COMPETITION Premier League
DATE Sunday 29th November 2015
VENUE White Hart Lane
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PREDICTION Tottenham Hotspur    1         Chelsea    2
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Tottenham Hotspur  0 (0)                                                                       
Premier League
Sunday 29th November 2015
White Hart Lane
Chelsea  0 (0)

Kick off 12:00
None None
Rose (foul on Hazard)  32
Kane (foul on Willian)  40
Walker (foul on Azpilicueta)  45+1
Vertonghen (foul on Hazard)  53


Matic (foul on Eriksen)  59
Azpilicueta (foul on Dembele)  90+5



Crowd :   35,639 Weather :  Chilly, light rain
Referee :  Michael Oliver (Northumberland) Assistant Referees :  Mr. S. Burt; Mr. G. Beswick
Fourth Official :  Andre Marriner -
Spurs kicked off and played towards the Paxton Road end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 5 minutes.
Tottenham Hotspur : kit Chelsea : kit
  1  Hugo LLORIS (c)

  2  Kyle WALKER     
  5  Jan VERTONGHEN     
  3  Danny ROSE     

15  Eric DIER
  8  Ryan MASON  (11  Erik LAMELA  56)

  7  Heung-Min SON  (14  Clinton N'JIE  75)
23  Christian ERIKSEN
19  Mousa DEMBELE

10  Harry KANE     

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM

16  Kieran TRIPPIER
25  Josh ONOMAH
27  Kevin WIMMER

    1  Asmir BEGOVIC

  2  Branislav IVANOVIC  (c)
  5  Kurt ZOUMA
28  Cesar AZPILICUETA     

  4  Cesc FABREGAS
21  Nemanja MATIC
22  WILLIAN  (36  Ruben LOFTUS-CHEEK 92)

  8  OSCAR

10  Eden HAZARD

Unused subs: 
32  Marco AMELIA
  6  Baba RAHMAN
12  Jon Obi MIKEL

Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino Manager :  Jose Mourinho
Sponsor :   AIA Shirt sponsor :  Yokohama Tyres
Kit Supplier :  Under Armour Kit Supplier :   adidas
Match report

WIth a long trip back from EUropa League duty, Spurs received little sympathy from Jose Mourinho, who said this was Chelsea's best performance of the season in earning a drab 0-0 draw.  They are in for a hard time of it if this is the best they can do..

Spurs made changes from their game against Qarabag and lined up for the start with Mousa Dembele, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose installed in their normal positions. Ryan Mason retained his place with Dele Alli being suspended.  Chelsea left Diego Costa on the bench.  With Chelsea lying low in the table following their abysmal start to the season, Jose Mourinho decided to play this match without s recognised centre-forward and to pack the midfield to neutralise the space available to Spurs to play in. Once the match got underway,. It was obvious that the tactics the “No Longer Special One” employed were nothing more than playing with a “false nine” in Hazard and then getting two lines of four back behind the ball as soon as Tottenham took possession. I think it is the expression “Parking the bus” as the Chelsea manager uses it.

Tottenham looked as though they were suffering from their long trip to Azerbaijan, with a lack of intensity to their game that became more apparent as the match went on. The passing was crisp, but the movement of the ball was slower and the movement off the ball not as dynamic as in last week's hammering of the Hammers.

This made for a game in which only one team wanted to play, while the other aimed to hit on the break, but only succeeded in having one shot on target. The way Chelsea played showed that they were suffering with a crisis of confidence with passes going astray, cynical fouls and time-wasting and also being wasteful when they got the ball around the Spurs box. Typical of their attitude was someone who didn't even make it onto the pitch, as Diego Costa warmed up, but wasn't called upon, so threw his pink bib to the ground in disgust. It would appear that Mourinho no longer to have the respect of his players from this incident.

But despite Chelsea's travails, Spurs were unable to take advantage and had to settle for a point in a dull 0-0 draw. They at least made Begovic work a bit harder than Lloris had to. From the first few minutes, when he had to plunge at Kane's feet as Cahill went in as well to clear Rose's low ball to the near post, he had to be alert to keep Spurs out.

Son tested him with a header from Kane's right wing cross in the 27th minute, which was his best save, but he also had to dive left to keep out Dembele's low 25 yard drive three minutes later. Begovic had already had a Kane shot that deflected off Zouma and thudded into the ground and then up off the keeper's shoulder before he grabbed it at the second attempt. Harry didn't have much time or space to get the shot away and with three blue shirts in front of him it wasn't the clearest sight of goal, but he still hit the target and forced the keeper into making the save.

Chelsea did have a couple of openings in the first half, with Hazard heading over the bar from Oscar's cross from the left. Unchallenged, he ought to have got it on target, as should have Pedro a minute or so later, when he cut in from the left to strike a right footed shot over the bar by a couple of feet, relying on power rather than placement.

There was a spell after half an hour that saw referee Michael Oliver lose the match, when he booked three Spurs players, while letting Chelsea players get away with the similar challenges. There was little of contention and the referee made more of some incidents than there was, as Chelsea players were weak on the ball, flopping to the ground to win free-kicks, which were the rare opportunities they were dangerous, with Willian bending them into the goalmouth.

While Spurs ended up with four bookings, there was plenty of kicking the ball away form Chelsea and their two bookings were calculated ones, designed to stop Tottenham breaking away.  No complaint on two of the Spurs bookings (Vertonghen and Rose), but Willian and Fabregas got away with multiple fouls, while Kane and Walker were booked for their first challenges.  Inconsistency rules !

Just after the hour both teams had chances.  Lamela took a pass from Son and lifted the ball over the Chelsea defence for the Korean to volley at goal, but he scooped it and Begovic took it above his head.  A better connection and keeping it closer to the ground would have forced the keeper into more drastic action.  A couple of minutes later, Chelsea had a break with a right wing cross that found Walker having two men on him at the far post.  The ball cleared him and coming in behind the right back, Hazard volleyed at goal from a very narrow angle, bringing a dive by Hugo to turn the ball away for a corner.

With an overhead attempt from Kane near the end, the game fizzled out, apart from Costa's bib incident.  Chelsea were determined not to suffer the same fate as New Year's Day and Spurs were not playing at their usual tempo, so neither side probably got anything more than they deserved out of the match.  The visitors were not a fluid, attacking unit and there was little cohesion in their play.  They were looking a very 15th placed side and Tottenham will need to learn how to break down sides who come to defend. 

This was the last of three London derbies and to get through them unbeaten and with five points was a good outcome.  Perhaps Spurs are drawing a few too many games at the moment.  A win and a loss are better than two draws in terms of points, but the confidence of the unbeaten run (now 13 games and a new club record in the Premier League) will continue to breed belief in the system Pochettino is instilling in the team.

Gary Sampson




Chelsea are named after the abbreviated form of their early seaside training location of Chavel-on-Sea.


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Other scores during this week :
Aston Villa 2 Watford 3 Saturday
Bournemouth 3 Everton 3 Saturday
Crystal Palace 5 Newcastle United 1 Saturday
Leicester City 1 Manchester United 1 Saturday
Manchester City 3 Southampton 1 Saturday
Sunderland 2 Stoke City 0 Saturday
Norwich City 1 Arsenal 1 Sunday
Liverpool 1 Swansea City 0 Sunday
West Ham United 1 West Bromwich Albion 1 Sunday




League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester City 14 9 2 3 30 14 29 +16
2 Leicester City 14 8 5 1 29 21 29 +8
3 Manchester United 14 8 4 2 20 10 28 +10
4 Arsenal 14 8 4 3 24 12 27 +12
5 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 14 6 7 1 24 11 26 +13
6 Liverpool 14 6 5 3 18 14 23 +4
7 Crystal Palace 14 7 1 6 19 14 22 +5
8 West Ham United 14 6 4 4 25 19 22 +6
9 Everton 14 5 7 2 27 19 21 +8
10 Southampton 14 5 5 4 20 17 20 +3
11 Watford 14 5 4 5 15 16 19 -2
12 Stoke City 14 5 4 5 11 14 19 -3
13 West Bromwich Albion 14 5 3 6 13 19 18 -6
14 Chelsea 14 4 3 7 17 23 15 -6
15 Swansea City 14 3 5 6 14 19 14 -5
16 Norwich City 14 3 4 7 17 25 13 -8
17 Sunderland 14 3 3 8 16 26 12 -10
18 Newcastle United 14 2 4 8 14 30 10 -16
19 Bournemouth 14 2 3 8 16 29 9 -13
20 Aston Villa 14 1 2 11 12 27 5 -15


Position before match :  5th
Position after match :  5th
Position after the weekend :  5th


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