Tottenham Hotspur – Chelsea: Comfortable Chelsea Win With Changed System (0-2)
Frank Lampard’s switch to a 3-4-3 system turned out well for Chelsea as they largely outplayed Spurs in all aspects of the game. Spurs struggled to build through midfield and were - not for the first time under Mourinho - reliant on direct means to move the ball forwards, while Chelsea found ball circulation relatively easy against Spurs’ defensive scheme. Two first half goals by Willian put Chelsea in a commanding position before the second half of the game was ultimately overshadowed by alleged racist abuse from fans.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Tottenham had the chance to continue making up ground in the race for top four in the Premier League as they hosted an out-of-form Chelsea. José Mourinho’s side recovered from their disappointing defeat against Manchester United with a 5-0 demolition of Burnley and a valuable win away at Wolves.
In contrast, Chelsea were having probably their most difficult spell so far under Frank Lampard. After an impressive six game winning run in the league, they lost away to Manchester City despite performing impressively. They then went on to lose three of their next four league games, against . . .