier League manager so far this season, was on a mission to maintain his record by denying Conte to extend his winning spell. However, despite initial promises, Spurs failed to keep hold of their unbeaten run and tasted their first defeat (2-1) of the campaign.
Spurs missed two of their key defenders in terms of Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose due to injury and suspension. But the Spurs’ boss shifted to a back three formation similar to Conte’s 3-4-3 in order to deal with Chelsea’s threats. The counter-strategy worked initially as Spurs’ midfielder Christian Eriksen earned his side an early lead around 11th minute mark with a stunning strike. Chelsea were disorganized and Spurs kept on pushing for their second. However, things did not end up in Tottenham’s favor as Chelsea survived the initial scare and Pedro found the back of the net with a stunner right on course of half-time whistle. First half ended in 1-1.
Chelsea took no time to settle down in second half and in-form Victor Moses scored around 51st minute to give his side a crucial lead. Moses was left unmarked and the Spurs back-line paid the price. Chelsea, who have been defensively solid recently, managed to keep hold of the lead and reconquered the top spot of the Premier League table. The Blues are in seventh heaven with seven consecutive victories and will be high on confidence ahead of their away trip to Manchester City next Saturday.
Chelsea vs Spurs Lineups:
Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Victor Moses (Branislav Ivanovic 81′), N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Marcos Alonso, Eden Hazard (Willian 77′), Pedro (Oscar 83′), Diego Costa.
Spurs: Hugo Lloris, Kevin Wimmer, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Walker, Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele (Vincent Janssen 83′), Heung-min Son (Harry Winks 65′), Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli (Georges-Kevin N’Koudou 73′), Harry Kane.
Chelsea vs Spurs Highlights:
Chelsea vs Spurs Match Stats:
|Shots (On Target)||9(5)||12(6)|
|Fouls conceded (Bookings)||13(2)||16(1)|
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