Sunday, January 17, 2021

Post-Match Analysis: Chelsea and Spurs go head to head in a tactical masterclass

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur ended 0-0 as both managers displayed their individual tactical brilliance. Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard both showed how well they know each other.

First Half ends with chances for both teams

Frank Lampard started out with Kovacic, Mason Mount, and N’golo Kante in the midfield with Timo Werner on the left, Hakim Ziyech on the right, and Tammy Abraham in a central role.

Whereas on the other hand, Jose Mourinho had a surprise selection of Rodon in the defense. Harry Kane led the attack for the Spurs with Heung Min Son and Steven Bergwin.

As soon as the first few minutes of the match went by it was clear that both teams were going to be cautious about each other. Neither looked to press high and were happy to sit back and wait.

Post-Match Analysis: Chelsea and Spurs go head to head in a tactical masterclass
Eduoard Mendy made a fantastic save from Aurier’s shot

Chelsea looked threatening on the counter-attack as Mount skipped past the midfield. He chooses to go with Timo Werner on the left who curls in a beauty in the far corner. However, the flag is immediately up for the German.

The first real chance for Spurs fell at the feet of right-back Serge Aurier as he fizzed in a low shot from the edge of the box. Eduoard Mendy produced a fantastic save to deny him.

There were very few chances at either end for the remainder of the half. Hakim Ziyech did whip in a good cross but the finish for Tammy Abraham was too tough to control. Harry Kane took a free-kick from a reasonable but that flew over. The first half ended 0-0 as both teams looked to be getting in the groove.

Chelsea dominate more in the 2nd half with Spurs happy to sit back

Chelsea dominate more in the 2nd half with Spurs happy to sit back
Hakim Ziyech looking to whip in a ball

The quality of play definitely felt a drop as both teams were less in each other’s face and focused more on avoiding mistakes. However, it needs to be said that Chelsea was by far the better team and dictates the play.

Hakim Ziyech found more space on the right in the second half and tried to find Reece James on the overlap. Two wonderful crosses early on and Tammy Abraham should’ve done a lot better in anyone.

Both teams made changes as Spurs brought in Giovanni Lo Celso and then Lucas Moura in the dying moments. Frank Lampard brought in Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, and Olivier Giroud but none of them got any major impact.

Harry Kane was hardly involved in any interchange with Heung Min Son and it looked like Lampard had made sure that the gap between them was always monitored. Mason Mount probably had the best chance in the half as his shot from 25 yards is stopped brilliantly by Hugo Lloris.

A dipping shot right in the far corner and Lloris got a solid hand on the ball. Moments later Son delivered a ball into the Chelsea box and Mendy did just enough to palm it away. A London Derby which is known for its ruggedness is reduced to a game of chess. White and Blue – both share the points this time around.

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