|OPPONENTS||Chelsea at Stamford Bridge|
|DATE||Saturday 22nd February 2020|
Without a strong forward line-up Spurs are going to find a trip to
up for it Chelsea even more difficult.
it is a shame, as a full strength Tottenham could have heaped further pressure on Frank Lampost's team, as they are being looked at differently from their early season results. Obviously, VAR went against them on Monday when they lost to Manchester United, but Lampost won't mind if they get some on Saturday. His reliance on the young players at the club was originally a consequence of the transfer ban, but when that was lifted and they didn't sign anyone in January, the onus is now on the manager's preference and with results being up and down, it has cast a shadow over his tenure.
Certain Chelsea players always raise their game against us and there will be an edge to the match, as the Pensioners seem to think we are their rivals. That makes this sort of game even more problematical, as Tottenham will need to be urgent in their passing, but that will mean players moving off it to make themselves available to the person on the ball. It will be important to have an energetic start, as we have been caught out recently by opposing sides, which Chelsea did at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. If we can take the game to Chelsea, it might quieten the crowd and if they can't get into the game, it might put the onus on them to push forward more and allow the opportunity of a breakaway.The crucial thing will be to stop turning possession over too cheaply. We need to ensure that Chelsea work hard to get the ball and again, that will need our players to work hard. The pace of the players we have available in forward positions will be utilised to test the Chelsea defence and with the current clouds hanging over their goalkeepers' heads, the need to get shots on target to make them work and test them out.
With the home side likely to be fired up, there could be a few cards flying around, as Chelsea have shown that they fly into tackles and to mis-time one could be an error of judgement. On the other side of the coin, Spurs will need to be alert to the fact that Chelsea players will be looking for decisions going their way n the final third, with free-kicks giving them the chance to put our goal under threat.
The match couldn't have come at a worse time, but then we are stuck with this situation until the end of the season. It is down to the management team to find a solution as to how they can get the best out of the remaining squad members available and it makes a fourth place finish more difficult, but the team have to carry on playing on three fronts to see where Spurs end up at the end of the season.
Unfortunately, without much
striking threat, Spurs might find it tricky to get anything out of
the game, which will leave us four points back behind the opposition.
|PREDICTION||Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -
Harry Kane (hamstring), Moussa Sissoko (knee), Juan Foyth (groin) and Heung-Min Son (broken arm) are all out of the game at Stamford Bridge.
CHELSEA TEAM NEWS
|Premier League||Kick off 12:30|
Tottenham Hotspur 1 (0)
Giroud 14m 19s
Rudiger (o.g.) 88m 33s
|Crowd : 40,608||Weather : Sunny, mild|
|Referee : Michael Oliver (Northumberland)||Assistant Referees : Mr. Simon Bennett; Mr. Stuart Burt|
|Fourth Official : Kevin Friend|
|Video Assistant Referee : David Coote||Video Assistant Referee Assistant : Adam Nunn|
|Chelsea kicked off and played towards the Shed end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 7 minutes.|
Christensen (foul on Moura) 63
Winks (foul on Jorginho) 23
Lo Celso (foul on Mount - persistent fouling) 81
|Chelsea :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
13 Willy CABELLERO
2 Antonio RUDIGER (o.g.)
4 Andreas CHRISTENSEN
28 Cesar AZPILICUETA (c)
24 Reece JAMES
16 Mateo KOVACIC
3 Marcos ALONSO
8 Ross BARKLEY (10 WILLIAN 77)
19 Mason MOUNT
18 Olivier GIROUD ( 9 Tammy ABRAHAM 71)
Hugo LLORIS (c)
|Manager : Frank Lampost||Manager : Jose Mourinho|
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|Kit Supplier : Nike||Kit Supplier : Nike|
Spurs lost this match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which is not perhaps an unsurprising statistic having our past record there in mind, but the 2-1 defeat didn't come without controversy. The late VAR call that came too late to make a difference saw Lampost furious that a decision didn't go his way (no change there), while the admission that the off-pitch referee had made a mistake was a revelation, as they would never admit that the one on the pitch had done such a thing. Tottenham lacked a threat up front and as a consequence, the first goal of the game meant that it would always be an uphill struggle for us.
Both sides were subject to
change from defeats in the preceding week, but the start was cagey
until the game burst into life in the tenth minute. Spurs forced two
corners and from the second, Moura linked with Bergwijn to take a
return pass and smash a shot to the keeperís right, but Cabellero
got down to it to push the ball wide. Chelsea responded with
Mount forcing Lloris to a smart save down at his near post as the
shot came in from the left and then Jorginho played a ball through
to Giroud, whose shot was kicked out by Lloris and then Barkley
returned it against the post. The ball fell for Giroud again and he
turned on it to fire the ball into the net at Hugoís near post from
the right side of the goal. A goal down after 15 minutes, Spurs were
going to have enough trouble without any recognised strikers, but
now they had to be aggressive and sharper in getting a foothold back
in the match.
What isn't in dispute is that Spurs are suffering. Comments by Mourinho indicate that he feels Troy Parrott's head isn't right to be thrown into the first team and we have no other recognised all-out forward. So, we are left with using our attacking midfielders/wingers or playing with a false nine. The problem we might have with the latter is that it leaves the opposition's defence to have space and time to play the ball and pressing them needs to be done across the line.
It wasn't a terrible performance, as Chelsea are not playing that well at the moment, but they score two goals that caught out our defence and my worry is that teams are perhaps identifying Jan and Toby as being slower on the turn, so a ball bent behind them might give strikers and opportunity to get in behind them. The team needs to be better drilled at tightening up the middle and back of the side. If we are not being able to score as many goals as we would like, we need to be less likely to concede. With a string of games coming up over the next three weeks, our season could be determined by how we get through those fixtures.
Hugo Lloris makes his
250th Premier League appearance.
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|How the players did|
|Hugo Lloris||Another performance that stopped us suffering a heavy defeat. Maybe at fault for the first goal, being beaten at his near post.|
|Toby Alderweireld||Looked a little slow when the ball was played beyond him in the build up to the first goal, but stuck at it and made some good blocks, trying to launch forward passes that almost led to Tanganga getting past Caballero.|
|Jan Vertonghen||Looked a little out of sorts, not reacting when the throw-in was taken for the second goal, as Mount turned him one way the the other to set up the goal, with Jan standing off him.|
|Davinson Sanchez||Played pretty well and brought a good save out of Cabellero with a header from a corner.|
|Japhet Tanganga||Did well and try to get forward, but often ran into traffic when trying to make progress with the ball.|
|Ben Davies||Another who had a decent game, but in the new formation, his role is mainly defensive thus restricting the attacking side of his game.|
|Harry Winks||Got stuck in, but after an early booking, he had to be careful. Outnumbered when Chelsea flooded back behind the ball.|
|Tanguy Ndombele||Looked good on the ball, but laboured getting back when he had lost the ball and didn't last the whole game again. Could be very effective when fully fit.|
|Giovani Lo Celso||Played very well, but lucky to stay on the pitch. The Argentine in him is coming out and we cannot afford to lose him to suspension, so needs to concentrate on his own game.|
|Steven Bergwijn||Another one who tried hard, but had little chance to test the Chelsea defence, although he did set up a couple of chances.|
|Lucas Moura||Laboured away and had the first shot of the game, but difficult for him to utilise his pace against a packed defence.|
|Erik Lamela||Made a difference and ran at defenders, creating panic that resulted in the own goal, but it came a bit too late.|
|Serge Aurier||Brought on to change the formation. Got forward on the right, but didn't make much in terms of chances.|
|Dele Alli||Frustrated by not being found when he made runs into the box, Dele could not influence the state of the game.|
|What you thought|
|Other scores during this week :|
|Crystal Palace||1||Newcastle United||0||Saturday|
|Sheffield United||1||Brighton & Hove Albion||1||Saturday|
|Leicester City||0||Manchester City||1||Saturday|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||3||Norwich City||0||Sunday|
|Liverpool||3||West Ham United London||2||Monday|
|League Table 2019-20|
|4||Frank Lampard's Chelsea||27||13||5||9||45||36||44||+9|
|12||South Coast Big Club||27||10||4||13||34||48||34||-14|
|15||Brighton & Hove Albion||27||6||10||11||32||39||28||-7|
|18||West Ham United London||27||6||6||17||32||48||24||-16|
Position before match : 5th
Position after match : 5th
Position after the weekend : 6th
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