Andre Villas-Boas failed to enact the ‘revenge’ he has been craving over Chelsea as his Tottenham team failed to hold onto their 2-1 win after originally going one goal down at the break.
Whilst the media will point their fingers at Villas-Boas, and undoubtedly and rightly so call the Chelsea team superior to the Lilywhites, it is a mixed day for both teams with the result being merely a blip in their long-term plans for the club.
Firstly, Chelsea heavily relied on Hazard on Mata, and whilst that it is obviously no crime, their gameplay and passes were fairly limited to the one side of the pitch and invited the Tottenham defence to regain possession from the pair.
As well as this, Torres and Luiz don’t look up to scratch for Chelsea and appear to be wasted space on the field. Ivanovic looks like a liability at the back with his aggression conceding a few free kicks in very dangerous positions.
But most dangerously for Di Matteo, the Chelsea defence looks poor. Without Terry, the back four looked confused and puzzled as shown by their weak marking for corners.
Obviously there is worry for Villas-Boas too with William Gallas looking slow against Mata, Oscar and Hazard. However, his tackling saved the team at times and of course against 20 year olds’, an experienced defender will look slow but this was not a problem against Manchester United and appears to be a scapegoat for the defeat.
It was also obvious that Dembele and Bale’s absence was hard for Tottenham, especially considering that other key members of the team, Parker, Kaboul and Assou Ekotto where also missing.
Finally, the team spirit of Tottenham to turn around their 1-0 loss at half time showed clear passion and is a comfort for the 35-year-old Portuguese manager.
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