So it’s only taken them two games into the new season to show the traits of seasons past! Spurs are great at being the masters of their own demise and today at”home” to Chelsea was no different.
Dele Alli made minimal contact with Sideshow Bob (David Luiz) and the Brazilian went down as if being taken out by a sniper sitting on the famous Wembley Arch. Step up Marcos Alonso. An absolute worldy from the Spaniard which would have beaten any goalkeeper.
With possession and territory all in favour of the Lilywhites it looked like only a matter of time before they would draw level and before the break Harry Kane came the closest after smashing the ball off the post after some good build up play from Dele Alli.
The second half continued in the same vein, Spurs pressing and Chelsea soaking up the pressure and offered little threat bar the occasional counter attack but it was the 83rd minute when Spurs finally got the ball past Courtois and it was a Chelsea man who got the final touch, Michy Batshuayi. Could they complete the comeback and take all three points?
This is why Spurs’ title credentials have been rightly questioned. In tight games when they should be seeing out games they manage to self-harm and this time it was Hugo Lloris who, uncharacteristically, made the ultimate error by letting a rather straight forward shot from Alonso slip under the body when it almost looked easier to save it with the boot – a David De Gea classic if you will. Might not be pretty, but it’s effective!
So Chelsea do a smash & grab job at Wembley and leave with all three points. Hard to say they didn’t deserve it, they absorbed all the pressure and hit Spurs on the break however Spurs fans will feel like they’ve left this one behind them, a certain draw and possibly more.
Can Spurs react well next week at “home” to Burnley? Meanwhile, Chelsea have a tough home tie as they host Ronald Koeman’s Everton!