Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea

Antonio Conte
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Tottenham Hotspur continued their shocking form away to Chelsea this evening as they recorded a rather uninspiring 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Blues.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned:

Wake up call under Conte – Things had been going well for Conte in the Premier League, perhaps even suspiciously well, but his unbeaten run has come to an end. Hopefully, this will serve as a wake-up call to the players, fans, and the board that there is still a whole lot of work to be done before Spurs are anywhere close to the likes of Chelsea.

Standard of refereeing – Did Spurs really deserve anything out of the game? Not really. But Conte set up to defend with his depleted squad and hit Chelsea against the run of play. Just before half-time, they did exactly that and went 1-0 up, only for some shocking refereeing to give a foul against Kane in the build-up. We have VAR, yet we are still getting shockers like this. There needs to be a big refereeing reform in this country and refs need to be interviewed after games, in my opinion.

A good foundation for the international break – It would have been ideal for Spurs to scrape a point or three out of this game, but we must remember things will get better after the international break. The current players will recover from their knocks. Romero and Son will return from injury. Hopefully, there will be one or two new players in the squad. And Conte will have more time to work with the team. Onwards and upwards.

Tanganga really struggling – I am a big fan of Tanganga but he needs a loan away from the club to give him regular game time and rebuild his confidence. In the past month, there has been a string of errors leading directly to goals and Spurs can’t afford for that to continue. He is young and has a lot to learn, but he needs to do that in the right environment, like Skipp at Norwich last season.

Bergwijn the bright spark – Following on where he left off against Leicester City, Bergwijn was the brightest spark in a dull Tottenham performance today. He led the line well and presented Spurs’ biggest attacking threat on the break. He showed pace, power, trickery and a whole lot of fight. He tailed off towards the end of the game as 90 minutes have been hard to come by for him of late, but he is starting to look really exciting for Tottenham.

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