24 Jan 2022 | 07:01 | Football
Chelsea is having a bad record recently when going through the last 4 rounds, only drawing and losing. This result leaves the Blues at 3rd place in the table with 44 points, 1 point behind the top team, Liverpool, but have played more than 2 matches. The opportunity to compete for the championship is also almost over because the gap between Chelsea and Man City is already 13 points.
On the other side of the front line, Tottenham under new coach Conte is making very solid progress with an unbeaten record of 9 consecutive matches in the Premier League. If it is possible to maintain a stable performance, it is “Rooster” that is the team that holds the most advantage in the race to compete for a place in the top 4 with 3 games yet to be played.
However, the history of confrontation between the two teams is in favor of Chelsea. Specifically, The Blues are unbeaten in their last 12 confrontations with Tottenham in all competitions, the most recent of which are two convincing victories in the semi-finals of the League Cup.
Chelsea vs Tottenham match progress
With home field advantage and outstanding confrontation history, Chelsea did not hesitate to press Tottenham from the first minutes of the match. Meanwhile, Coach Conte’s army also played quite passively in the first half and actively maintained a deep formation at home. The game in the first 45 minutes was therefore quite fierce, but there were no really remarkable chances.
In a tight match from both sides, a star moment suddenly spoke up to change the game. Right in the first attack phase after the whistle to start the second half, Hakim Ziyech drew a perfect curve from outside the box, turning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris into a reluctant spectator.
When inspiration appeared, Ziyech continued to play sublime. Immediately after the serve situation, the Moroccan midfielder continued to cut his heart from the same angle, but this time goalkeeper Lloris was successfully saved.
It wasn’t until there was nothing left to lose that Tottenham began to change the way they played and push up the squad in search of goals. However, the absence of a familiar partner Son Heung-min made Harry Kane have a relatively out of place match in attack. The pieces from the away team proved to be too monotonous and depended on Harry Kane’s ability to make the ball.
With Thiago Silva in the center of defence, it was relatively easy for Chelsea to neutralize the most dangerous detonator on Tottenham’s side. A 2-0 victory over an opponent who is in very high form like Tottenham really gives Chelsea a boost after a disappointing series of recent matches.
The Blues will have nearly two weeks of precious rest to welcome the return of the mainstays before a difficult series of games at the end of the season. A position in their top 3 is also currently shaking because Tottenham can completely get ahead if they win all the remaining 4 matches that have not been played.