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Category: Chelsea

Spurs Jiggle the Table

When you miss in one end what was supposed to get chalked up, it often comes right back to bite you in the rear end.

Tottenham took the lead, deservedly so, on this notable header.

Then a foul in the box on Hazard (video) gets overlooked by referee. And, alas, the inevitable pay-the-price goal, really slanted the table of play. This says something about Chelsea’s mental resilience. Instead of going into the half possibly at 1-1, the Blues had to come out down by 2, and their unbeaten streak hanging by a thread.

And the obvious happens. The Spurs bury the game 15 minutes into the second half. An 85th minute marker is barely balm on the sore. Sarri is going to work on the mental side now, while Tottenham will justifiably walk about with their head held up high.

A Tougher Test and a Tough Result

At Stamford Bridge, a first half that left fans displeased with the carding with Bernard headbutting (video) Rudiger, and thus keeping forces on the field even, the second half was weak, not the reaction Sarri certainly expected. Some drew positives, some not. The players are saying the right words; the next match will give weight to their sincerity.

Although Sarri remains undefeated after 12 games, a bit of spacing is occuring in the tables – unless ManU can bring City back down to earth in the derby later on…

Lowered Guard

A win is a win. A narrow win is a win, but says other things. Borisov might not be a major opponent, but that is still no reason to let one’s guard down. Sarri has no illusions about the overall play. Fans were not fooled. Thankfully, Giroud saved face for the club (video).

But at the same time, one does need the occasional letdown to understand how to keep the proper tension on performance. And this type of game provided just that opportunity.