COMPETITION Premier League 
DATE Saturday 26th November 2016
VENUE Stamford Bridge
PREVIEW No preview prepared.
PREDICTION Chelsea    1        Tottenham Hotspur    0
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Chelsea TEAM NEWS :
John Terry (thigh) is missing, but Willian should be available. 
Danny Rose (suspension - one match), Toby ALderweirled (knee), Ben Davies (ankle) and Erik Lamela (hip) are all out of the game at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea  2 (1)  

Premier League
Saturday 26th November 2016
Stamford Bridge
Tottenham Hotspur  1 (1)

Kick off 17:30
Pedro 44m 15s
Moses 50m 54s
Eriksen 10m 20s
Luiz (foul on Kane)  18 
WIllian  (foul on Winks)  85


Dembele (foul on Moses)  26


Crowd :   41,513 Weather :  Chilly
Referee : Michael Oliver (Northumberland) Assistant Referees :  Mr. D. Beswick; Mr. S. Burt
Fourth Official :  Robert Madley  
Chelsea kicked off and played towards the Shed end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 4 minutes.
Chelsea : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
13  Thibaut COURTOIS

24  Gary CAHILL (c)
30  David LUIZ     

  3  Marcus ALONSO
  Nemanja MATIC
15  Victor MOSES   (  3  Branislav IVANOVIC  81

10  Eden HAZARD  (22  WILLIAN  77     
11  PEDRO    (  8  Oscar  83)
19  Diego COSTA

Unused subs: 
  1  Asmir BEGOVIC
  4  Cesc FABREGAS
29  Nathan CHALOBAH

    1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

  2  Kyle WALKER
27  Kevin WIMMER

12  Victor WANYAMA
19  Mousa DEMBELE       (  9  Vincent JANSSEN  83)

  7  Heung-Min SON  (28  Harry WINKS  65)
20  DELE Alli  (14  Georges-Kevin N'KOUDOU  73)
Christian ERIKSEN 

10  Harry KANE

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM

16  Kieran TRIPPIER
25  Josh ONOMAH

Manager :   Antonio Conte Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   Yokohama Tyres Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  adidas Kit Supplier :   Under Armour
Match report

Tottenham left Stamford Bridge with nothing and while that was nothing new, their dominance of the first half showed that they are not that far away from becoming one of the regulars at the top of the table.  Chelsea, for all their unbeaten run, looked poor in the first time and a well taken equaliser just before the break let them back into a game that they should have not been in with a chance of.

Spurs went into the game without two first choice left backs and had to slot in Kevin Wimmer in that position, while Chelsea played the same side for the sixth consecutive time.  The absentees in defence might not have cost Tottenham the game, but not being at full strength is a problem for us at the moment.

Looking to make a quick start, Chelsea kicked off and played the ball long, but Vertonghen dealt with it. Five minutes in, Kane had a goal disallowed, when an Eriksen free-kick floated over two blue shirts and Harry chested the ball own and poked it home form a couple of yards out, but was offside. As Chelsea panicked at the back, Dier was also presented with a free-kick, which he curled just over the bar.

Spurs worked the ball from halfway when Dembele gave Dele Alli the chance to run forward. Luiz was more intent in running into Alli, but he nudged the ball to Christian Eriksen, who thundered a shot past Courtois from 19 yards. It was a fine shot and was the result of Tottenham dominating play, while Chelsea had looked to hit Costa early with long balls, which he was eased off quite easily, much to the striker's disgust. He wanted a free kick every time.

In contrast, it was Spurs who were picking up the free-kicks as Chelsea fouled on a regular basis. Spurs were still working the ball well and his combination with Dembele on the edge of the box saw the Kenyan fire a shot over the bar from 20 yards out. Chelsea tested Hugo Lloris just before the half hour, David Luiz hitting a free-kick over the wall, but it was taken low down quite comfortably. Straight up the other end, Walker took the ball over Alonso's head and forced Courtois to a save at his near post, with Dier winning the corner in the air, but he couldn't get any power behind it. After another minute, Kane ran across the face of the area and despite being bumped by defenders powered a shot in that the keeper had to fist over the bar.

The Chelsea crowd were getting annoyed with their players, who seemed disinclined to close players down, to play with any intensity and to play backwards instead of forwards. After Kante has cynically pulled back Dembele's shirt without a booking (even though it was right in front of the referee), Mousa was knocked off the ball, Matic played it to Pedro, who turned inside and curled the ball around Eric Dier and beat Lloris just inside his left hand post. It was entirely out of character with Chelsea's play in the first half, but they ended up going in at half-time all square.

So, Tottenham had to start all over again, kicking off the second half. Kante had an early shot straight at Hugo, before Azpilicueta had a couple of kicks at Son, who was lying on the ground. Chelsea took the lead six minutes into the half when Costa went down the left, unchallenged and pulled a low ball across the box to a totally unmarked Moses, whose low shot hit Lloris' foot and went in off Vertonghen on the line. It was cruel on Tottenham, but they should have challenged Costa before he got into a dangerous position.

Two minutes later, Costa did the same from the right and luckily it went to Alonso on the penalty spot, who leaned back and saw his shot rise way over the goal. Chelsea were suddenly playing with confidence and Moses' floated cross from the right almost picked out a stretching Costa. Dembele was getting caught in possession in midfield and Chelsea were pushing Spurs back as they moved the ball wide.

Working the ball forward, Tottenham did win a couple of corners, but nothing came of them. Spurs were unable to work the ball as well as they did in the first half, with players being too heavy with their first touch and also being guilty of playing in too tight spaces. When Kane did get away on the left having been presented with the ball by Luiz, he dinked the ball back for Eriksen to volley at goal, but the ball came too close to him to get a decent shot off.

Harry Winks came on to replace Son, with a change in formation for Alli to come wide and Dembele to move forward. The switch didn't help, as Chelsea had space to pass the ball across the pitch and the only time Spurs got away in this period Alli was offside. Pochettino tried something different with Kevin-Georges N'Koudou coming on for Alli, hoping to add a bit of pace and width to the side.

It didn't work, as Chelsea had it too comfortable in midfield, with Spurs not closing down as they did in the first half. N'Koudou did link well with Dembele on the left to win a corner, but Costa won the ball in and was lucky as it went back towards Courtois in the air. Eriksen picked out Kane in the box in the 83rd minute, but it was nicked off him for a corner. Janssen came on as the corner was about to be taken, but it was cleared away, while a free-kick soon after saw Matic pulling Vertonghen's shirt in the box.

Kevin-Georges took on Ivanovic and Azpilicueta with great skill before hitting a shot at Courtois at the near post. Spurs moved forward when Wanyama went through three challenges, although the move came to an end when KG's cross picked Victor out, but he couldn't control it. Willian fired over from 12 yards out, then Winks raced back to cut out a square ball from Costa heading for Oscar.

So, Tottenham lost their first game of the season and on the second half performance, that was probably the right result, but they should not have conceded in the first half and a lead at the interval would have given them a psychological advantage. I don't think that this loss was about mentality, but about carrying through their belief in the way they were playing. Courtois was barely tested in the second half, which is when Tottenham usually come on strong. The worry, once again, was out inability to finish teams off. We had almost double the shots Chelsea had in the first half, but we need to work keepers more to force a mistake out of them and there was a lack of movement, as players faded from the game, allowing Chelsea the space to stretch the play.

The home side are on a roll at the moment and it was a test without our injured players anyway, but there ended up not a lot between the teams, but once more, Spurs fall at the Bridge.

Tony Michaelson




Chelsea were once all-at-sea, when on an early overseas tour to South Africa, they were booked as the ship's entertainment, leaving a lot of dissatisfied shipmates.


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Other scores during this week :
Hull City 1 West Bromwich Albion 1 Saturday
Leicester City 2 Middlesbrough 2 Saturday
Liverpool 2 Sunderland 0 Saturday
Burnley 1 Manchester City 2 Saturday
Swansea City 5 Crystal Palace 4 Saturday
Manchester United 1 West Ham United London 1 Sunday
Southampton 1 Everton 0 Sunday
Watford 0 Stoke City 1 Sunday
Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 1 Sunday



League Table  2016-17
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 13 10 1 2 29 10 31 +19
2 Liverpool 13 9 3 1 32 13 30 +19
3 Manchester City 13 8 3 1 29 12 30 +17
4 Arsenal 13 8 4 1 28 13 28 +15
5 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 13 6 6 1 19 10 24 +9
6 Manchester United 13 5 5 3 18 15 20 +3
7 Everton 13 5 5 4 16 15 19 +1
8 West Bromwich Albion 13 4 5 4 17 16 17 +1
9 Southampton 13 4 5 4 13 12 17 +1
10 Stoke City 13 4 4 5 14 19 16 -5
11 Watford 13 5 3 5 17 21 15 -4
12 Bournemouth 13 4 3 6 15 19 15 -4
13 Burnley 13 4 2 7 12 21 14 -9
14 Leicester City 13 3 4 6 16 22 13 -6
15 Middlesbrough 13 2 6 5 12 15 12 -3
16 West Ham United London 13 3 3 7 14 24 12 -10
17 Crystal Palace 13 3 2 8 21 26 11 -5
18 Hull City 13 3 2 8 11 28 11 -17
19 Swansea City 13 2 3 8 16 26 9 -10
20 Sunderland 13 2 2 9 12 23 8 -11


Position before match :  5th
Position after match :  5th
Position after the weekend :  5th


* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.


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