|DATE||Sunday 29th November 2015|
|VENUE||White Hart Lane|
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|PREDICTION||Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 2|
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Sunday 29th November 2015
White Hart Lane
Kick off 12:00
Rose (foul on Hazard) 32
Kane (foul on Willian) 40
Walker (foul on Azpilicueta) 45+1
Vertonghen (foul on Hazard) 53
Matic (foul on Eriksen) 59
Azpilicueta (foul on Dembele) 90+5
|Crowd : 35,639||Weather : Chilly, light rain|
|Referee : Michael Oliver (Northumberland)||Assistant Referees : Mr. S. Burt; Mr. G. Beswick|
|Fourth Official : Andre Marriner||-|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Paxton Road end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 5 minutes.|
|Tottenham Hotspur :||kit||Chelsea :||kit|
Heung-Min SON (14
Clinton N'JIE 75)
10 Harry KANE
|Manager : Mauricio Pochettino||Manager : Jose Mourinho|
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WIth a long trip back from EUropa League duty, Spurs received little sympathy from Jose Mourinho, who said this was Chelsea's best performance of the season in earning a drab 0-0 draw. They are in for a hard time of it if this is the best they can do..
Spurs made changes from
their game against Qarabag and lined up for the start with Mousa
Dembele, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose installed in their normal
positions. Ryan Mason retained his place with Dele Alli being
suspended. Chelsea left Diego Costa on the bench. With
Chelsea lying low in the table following their abysmal start to the
season, Jose Mourinho decided to play this match without s
recognised centre-forward and to pack the midfield to neutralise the
space available to Spurs to play in. Once the match got underway,.
It was obvious that the tactics the “No Longer Special One” employed
were nothing more than playing with a “false nine” in Hazard and
then getting two lines of four back behind the ball as soon as
Tottenham took possession. I think it is the expression “Parking the
bus” as the Chelsea manager uses it.
Just after the hour both teams had chances. Lamela took a pass from Son and lifted the ball over the Chelsea defence for the Korean to volley at goal, but he scooped it and Begovic took it above his head. A better connection and keeping it closer to the ground would have forced the keeper into more drastic action. A couple of minutes later, Chelsea had a break with a right wing cross that found Walker having two men on him at the far post. The ball cleared him and coming in behind the right back, Hazard volleyed at goal from a very narrow angle, bringing a dive by Hugo to turn the ball away for a corner.
With an overhead attempt from Kane near the end, the game fizzled out, apart from Costa's bib incident. Chelsea were determined not to suffer the same fate as New Year's Day and Spurs were not playing at their usual tempo, so neither side probably got anything more than they deserved out of the match. The visitors were not a fluid, attacking unit and there was little cohesion in their play. They were looking a very 15th placed side and Tottenham will need to learn how to break down sides who come to defend.
This was the last of three London derbies and to get through them unbeaten and with five points was a good outcome. Perhaps Spurs are drawing a few too many games at the moment. A win and a loss are better than two draws in terms of points, but the confidence of the unbeaten run (now 13 games and a new club record in the Premier League) will continue to breed belief in the system Pochettino is instilling in the team.
Chelsea are named after
the abbreviated form of their early seaside training location of
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|Other scores during this week :|
|Crystal Palace||5||Newcastle United||1||Saturday|
|Leicester City||1||Manchester United||1||Saturday|
|West Ham United||1||West Bromwich Albion||1||Sunday|
|8||West Ham United||14||6||4||4||25||19||22||+6|
|13||West Bromwich Albion||14||5||3||6||13||19||18||-6|
Position before match :
Position after match : 5th
Position after the weekend : 5th
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