Much has been made of Tottenham’s reported lack of preparation for this season – an almost unprecedented summer of no new signings was expected to result in a team lacking ideas, struggling when injuries arrived, and without the fire-power to challenge for the top 4. Add to that the uncertainty over the continually delayed move to the new stadium, which itself was meant to create an unsteady atmosphere where the layers never felt truly at home. However, the Spurs players and manager Mauricio Pochettino, have decided not to stick to that narrative.
This weekend’s 3-1 victory over Chelsea was just the most recent proof that Spurs are a force to be reckoned with this year as with years past, and currently sits them above Arsenal and the Blues, as London’s best team in third place in the Premier League, as we enter the Christmas period.
This match was all about creativity among Tottenham’s forward 4 – lacking Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela from the starting line-up was no issue, as Cristian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son, and Harry Kane created chance after chance at Wembley.
Eriksen even created a huge 7 clear chances in one of his best games for the club, helping himself to 4 Eurofantasyleague points – he was just too difficult to keep tabs on as he roamed the final third finding space time after time.
Dele Alli is back from injury and immediately right back where he belongs as a key member of this side, and his header from Eriksen’s cross helps him to 6 Eurofantasyleague points, and put Tottenham well on their way early on.
Son and Kane both got 4 points each, and both caused David Luiz and Jorginho huge problems, Son in particular embarrassing both with his run and finish. For a side unbeaten in the league previously, Chelsea looked completely unable to cope with Tottenham’s creativity and pace. Luiz ended the match with -2 points, and Kepa the goalkeeper, at fault for Kane’s long-range goal, received -4. These two results are sure to have damaged many a fantasy football side with Chelsea’s defence seen as a safe bet so far this term.
This was a win that reminded in-form rivals Arsenal, previously unbeaten Chelsea, and even the highly rated Liverpool, just 3 points ahead, that even if Spurs are not hitting the headlines week on week, they are very much in the race for the top 4, and may well be hitting form at the right time.
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