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16 Conclusions: Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

16 Conclusions: Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham
Date published: Sunday 29th November 2020 8:47 Jose Mourinho ought to be fairly happy with that… 1) “Tottenham might as well have put the team bus in front of their goal. Sometimes when you are a big club, a very small club comes to your stadium. Tottenham got a point they shouldn’t. “We wanted to…

Date published: Sunday 29 th November 2020 8: 47



Jose Mourinho should be relatively pleased with that …

1) “Tottenham may as well have actually put the team bus in front of their goal.

” We wanted to play. They didn’t. We wanted to score. They didn’t. Every time they just kicked the ball away. It is irritating for me, my gamers, for every single Chelsea advocate and for each football supporter. Because individuals do not pay to see one group play and the other group falling down, demanding to see the medical department.

” We finished with all our strikers on. You don’t complete with so many attackers on if the other team are also trying to win it.

It is amusing how things work out. Tottenham, on this celebration, got a point they most likely just about warranted. But what would Jose Mourinho of 2004 have made of his 2020 equivalent, who ended this specific 0-0 at Stamford Bridge with the spectre of Harry Kane on the pitch however Heung-min Child, Steven Bergwijn and Tanguy Ndombele all got rid of, while Chelsea changed three forwards like-for-like?

His message is just ever constructed to suit the side of the fence he fits on at that point, of course.

2) Mourinho will and need to be pleased, remarkable mid-2000 s facetiousness aside. Tottenham went to a team that had actually won its previous six video games, scoring a minimum of two times in each, whose only house defeat in any competitors because football’s return came at the hands of the enforcing champs. Chelsea were mainly restricted to taken possibilities, their finest chances not being any of their 13 shots but instead those Reece James crosses that checked the structural integrity of Tammy Abraham’s hairstyle.

He would have preferred Tottenham to develop more. Their swan song was in the 30 th minute and Edouard Mendy’s just conserve was from a Serge Aurier effort outside package in the 15 th. However a tidy sheet away at a direct rival is his lifeline and 4 points from matches against Manchester City and Chelsea in the space of 8 days with a commanding Europa League victory in between is exceptional.

3) This was an ideal example of why he approaches every such game like this. The 7 principles he still holds for larger video games, as detailed by The Guardian, include:

1. The video game is won by the team who commit fewer mistakes.


2. Football favours whoever provokes more mistakes in the opposition.


3. Away from home, instead of trying to be exceptional to the opposition, it’s much better to encourage their mistakes.


4. Whoever has the ball is most likely to slip up.


5. Whoever renounces ownership decreases the possibility of slipping up.


6. Whoever has the ball has fear.


7. Whoever does not have it is thereby more powerful.

Had Lucas Moura capitalised on Kurt Zouma’s slack pass in stoppage-time, those 7 points would have explained the game succinctly.

4) Frank Lampard has plenty of cause for hushed celebration.

Chelsea have now drawn succeeding Big 6 games 0-0 in laughably contrasting manners. They had more than twice as numerous shots here as they did at Old Trafford in October, changing relatively effortlessly between a side delighted to safeguard and one leading the attacks. Mourinho played for the draw– whatever he firmly insists— and Lampard appeared delighted adequate to play along.

5) The question then is what he could have done in a different way to impact an outcome his contemporary plainly wanted. Olivier Giroud would have feasted on crosses that Eric Dier and Joe Rodon managed to protect by not really safeguarding, while Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz were offered no genuine time to make an effect.

It is, of course, rather simplistic to criticise a supervisor’s replacements after a 0-0 draw at home. If any of the 3 gamers Lampard caused had scored it would have been labelled a masterstroke. It’s just that none were truly offered much time to do what was asked of them and Chelsea didn’t actually change their approach to suit them.

Look, I think if individuals wish to critique when Lampard made subs this video game, sure, absolutely reasonable, but to be fair to him you do have to keep in mind Chelsea were definitely the much better team for the majority of the second half, had chances they ‘d normally score, and Spurs had 0.00 xG that half.

— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) November 29, 2020

6) A word for Rodon, the most recent recipient of his supervisor’s unusual fondness for blooding young centre-halves in crucial video games when concentration in defence is essential. The Welshman did Tomas Kalas, Japhet Tanganga and Mourinho happy with a strong adequate offering.

It was not without fault. One occurrence in the 11 th minute saw him caught on the halfway line by Abraham, resulting in Werner scoring a narrowly offside objective.

7) The suspicion was that Chelsea would take the initiative but leave themselves vulnerable to being captured on the counter regularly than Orville Richard Burrell protesting his spousal fidelity. Evidence showed up after little bit more than 10 minutes when Tottenham turned defence into an abrupt break through Son, Ndombele, Bergwijn, Sergio Reguilon and Kane, resulting in Bergwijn curling an effort over from a good position.

Yet that was among few minutes Tottenham genuinely pierced through Chelsea with among their trademark counter-attacks. Another opportunity emerged right before the half-hour mark as Bergwijn integrated with Kane and Kid again however that also died at the Dutchman’s feet. The Blues deserve credit for putting coal out across the pitch, not least chief firefighter Kante. That asterisk that was placed versus Chelsea’s recent protective enhancement with concerns to the requirement of opposition can be eliminated. They look incredibly balanced and resolute.

8) Much of that will be put down to Mendy and Thiago Silva, justifiably so.

No longer needs to the Frenchman fill anybody with worry After two titles, a relegation and one project next to Michael Keane, the rollercoaster that has been Zouma’s Premier League profession might have gotten in a rather boringly consistent peak. Even if that stoppage-time pass to Lucas Moura represented a whiplash-inducing dip.

9) The star of the first half was unquestionably Ndombele, whose impact had actually unfortunately diminished by the point of his scheduled removal for Giovani Lo Celso on the hour. The difference in Tottenham’s efficiency levels prior to and after half-time can be roughly matched against his degree of physical fitness: at 100%he was important in breaking the press and beating a number of gamers at once before splitting the lines with a fast pass, but as Ndombele laboured, Tottenham seriously struggled to advance and were penned in with worrying regularity.

At one stage he danced away from Kante and Abraham on the midway line and played Bergwijn in to win a corner on the.

That turn from Ndombele. pic.twitter.com/xzE3WcSREo

— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) November 29, 2020

10) None of his teammates produced anything quite as coherent all video game. Kane and Child had by far their worst performances in some time, both isolated and not able to combine at any point aside from a minute on the half-hour when Kante obstructed a tried one-two on the edge of the area. Bergwijn was likewise completely disappointing and while the absence of Gareth Bale was reasonable, the mind inevitably lingered to how the Chelsea full-backs may have responded to having to defend. They may have keeled over with shock.

11) At the other end of that specific scale, Ziyech had plenty of the ball but was so bad, while Werner discovered himself one-on-one versus Aurier on a single occasion: his offside objective. Why Chelsea did not go back to that well is a secret.

Then there was Abraham, he of 4 off-target shots and eight passes in 78 minutes. There were flashes of inspiration– when he exposed Rodon and dropped deep to combine well with Werner– but everything collapsed in front of objective. In the first 5 minutes of the second half James whipped in 2 mind-blowing crosses on the charge area yet Abraham contrived to get in touch with neither. He is plainly a good player with a future at Chelsea, it’s just that he does not have that last bit of composure and nuance.

12) Mount is the Chelsea academy item, in addition to James, who has an undoubted first-team future. He provides something of whatever: drive and dribbling; one-touch passing and wonderful diagonals; perseverance in the take on. The 21- year-old was possibly the only player to bypass both Pierre-Emile Hojgbjerg and Moussa Sissoko in one relocation, averting both before curling over in the very first half.

The shot with 10 minutes to play that required a great save from Lloris remained in total contrast with Lampard’s post-match assertion that it is pointless trying to play through the middle of this Tottenham group. Mount might have made much more of the central space outside Tottenham’s location and versus a low block if Chelsea focused there a little more.

13) What animals need to be sacrificed for Ndombele and Lo Celso to play in the very same team and bring back stability to 2020? I’m more than pleased to sort it.

14) Serge bloody Aurier, then. As remarkable as the Mourinho restoration task with Ndombele has actually been, couple of ever questioned there was a talent there to work with and coax out into the mould pre-fit for him. The same could not be stated of Aurier, who has looked beyond saving at various points of his Tottenham career.

Dier and Reguilon were likewise great and worthy of mention but for Aurier to slot into a defence that was supposed to accommodate Matt Doherty is little short of a real wonder, thinking about the gamer he as soon as was. His supervisor need not be “afraid” for at least another week.

Gary Neville is absolutely certain that Serge Aurier is Tanguy Ndombele.

— Football365(@F365) November 29, 2020

15) Any paper giving Kane higher than a 5/10 ought to be disbanded. There will be no more questions.

16) Chelsea are now on their longest unbeaten Premier League run since November2018 For Tottenham, their best such series given that April of that year. Since they both drew 3-3 on the weekend of October 17, each side has kept 4 tidy sheets and yielded only one objective, while making excellent development in Europe.

You can see why Lampard and Mourinho approached the meeting in this manner; it still feels as though one card falling might bring the entire house down, so any threat here outweighed the possible reward. However credit to these supervisors for developing stable structures in the most difficult of circumstances and unlikeliest of settings. Chelsea and Tottenham both being at the same time reasonable will never feel.

Matt Stead

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