Spurs paid the price for a conservative first half falling to their second conservative league defeat against old foes Chelsea. To say the blues were on top in the first half would be an understatement. They were dominant on every aspect of play and deserve the goal albeit through a penalty. Dier had a rush of blood to the head and fouled Werner with no apparent danger. Jorginho did not use his hop skip jump routine for the spot kick and beat Lloris for pace who had guessed the right side. I get why Jose may have started pragmatically here. Having lost his last match at lowly Brighton and seen his old student Lampard getting the sack last week, he may have thought getting a result even a draw will probably have the critics lay off his team a bit.
It backfired on him. Only in the second half did Spurs start to press Chelsea high up the pitch. Ndombele started to influence the game physically as well as with his passing.Hudson-Odoi ,though he was subbed later on, gave Ben Davies a torrid time down the right flank especially in the first half. Vinicius and Son do not seem to have the understanding the South Korean has with Kane, the Brazilian particularly AWOL in that first half. In fact I counted only about 5 to 6 times he touched the ball the whole game. His best chance to score coming with 4 minutes to the end, his header from a Serge Aurier cross going wide of Mendy’s goal.If I was a Spurs fan I would be upset at the fact that my team had attacking talent such as Bale, Lamela,Moura on the bench in such a big game.