Spurs lose to London Rivals Chelsea before the Winter Break

Tottenham and Chelsea locked horns for their third January bout this weekend which saw an end-to-end match of entertainment unfold. Chelsea went into the game on a winless streak of four matches. Spurs went into the game off the back of a jaw-dropping last-minute victory at Leicester that convinced Conte to choose Steven Bergwijn in his starting line-up against the champions of Europe.

The first half was incredibly end-to-end and made for a fascinating watch for fans and neutrals alike. Both teams turned up with a fight in the bellies, and the main frontmen Lukaku and Harry Kane created chances early on. Tottenham were awfully unlucky not to go into half-time 1-0 up after his goal was ruled out for a foul on Thiago Silva moments before he calmly struck the ball past Kepa. The replay showed that Kane did place his hand on Silva, slightly. However, the experienced Chelsea centre-back used all his football knowledge when throwing himself to the floor; the referee then judged the contact as foul play. Gary Neville described Silva as a “very lucky boy”.

It was not long after the resumption of the second half when Ziyech stunned Stamford Bridge with a sublime shot that curled into the top left-hand corner that left Lloris stationary.

Ziyech was ‘man of the match’ and even without his excellent goal he would have been a strong contender for the award. Steven Bergwijn also looked full of confidence and ruthless in his attacks for Tottenham and would have undoubtedly impressed Conte on the sidelines.

To be fair to Spurs, their heads did not drop after the first goal went in. However, the hosts doubled the lead 8 minutes later following a glancing header from the ever-present Thiago Silva.

Onwards and Upwards for Tottenham Hotspur

The Blues have ended a very impressive 9-game EPL streak without a loss under new boss Conte. But despite the disappointing result, there is much to be hopeful about. Conte has restored the fans’ faith in their squad as they remain strong contenders for a top-four finish thus securing a Champions League qualification spot. Only two points separate Man Utd, West Ham, Arsenal, and Tottenham in the race for 4th and Spurs have at least one game in hand of all of them. They have three games in hand of West Ham, who have lost their last two games.

The Spurs starting XI

Lloris
Tanganga
Dier
Sanchez
Davies
Doherty
Winks
Højbjerg
Sessegnon
Bergwijn
Kane

The manager’s thoughts

After the game, Antonio Conte exclaimed,

“I don’t like to lose, and defeat is always difficult for me, but I think to have nine games in a row without defeat was important… In this moment, the gap with other teams like Chelsea is really an important gap and the team and the squad, the game was… I am proud for the effort… We tried to do everything but sometimes it is not enough, especially against a team like this. Now there is a big difference between us and the top teams.”

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur

It’s three home games on the bounce for Spurs after the conclusion of the winter break. First up, Brighton in the F.A. Cup 4th round. You can experience the game in comfort and style with VIP hospitality packages starting from just £99.

Next up, Tottenham will welcome the Saints to North London. If you want to see the Saints marching into the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday 9th February, VIP tickets are available from £149.

Finally, Spurs play Wolves at home on the 13th of February. Lucky for some (let’s hope for Tottenham). Purchase your hospitality tickets and travel against Wolves right now.