Current Premier League leaders Chelsea’s fairy tale following 13-match winning streak has come to an end as The Blues have been tasted defeat to their London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.
The fixture has resulted in Chelsea’s first defeat since the humiliation to another London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on late September. Previously, Tottenham striker Harry Kane warned Chelsea that they were keen to end Chelsea’s dream run and come back in the title race. Reportedly, his words reflected in their game last night.
Chelsea man-in-charge Antonio Conte designed his team with his vintage 3-4-3 formation making two changes in the team from the weekend victory over Stoke City replacing Willian for Pedro and Nemanja Matic was brought into the squad for Cesc Fabregas.
On the other hand, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino surprised everyone with his team selection as he went for the opponent’s same 3-4-3 formation making three changes from their weekend’s thumping victory over Watford as he brought Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Walker and Mousa Dembele into the squad replacing Kevin Wimmer, Kieran Trippier and Heung-min-Son.
Confirmed Team News :
Tottenham (3-4-3) : Hugo Lloris (C); Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen; Kyle Walker, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Dembele, Danny Rose; Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Harry Kane.
Tottenham Subs : Michel Vorm, Ben Davies, Kieran Trippier, Kevin Wimmer, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Heung-Min Son.
Chelsea (3-4-3) : Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Garry Cahill (C); Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Marcos Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard.
Chelsea Subs : Asmir Begovic, Branislav Ivanovic, Kurt Zouma, Nathaniel Chalobah, Cesc Fabregas, Willian, Michy Batshuayi.
Both the teams started the game on a very positive note as lots of chances had been waving on the both defences. On the 5’th minute of the match probably the best chance of the match was missed by the Belgian star Eden Hazard. Chelsea’s holding midfielder Nemanja Matic delivered a brilliantly lofted ball to pick up Hazard over the Tottenham defenders. The Chelsea winger had only Hugo Lloris to beat, but he lost his composure and wasted the opportunity in hurry dragging the half-volley inches beyond the far post.
On the first half both the teams wasted lots of chances followed by missed opportunities from Harry Kane, Cristian Eriksen for Spurs and Diego Costa also disappointed the Chelsea fans. When everyone was sure that the first half was going to be goalless, on the 46th minute of the first-half, the home side successfully broke the deadlock. Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen delivered a superb mouthwatering cross inside the Chelsea box and the ball reaches exactly on the head of flying Dele Alli beating everyone. The goalscoring machine from Tottenham placed the ball at the perfect corner passing the outstretched hands of the Chelsea last man Courtois into the back of the net.
With the trail of one goal, Chelsea started the second half more desperately than that of Tottenham as waves of attacks were initiated by them from the very first minute of the second half. On the 48th minute, Lloris saved Tottenham’s lead with some brilliance as Costa picked up the ball, cut inside into the centre and squeezed the ball at the near post. But the Tottenham skipper saved that shot with his stretched hands and the deflected ball was sent into the box horrifically. Which passes the feet of Pedro by inches.
On 54th minute, against the flow of the game, Spurs deemed Chelsea’s hope of rescuing a single point from the fixture as they secured the 2-0 lead. This goal can be considered as the carbon copy of the first goal as again the Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen delivered a delightful cross from the right the Chelsea defence and it picked up Dele Alli’s head and the English international did no mistake to respect the class of the cross.
Afterwards, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte made three attacking changes bringing Willian, Cesc Fabregas and outcasted Michy Batshuayi into the game replacing Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante and Victor Moses respectively. The changes definitely caused some threats to the Spurs defence. But the home side’s defence successfully answered all the attacks from The Blues afterwards.
With this scoreline, Chelsea have registered their third defeat of the season. Although they can find themselves at the top of the Premier League table with a difference of 5 points from the second placed Liverpool.
On the other hand, Spurs did a great improvement of their position on the table as they have climbed to the third position with 42 points leaving both the clubs from Manchester and the London rivals Arsenal behind. Now, it has been clear that the Premier League title race has got some more spices.
Tottenham vs Chelsea Match Stats :
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