Tottenham Hotspur ended Chelsea unbeaten runs in thirteen Premier League matches when they beat the league leader by two goals to nothing at White Hart lane. The defeat now puts the points between Chelsea and second-placed Liverpool at five.
Mauricio Pochettino, just like his Everton and Manchester City counterparts, set his team to play a 5.2.3 formation, a tactical formation Chelsea have made its favourite in its last thirteen league match victories.
Tottenham scored their two goals of the match from skillfully executed headers from Dele Alli.And whether it was by design or by mere coincidence; Christian Erikson gave the assist for the two goals.
In the fourth minute of the match Chelsea had a chance to score the opening goal of the encounter when Eden Hazard beat Tottenham off-side trap to place himself in a one-on-one situation with Hugo Loris, but his final shot missed the post narrowly.
Tottenham’s first chance of the game came in the ninth minute when Musa Dembele waltzed through a defensive tangle of legs inside Chelsea’s penalty box, but the pass he eventually sent to Harry Kane was comfortably intercepted by Thibault Courtois.
The pair of Kyle Walker and Danny Rose was able to curtail the attacking runs of Victor Moses and Marco Alonzo from the flanks. The use of wing backs which has been so efficient in Chelsea’s games against other opponents was effectively rendered useless by Pochettino employment of a similar tactics against the Blues.
The two teams nullified their attacking play for a long spell during the match. Tottenham pair of Wanyama and Dembele successfully prevented Ngolo Kante and Nemanja Matic from feeding passes to their lethal strike force ahead of them on the pitch.
Chelsea threatening attacking play in the first five minutes of the second half was masterfully dealt with by the well-organized defensive play of the home team.
The introduction of Csec Fabregas, Willian and Mitchu Bathsuayi did not produced the necessary goals, as Tottenham kept their watch on a possible counter-attacking play from Chelsea, a ploy with which the league leader have dismantled other teams.
Even with the defeat at White Hart Lane, Chelsea still remains at the summit of the league table, but what is left to be seen is how Antonio Conte will react to this recent loss which has prevented his team from extending its lead on the table with greater points.