Tottenham vs Chelsea: Three lessons learnt from dominant turnaround
Chelsea is singing it’s happened again, it’s happened again, Tottenham Hotspur, it’s happened again. Yes indeed it has happened again Chelsea have beat Spurs 3-0 at TH Stadium in a game of two halves with Spurs starting the game off the better side of two mounting pressure but not creating anything of consequence. The first half came to end leaving Thomas Tuchel with more questions than answers which led him to making a change at the start of the second half bringing on N’Golo Kante for Mason Mount and the rest is history. The change instantly made the difference with Chelsea having more of the possession and the press was much better leaving Spurs playing on the back foot. Thiago Silva opened up the scoring with a bullet header past Lloris, then it was quickly followed by Kante having his shot deflected onto the post and into the net and finally Antonio Rudiger got his goal that he didn’t get midweek against Zenit which just topped off a fantastic second half and result.
That quick summary of the game aside, today’s result was another statement of intent every team in Premier League but most importantly Liverpool. That one Chelsea is the real deal if you didn’t know already and that anything Liverpool can do Chelsea can do. What I mean by that is Chelsea and Liverpool have had the same exact results in the Premier League over the first 5 games which leaves them level on points and goal difference. But Chelsea are 1st because of head to head between the two clubs with Chelsea scoring away in the 1-1 draw last month. Another game week has come to an end with many lessons learnt but here are three from Chelsea 3 Tottenham 0.
1. No matter what goals will come from all over the pitch
Chelsea have had 10 different goal scorers this season which has showed the true versatility of this squad but also gives the fans the confidence that goals will be scored regardless of who it may be from. We all know Chelsea will be relying on Lukaku to score the brunt of the goals that is why he was brought in because of last season’s goal scoring woes. But so far this season we’ve seen defenders, midfielders and forwards all score with some catching everyone by surprise. Kovacic who rarely scores, scored last week and today Kante did the same alongside Rudiger who scored with his feet rather than his head. This is something that should be music to ears of Tuchel because when Lukaku is struggling to get clear cut chances like he did today he can rely on set pieces and lucky deflections to get over the line.
Over a 38 match season in which you are vying for a Premier League title you need luck on multiple occasions especially when playing competition who are after the same goal as you but also when playing in the most subjectively competitive league in the world. I must also point out that Tottenham were very poor in second half that led too Silva scoring off a corner because Alli didn’t challenge Silva, no one closed out Kante and let him shoot and finally let a defender side foot a shot into the bottom corner with little resistance. Chelsea wasn’t at their best today but had the better manager, had the better players and have the better fans which made it possible to overcome a bad first half.