Tottenham Hotspur ended Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season as they secured a comfortable 3-1 triumph in the Premier League on Saturday evening. Maurizio Sarri’s side had come into the Wembley clash in the better shape with no major injury concerns but they were simply outclassed by their cross-town rivals, who were exceptional with their movement in the attack front. Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min found the scoresheet for the hosts whilst Olivier Giroud came up with the sole consolation for the Blues off the bench.
Two things we learned:
Spurs’ recent dominance over Chelsea: A Spurs victory over Chelsea has been pretty much a rarity in the Premier League era but that term could now be stripped off with the north Londoners picking up back-to-back triumphs over their close neighbours. Maurizio Pochettino’s team ended a 28-year wait for a win at Stamford Bridge with a 3-1 triumph earlier in the year and they managed to secure the same scoreline at the Wembley Stadium, although they were much fluid in the attacking department. The victory has witnessed Spurs jump two points and one position above the Blues in to the third spot.
Chelsea exposed at the back: Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has regularly highlighted his team’s tendency to start games in a slow fashion and this was the case at the Wembley. However, with an attack-minded team in the form of Spurs and they were exposed right from the start with defensive mistakes and both Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz were positionally outwitted on a number of occasions. Moreover, the Blues also struggled to dominate the midfield proceedings with Jorginho having an off-day where Alli and Son regularly doubled on him to significantly reduce his influence.
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