Chelsea – Tottenham Hotspur: Lampard Brings Out A Back Three To Outwit Mourinho Again (2-1)
Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea an early lead amid a passive start from Spurs, which handed Chelsea control of the match early on. Spurs gradually became more aggressive as the game went on, but Chelsea’s pressing was suitably intense and was often able to stifle Spurs’ buildup. Marcos Alonso doubled Chelsea’s lead just after half-time, meaning we saw a more offensive Tottenham team in the second half, chasing the game with a noticeable lack of attacking width.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
This game promised to be a crucial match in the race for Champions League qualification as Spurs visited Stamford Bridge just one point behind Chelsea in fourth place. These two teams last met two month ago, in a game where Frank Lampard switched to a 3-4-3 system and Chelsea earned themselves a 2-0 win away from home.
Chelsea find themselves in the midst of a tough run of fixtures in February. Prior to the winter break, they managed to take a point away at third-placed Leicester City, before returning on Monday night with a defeat at home against Manchester United. Then in midweek, they will face the first leg of a tough Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.
Spurs came into the game on the back of their own Champions League battle against Bundesliga opposition, as
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