Opinion: Five things we learned from the dismal defeat to Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur came into this match off the back of four wins out of five in the Premier League. Chelsea came in after four defeats in the last five.

However, it was the Blues who ran away as clear 2-0 winners after a dismal display from Spurs.

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

Son’s temper 

We saw the second red card for Son in a Tottenham shirt today, not including the one that was overturned against Everton. Just like the red against Bournemouth, Son was having a poor game and lost his cool for a split second. Was it a red in my opinion? No. Was it a red by the letter of the law? Yes. I have no idea why Son was clapped off the pitch.

Negative Mourinho 

Spurs were the in-form team. Spurs were the home team. We were under the lights at the new stadium and the atmosphere was rocking. Yet Spurs came out with no pace, drive, or effort, seemingly trying to coast through the first 45. Where was the all out attack we saw at the start of Mourinho’s reign?

Big game issues 

Two big games under Mourinho and two losses with awful performances for Spurs against Man United and Chelsea. He seems to approach these ties differently and the plan is not working. Jose needs to rethink his tactics for the next game against a top six side.

Dier, why?

Dier often starts under Mourinho, yet he is often the first one subbed off. Can the manager not see a pattern? I am honestly not sure what Dier adds anymore, and I am certain he should not be above Winks, Ndombele, and co in the pecking order.


That was the first time I have heard a stadium announcement for racism at the new ground and it is not acceptable. I hope the club take firm action if it came from a Tottenham fan. This has no place in the game.

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