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Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 1 Chelsea: 3 takeaways from the game | Premier League 2018-19

Suman Dey
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Spurs vs. Chelsea
Spurs vs. Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have a history of producing mouthwatering clashes over the years. Whenever these two sides meet, there is always an air of excitement leaving the fans involved until the final whistle. There was very little to separate between the two teams, and a win would take Pochettino's side above Chelsea in the table.

Tottenham Hotspur started the game on the front foot and deservedly got their reward when Dele Alli headed in from Eriksen's brilliant cross. It could have been double for Spurs within a matter of minutes, but Song couldn't control his shot. Maurizio Sarri's side were all over the place in the opening exchanges of the match.

It went from bad to worse for the Italian as Harry Kane doubled the lead for Tottenham from a long-range shot, leaving Kepa stranded on his lines. Pochettino's side dominated the half, with Sarri cutting a frustrated figure on the sidelines. Trailing by two goals, his team had a lot to do in the second half.

Spurs started the second half as they did in the first, and Son Heung-Min scored one of the best goals of the season. The lead should have increased were it not for Kane and Alli squandering glorious chances to heap further miseries on Chelsea.

Towards the end, substitute Giroud pulled one back for the Blues, but it was too late for a sensational comeback. The victory took Pochettino's side above Chelsea in third place in the Premier League.


#3 Enthralling display from Spurs

Harry Kane doubled the lead for Spurs in the first half
Harry Kane doubled the lead for Spurs in the first half

The international break often comes at an inopportune time with teams tend to take some time to get back to their usual flow. However, that was not the case for Tottenham Hotspur this evening. Mauricio Pochettino's side was quick to get out off the blocks and kept the pressure throughout the first 45 minutes of the game. 

It was the first time that all four of Eriksenn, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Song, started together and they completely bamboozled Chelsea's defense with their intricate passing and one-touch movements. The first breakthrough of the game came within the first 10 minutes through Dele Alli followed by a long ranger from Harry Kane to double the lead.

There were numerous instances in the first half were Spurs could have scored 4-5 goals with the number of chances they created but Kepa kept Chelsea in the game. However, Son Heung-min scored one of the best solo goals of the season in the second half to all but settle it for Tottenham.

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Suman Dey
ANALYST
A sports enthusiast and an avid follower of football. Since childhood I was encouraged to play cricket and in no time it became a hobby. Gradually I found interest in other sports also. Football is in my blood and I love the electrifying ambiance that surrounds it. I often watch the pre and post match analysis of a match and try to learn how to analyze a football game. The thing that intrigues me the most is that there are so many things happening behind the scenes that are oblivious to our naked eyes. The technological advancements that has been made are phenomenal. I like analyzing a game from a statistical point of view. Being a data guy myself , I am firm believer of providing insights through facts and data. Though a game is always unpredictable , analyzing it from different dimensions can provide some very interesting conclusions.
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