If a defense is a good offense, Chelsea’s is the best of all. In a match that came to rest with a draw on the scoreboard and a Tottenham stopping the offensive torrent of the team Tuchel, Kant, Thiago Silva and Rdiger came to the rescue of their own to beat the ‘spurs’. They haven’t lost a game all season yet and they show that they are candidates for everything, in a clash where Lukaku, his highest star, did not score.
Before the start of the match there was a heartfelt tribute in memory of Jimmy Greaves, top scorer in Tottenham Hotspur history passed away today. A striker who, apart from the ‘spurs’, spent his early career years at Chelsea, where he also recorded some impressive numbers. Greaves was the author of 266 goals in 379 games for Tottenham and of 44 goals in 57 appearances for England, where it was also world champion in 1966.
When the ball started rolling, a very high rhythm took over Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. For the first time, the Chelsea saw torpedoed his departure from the ball for the team of Nuno Espirito Santo. With a Hjbjerg and The Celso omnipresent, the ‘blue’ defense did not connect with Mount, Havertz and Lukaku, short-circuiting any visiting attacks. Even so, the risk assumed by the Tottenham pressure was high and the Chelsea He was met with promising attacks if he managed to overcome that first pressure.
The hook that Tottenham had
In the first half, Nuno marked the way forward to minimize (not to delete) the Chelsea threat. In the pressure man was paired with man, so that Lukaku looked lonely and well defended by a ‘cage’ tended by Dier, Romero and Hjbjerg. The offensive volume of the Chelsea it was much less, just Marcos Alonso from the left found space.
When the ‘spurs’ attacked, it placed Reguiln and Emerson too close to the defensive line to attract the Chelsea and ah, lean on Kane to have the entire front of the attack free. At least in the first half, Tottenham achieved what no team had achieved so far in the Premier League: that the team of Tuchel did not see the door in the first 45 minutes.
Thiago Silva’s second juventus
Kant entered by Mason Mount to equalize forces in the center of the field, but the difference was made by Thiago Silva in minute 49. The Brazilian central, who In three days he turns 37, he took advantage of a crner served by Marcos Alonso to beat Cries and round out a phenomenal match. European champion defense leader, marks the differences in both areas: being attentive to the cut and unbeatable in the aerial game.
In fact, the Brazilian’s goal was close to reaching another legendary player ‘blue’. At 36 years and 362 days, he became the second oldest player to score for Chelsea in the Premier League, only surpassed by Didier Drogba, with 37 years and 49 days.
The game with 0-1 began to break down and benefited everyone. To the Chelsea and to Tottenham for the spaces they were going to leave, and also to the fan who wanted to enjoy the best football with two teams that weren’t going to look back. In minute 57 came the 0-2 by N’Golo Kant. The Frenchman fired from the front of the area and his shot rebounded, first in Dier and then on the stick, while Lloris followed the ball with her eyes.
Nuno tried to react with Bryan Gili and Skipp, but it was not possible before the machine of the Chelsea. Rdiger made it 0-3 and a clash culminated where all the prominence was taken by the defensive line. The defensive strength of the team Thomas tuchel unhinges any rival, especially when they find solutions to games like this from the bench. Chelsea have not yet lost in the Premier League, and it seems difficult to find a team that can harm them.