Chelsea vs Tottenham: Post-match Reactions

The roar of the crowd and the stunned face of Hugo Lloris is on a continuous loop for Chelsea fans. The relieving sound of the swoosh of the net gave Chelsea fans something to celebrate and with it a key victory against our London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. The win has eased our worries for the time being. A masterful curler from Hakim Ziyech opened up the scoring and it all came from a wonderful build-up down our left-wing channel.

Before the game, Chelsea was in desperate need of a win after countless draws in the league. After being top of the league for some time, Chelsea was strongly considered title contenders by the media, labeling them as favorites alongside Manchester City and Liverpool. Despite the denial from our head coach, Thomas Tuchel, the media press insisted that Chelsea would challenge Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. However, Tuchel and most fans knew that wasn’t the case. We clearly lacked depth in several positions despite the loaded roster and our heavy fall to injuries exposed that. Nevertheless, Chelsea has had to resort to tactical flexibility due to injuries and COVID cases which severely hampered our performances and results. This victory at the Bridge has given us something to look forward especially with the awaited returns of key players. let us break down a brief summary of the match before sharing our post-match reactions. 

The Wizard of Stamford Bridge: Ziyech celebrates with his teammates after his delightful curler that opened the scoring against Tottenham. Credit | Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images
The Wizard of Stamford Bridge: Ziyech celebrates with his teammates after his delightful curler that opened the scoring against Tottenham. Credit | Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

Brief Summary

The heavy toll our absent center-backs gave Thomas Tuchel several headaches in the past month resorting to tinkering our formations week after week. After a humbling draw against an energetic and hungry Brighton, Chelsea mounted another change in formation. This time in what looked like a 3 man midfield, both Kovačić and Mount occupied the half-spaces behind Lukkau and ahead of Jorginho. For a good period, the Blues were in control of the match, pinning Tottenham deep in their half. both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount helped Chelsea in their offensive build-up by overloading the wings with several Chelsea players making off-the-ball runs. A half-scare occurred shortly before the break as a harry Kane goal was denied by VAR due to a shove by the English striker on Thiago Silva. 

In the second half, nothing really changed as Chelsea continued their pressure on the north London club pinning Antonio Conte’s side with our wide overloads. After Callum was able to skillfully get past Tanganga, he relayed the ball across to Hakim Ziyech who was lurking outside the opponent’s box. The Moroccan gathered the ball with a slight touch with his left and then proceeded to leave the fans in blissful disarray by leaving Hugo Lloris in his feet. The curl of the shot originally left the impression that it might’ve been hit too hard but at the very last second, the ball dipped towards the net. The second goal occurred 12 minutes after a silly foul by Eric Dier gave Chelsea a free-kick at the left-wing channel. Mason assisted Thiago Silva as the Brazilian was able to score off the set-piece between two white-shirts. During the remainder of the game, Tottenham created several chances to attack but it was to no avail as they ended up scoreless once again. This marks their fourth goalless encounter against the Blues. The victory also gives Chelsea some breathing space from 4th and fans a relieving feeling as we head towards the league’s winter break, WIthout further-ado, let us share some of our post-match reactions from our writers. 

Post-match Reactions: Chelsea vs Tottenham

Chelsea Extra (@CFCExtra)

This was the perfect match for us ahead of the winter break. It was an all-around excellent performance and puts us firmly back as top four favourites. Get in Chelsea! I think it also showed how far off Tottenham are from being a serious threat. Yes, they have caught up well and are putting some good results together but there is no comparison between the two sides. We’ve dismantled them three times in a row now, with three different systems and it’s been comfortable each time. The obvious man of the match was Hakim Ziyech. He put in the kind of performance that we bought him for and looked a much better player the right side of our new 4-3-3 system. I thought the way we played got more out of him and Lukaku and could be a really viable solution for the rest of the season. Anyways, now we can relax and recharge. The team needs a rest and now they can get one. Hopefully after the winter break, we will come back a different team and be ready to compete for all trophies. COYB!

Rey (Rey_Blues30)

WHAT A WIN! A much needed victory especially after our ghastly results in the league over the last month. In what can only seem like a deserved win. Chelsea was far from their best but Tottenham’s lack of answers for our tactical output gave us the edge once again. Ziyech, wow, just wow. Easily, his best game as a Blues surpassing his performacne against Burnley from the previous season. Deploying Ziyech in his favored RW position proved why he has been misutilized. Hudson-Odoi was effective down the left wing alongside Mason Mount who helped overlaod the right flanks. A solid perfoamcne all around from the team and another defeat for the Spurs! UP THE CHELS!

Dan (@idanknow05)

A first win in five Premier League games will come as welcome relief for German head coach Thomas Tuchel. More so than that, it is the manner of the win – dominant, unflattered and seemingly patient, at ease and confident – that will please Tuchel and Chelsea fans most. Since early December, Chelsea have toiled tirelessly as game after game and injury after injury came thick and fast.

This was a performance not without its flaws, though, as were it not for an impudent push on Thiago Silva, Tottenham may have taken the lead. Similarly, record signing Romelu Lukaku looked rusty and seemingly left his shooting boots at home as not one but multiple chances went his way without the right finish being applied.

Still, the positives clearly outweighed the negatives. Hakim Ziyech was at his magical best. Mason Mount looked in great touch, embodied by a classic assist for Thiago Silva from a free kick and a trademark ball win high up the pitch on Harry Winks that could have resulted in a chance for Lukaku. Thiago Silva, as always, was imperious and led the way from the back.

A game in which Chelsea looked more like themselves, it cannot be overstated how key this result was in dealing a blow to a potential top four rival. With just under four weeks until Chelsea play again, the chance is there for the club to get some players back fit and firing before the pressure cooker of the Premier League dials itself up a notch again.

Superb result, sensational strike from Ziyech and a customary three points against Tottenham to take into the winter break. A Chelsea fan smiling from ear to ear here. Up the Chels!

Vik (@CFCVik)

It was a great game. Atmosphere was brilliant, the players looked like they benefitted from that couple days off.

Spurs at home is pretty much always 3 guaranteed points but the way we played was what caught my eye. Back 4 which meant Ziyech could play out wide on right and he orchestrated the game.

The goal he scored was incredible but it was his overall game that really caught me. He looks more comfortable when he plays out wide. He has options where he can play the fullback in with overlap or whip in a cross.

The team performance was solid. Defensively, we were good. We got caught out a few times but Kepa made a great save when he was called up upon. Spurs didn’t really offer much and it was another one of those games where we just needed to turn up and get the 3 points, which we did. Will be interesting to see what Tuchel does with the system onwards. Whether he changes depending on opposition or goes with a certain formation.

3 points, great atmosphere and an entertaining game.

Harrison (@IndepthFandC)

Heading into this game, despite recent form, confidence was high amongst fans considering our recent record against our opponents, Tottenham, and in the end that confidence proved to be right feeling. With no league game for close to a month, this was the perfect way to sign off before Chelsea embarks on their mission to win their first ever Club World Cup.

Much like Tuesday night against Brighton, a Hakim Ziyech moment of magic got the ball rolling early into the second half before Thiago Silva continued his goal scoring streak against the club’s London rivals. From then on till the end, it was a comfortable early evening’s work for the Blues and after a slightly turgid first half, it will bring them a lot of confidence going into the Premier League’s winter break. The definition of a job very well done.

Written by Rey Stevinho (@Rey_Blues30) with help from Chelsea Extra, Vik, Harrison & Dan

Edited by Dan Hill

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