The worrying stat that shows how poor Spurs were against Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Chelsea overcame Tottenham 2-0 at Stamford Bridge today to consign the Lilywhites to their second Premier League defeat in the space of four days.

The result effectively puts Tottenham out of the title race as both Manchester City and Liverpool won their respective games against Watford and West Ham.

Defeat at to Chelsea also puts Spurs in a precarious position in the race to finish in the top four with Tottenham’s lead over their North London rivals Arsenal could be cut down to just one point if Arsenal do the unthinkable and beat Spurs at Wembley this weekend.

Pochettino made four changes to the side that lost at Burnley, bringing in the likes of Trippier, Davies, Sanchez, and Lamela. However, Tottenham were nonexistent as an attacking force throughout the game.

Astonishingly, for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs failed to register a single shot on target throughout the ninety minutes.

In fact, this was the first time since December 2013 that Spurs have failed to hit the target (Source: Opta Joe)

It is certainly a worrying sign that a side that was creating chances and scoring for fun a few weeks ago suddenly seem toothless in the final third.

The North London derby against Arsenal has now become the most important game of Tottenham’s season as Spurs’ Champions League qualification could be in jeopardy if Pochettino’s men fail to win the game.

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  1. A lot of the problem with Spurs movement going forward is the lack of speed and positivity. Why have two wing-backs set in good positions, well placed to cross and stop go sideways or back. This is especially frustrating when bringing on Llorente in the latter stages of a game and he rarely sees the ball in the air. Look what we did against Dortmund when decent crosses were provided. We seem more content on retaining possession than causing our opponents a problem. Burnley had what, 30% of the play and beat us with two big determined front men. Last night we retained possession and ended up passing into our own net! We seem to be more like Arsenal trying to walk the ball into the net and unlike Man City, Liverpool and Man Utd who all move forward with pace and actual look dangerous.


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