Tottenham produced a stunning performance of high energy and great intensity to power past Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side delivered a huge performance to storm through their London rivals at Wembley. Spurs took the game to Chelsea from the outset of the match, squeezing the spaces in the middle of the park to limit the visitors’ chances of getting a foothold in the game.
Strikes from Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min sealed the three points for Spurs, but their all-round team performance was beyond any individual performance as a decisive factor at Wembley.
Here is a list of four things we learned as Tottenham delivered a strong statement in their 3-1 win over top four rivals Chelsea on Saturday…
1. Tottenham’s Decisive Fast Start
From the early stages of the game, it became clear that Tottenham would outmatch the physicality, intensity and purpose of Chelsea on Saturday.
Spurs pressed their opponents from the outset, giving the visitors little chance to put passes together in the middle of the park and find their way in the match. Pochettino’s side were sharp, aggressive and direct from the early stages.
That approach forced Chelsea onto the back foot from early on at Wembley, prompting the visitors to pass backwards and make mistakes at the back. Tottenham were 2-0 up within the first 15 minutes and the result never looked in doubt from that point on.
2. Stopping Jorginho Stops Chelsea
A key part of what made Tottenham’s performance so impressive and their victory so comfortable at Wembley was their approach to stopping Chelsea from playing in the central areas.
The Blues’ tight midfield trio has become a key asset under Maurizio Sarri this term, with Jorginho in particular of great influence in making his side tick from the hub of midfield.
Spurs gave Chelsea no such opportunity to thrive in playing their game on Saturday, as Pochettino’s men used all of their power and energy to close down the space in the middle and restrict the Blues’ time and licence to play. With Jorginho unable to dictate, Chelsea ran out of ideas.
3. Moussa Sissoko Continues to Impress
Little was expected of the Frenchman ahead of this season, but Moussa Sissoko has emerged from the periphery to become a key man under Mauricio Pochettino for Tottenham this season.
Sissoko was key to his side’s high-energy and intensity in their performance on Saturday, providing much of the power and dynamism in the middle of the park which enabled Spurs to drive forward with force and cover the ground to stop Chelsea from playing.
The 29-year-old delivered an industrious, disciplined and technically assured display against a Chelsea midfield which had been widely expected to dominate in the middle of the park. Sissoko’s drive and energy was a decisive factor at Wembley.
4. London Superiority Is Up in the Air
Ahead of Saturday’s game, it would have been difficult to predict a winner between the two sides. Chelsea went into the clash in superior form and above Tottenham in the Premier League, with an unbeaten start to the campaign still intact.
However, Tottenham have developed a knack of producing strong performances against the big teams, not least their London rivals, in home games.
Chelsea’s strong start to the season under Maurizio Sarri seemed to clearly mark the Blues as the strongest side in London at present, with a new philosophy and more expressive playing style having reinvigorated Chelsea. However, the comfortable nature of Tottenham’s impressive win over the Blues has thrown the battle for London’s bragging rights back up in the air.