Tottenham Hotspur you’ve done it again!
Chelsea for the upteenth time seem to have dealt Spurs another “title blow” as we beat them 2-0 in what was a crucial game for Sarri and us as well. Sarri chose a scary lineup which instantly raised questions in many fans minds. Caballero started in goal ahead of Kepa although that was expected, Azpi, Rudiger, Luiz, and Alonso started in defence with Alonso being the surprise and most dangerous inclusion. Kovacic started in midfield alongside Jorginho, and Kante with Hazard, Higuain and Pedro making up the front three. Chelsea got off to a brilliant start and the first 20 minutes were dominated by us as Higuain hit the post and could have scored another. Spurs began to grow into the game and Winks hit the post himself as Tottenham ended the 1st half as the better team. Chelsea though came out for a fight in the 2nd half and continued to dominate and that yielded results as Pedro gave us the lead in the 57th minute. Azpi delivered a through ball to Pedro down the right hand side and Pedro cut back to slot the ball in through Llors’s legs. It was a great goal by Pedro and it raised questions why he did not do that with a similar opportunity in the final. Chelsea continued to control the game and keep Spurs at bay. Trippier then added a 2nd for Chelsea with a comical own goal as he curled in a back pass past Lloris leaving the Spurs goalkeeper dumbfounded. Chelsea saw out the final minutes the fans were really happy the players really happy and Sarri also really happy.
Post-match Sarri said that selecting Caballero was a final lesson to Kepa and his players and stated that Kepa was still his 1st choice goalkeeper. Sarri stated that he felt that he had grown closer to his players in the past few weeks and he hoped that they could now go on a run of winning games. Sarri seems to have switched and tweaked his formation and players over the last few games and if he can continue to win games doing that then the fans should also return to his side or at least the ones that had left.
- Caballero – No shots to save but a calm and composed performance by him, he needed to play to so that he did not feel neglected.
- Azpilicueta – Not the greatest of starts but he grew into the game and provided the assist for Pedro. Zappacosta needs to play in the next few games so that Azpi can be given a rest.
- Rudiger – Another brilliant and solid performance at the back by Rudiger as he seems to be hitting form at the most important moment of the season.
- Luiz – Similar to Rudiger a solid performance once again, it will be interesting to see who is rested for Christensen or if both are rested in the coming games.
- Alonso – When his name was seen on the score sheet the Chelsea fan base as a whole must have groaned but the two games of rest seem to have done him good. A decent performance and no lapses in concentration as he provided a solid show at the back.
- Jorginho – A bit slow at times and not his best game although it was a good one. Jorginho’s best moments came in the defensive phase in this game and he should be rested on one of the next two games.
- Kante – Another blockbuster man of the match performance by Kante as he made it look like the Spurs midfield had played 120 minutes on Sunday.
- Kovacic – Great in the first half and good in the second, still does not provide the best outlet when it comes to attacking but defensively and distribution wise he was great.
- Pedro – A Barcelonaesque performance by Pedro with his class finish for the goal and his great overall play in the 2nd half. Pedro grew into the game and perhaps his best moment came when he tracked back to steal the ball from Son in the Chelsea box and dribbled past 3 Spurs players to take it away. Pure class.
- Higuain – Distributed the ball well and was unlucky to hit the post not a lot of service to him but a good performance none the less.
- Hazard – Made some classic Hazard runs but looked tired after putting in such a performance against City was subbed off for a rest at the 60th minute.
- Willian – Nothing of not in his cameo just ran a lot and pressed well for the final moments of the game.
- Loftus-Cheek – Came on for Kovacic and it was another good attacking cameo sprinkled with some defensive play as well.
- Giroud – Came on for Higuain and his knock down was the assist for Trippier’s brilliant goal.
Chelsea remain 6th in the table 3 points behind Arsenal, 2 point behind United with a game in hand on both. Spurs are just 7 points ahead of Chelsea in 3rd and if Arsenal beat them on Saturday they could find themselves well and truly in a top four battle. Chelsea next travel a very very short distance to play Fulham in a London Derby. Onwards and upwards, COME ON CHELSEA!!!