- Attendance 40,542
Match Report by John Ellis
Premier League: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
It was surprising to see so many empty seats in the home end for such a big game.
In the sixth minute Sissoko half cleared with his back! The ball landed at the feet of Higuain who mishit his shot against the post with Lloris a flat footed bystander… phew!
Chelsea though continued to dominate the opening exchanges and seemed determined to put behind the gut wrenching defeat in Sunday’s cup final.
The first 20 minutes passed with Spurs on the back-foot and having barely laid a glove on Chelsea.
By the half hour mark Spurs had finally got a foothold in the game.
The distribution of Lloris continued to cause concern as did the performances of key players such as Eriksen and Son.
Games such as these highlight how much Dembele and Dele are missed. Dembele in terms of bossing the midfield and Dele for his big match arrogance.
In the 44th minute Winks long range smacked against the bar.
Having come back from an international tournament and carried the burden on his own, with the return of Kane, Son’s first half performance was similar to that at Burnley. It is as if psychologically the return of Kane has subconsciously allowed him to relax a little. May be a fresh Moura for the next two and a half games and a refreshed Son for the end of season run in?
After a promising spell of Spurs possession, the hone side broke two on one with Eriksen leaving Davies exposed, Pedro turned inside far too easily and scored…
A well crafted Spurs move seemed to have put in Eriksen but the Chelsea defenders closed him down before he could get his shot away. Someone not knowing who played Sunday would have thought it was Spurs who had played in the debilitating cup final defeat.
Davies created an opening for Kane but for once his connection was poor and the ball crossed the goal line harmlessly.
In the 73rd minute Llorente did well to run on to a Trippier cross but his touch let him down.
The 84th minute summed up Spurs woeful inept performance. Under no pressure Trippier didn’t take the opportunity to look where his keeper was and passed it beyond his on running keeper into the net.
Such a lame performance worryingly raises questions as to the dynamics within the club. Pochettino made some strange comments in the week… The last two games have been lethargic, pedestrian, lacking in fizz and almost a sense of going through the motions.
To not even test the keeper let alone have a worthwhile effort in such a huge game is not the Tottenham we have watched over the last number of seasons.
Spurs are not so much in a title race but more a scramble to get in the top four.