Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea. Match day 2 review and match day 3 preview 2017/18

Match day 2 ended in disappointment for Spurs fans as a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal ultimately cost Spurs three points as Marcos Alonso’s brace from a fantastic free kick and a poor error from a shot directly at Lloris ended the game.  Spurs ultimately dominated the game in terms of possession, shots, chances and corners but were able to score themselves as a Christian Eriksen free kick was met by the head of Chelsea substitute Michy Batshuayi turning the ball past an onlooking Thibaut Courtois.  


Spurs lined up in a variation of a 343/433 with Lloris in goal.  Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in the defence.  A returning Kieran Trippier played at right wing-back, while Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama were the central midfielders and Ben Davies played at left wing back.  The front 3 consisted of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen playing behind/to the side of Harry Kane at centre forward.


Arguably Spurs’ man of the match was Mousa Dembele after a 2nd consecutive solid performance in the heart of the midfield.  Dembele’s strong tackling and ability to push the team forward allowed Spurs to link the defence to the attack with his driving runs, one of which resulted in a created chance as he attempted to slip Harry Kane through late in the game before Courtois was able to smother the ball and stop Tottenham’s attack.  Victor Wanyama, adversely, looked relatively poor in comparison to his previous performances and was arguably his worst performance in a Spurs shirt since joining in June 2016.  Although, Wanyama had recently recovered from a small knee injury picked up during the PSG game in the USA tour.


As soon as Marcos Alonso’s free kick went in, Chelsea put on a defensive clinic by soaking up all of Spurs’ pressure despite looking relatively poor in front of goal themselves.  Alvaro Morata squandered a normally easy header and was positively anonymous for the rest of the match.  Spurs’ closest chance came just shy of half time when Harry Kane struck the far post from just inside the penalty area in the 42nd minute.  The 2nd half saw all 3 substitutions be made throughout the half which points out Spurs’ lack of bench options as Son, Sissoko and Janssen were all brought on to little effect.


However there are still 10 days until the transfer window shuts, so expect Daniel Levy to bring in at least a midfielder and another defender.  Ideally Levy would also buy Poch an impactful forward player that is willing to stay on the bench until the 70th minute and potentially change the game.  Prior to the game, on the 18th of August, Tottenham’s twitter announced the signing of Davinson Sanchez from AFC Ajax.  The fee has currently been undisclosed by Spurs although Ajax have announced that the deal is worth €40 million.  The young 21 centre half won Ajax’s player of the year award and was part of the team that got to the Europa league final that ultimately lost 2-0 to Manchester United.  The Colombian won the 2016 Copa Libertadores with his first club Atletico Nacional so he comes with a good amount of pedigree and experience as Ajax are famed for nurturing young starlets and giving them an initial platform before they go off to other clubs, in most cases, for them to go on to domestic and European success.


The next match for Spurs comes against Burnley at their temporary home of Wembley on the 27th where Burnley come off an initial 3-2 win vs Chelsea on the opening match day at Stamford Bridge although they went on to lose their 1st home game of the year as a 2nd half goal from Hal Robson-Kanu netted before being sent off for a raised arm colliding with Matthew Lowton.  Burnley will be looking to rebound and an away day at Wembley will likely mean that Tottenham won’t be able to simply walkover them.


Ideally Davinson Sanchez will have passed his medical and be granted a work permit in time for him to join 1st team training sessions.  Potentially, current Estudiantes defender, Juan Foyth may be a Spurs player as well before the Burnley match as well.  Other than that no other moves seem to be concrete despite the club still holding an interest in the currently injured Ross Barkley who is out until Christmas time, Pape Cheikh Diop who seemingly is moving to Lyon and long time target Ricardo Pereira all remain on Spurs’/Levy’s radar and may be Tottenham players before the end of the window.  Pochettino has himself stated that he wants four players by the end of the window.






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