Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea

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It was another day to forget for Jose Mourinho and Spurs fans everywhere as the club fell to a 2-1 loss away to Chelsea in the Premier League.

Spurs did have the chance to go above Chelsea in the table, breaking into the top four for the first time under Mourinho, but they failed to take it.

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

The scoreline flattered Spurs – 

2-1 certainly does not tell the whole story today. Tottenham were never close to getting a result at Stamford Bridge and the Blues deserved to win by at least a two-goal margin.

Lo Celso lucky – 

The Argentine should have been sent off at least once today, but was saved by a VAR error. He was never able to settle into the match and perform at the levels we have been used to, which seemingly led to frustration from the midfield man.

We’ve got Dele?

While I understand the logic to dropping Alli and bringing him on as an impact substitute, why Mourinho waited until the 75th minute to do so I have no idea. Alli should have been sent on as soon as Chelsea netted the second.

Defence rebuild – 

I would argue that only one of two of those defenders in the starting back five today will be long-term starters, namely Sanchez and Tanganga. Vertonghen and Alderweireld both look over the hill and Davies is a squad player.

Top four race – 

Spurs had the chance to go fourth with a win, or at least keep pace with a draw. However, a loss puts them four behind Chelsea and opens the door for others to catch up on Spurs, or even overtake them.

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