Chelsea's Tactical Mastery: Spurs Suffer First Premier League Defeat
|Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino with Mykhaylo Mudryk and Conor Gallagher of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 06, 2023 in London, England(Image-Getty)
Chelsea handed Tottenham Hotspur their first Premier League defeat of the season with a convincing 4-1 victory in a chaotic match marked by two red cards for the home side. Mauricio Pochettino, the Chelsea manager, asserted that his team deserved the win and emphasized the significance of tactics, form, and emotional control in such games.
Pochettino acknowledged a shaky start but highlighted the team's ability to recover and force mistakes from the opposition. Reflecting on the VAR decisions, including the red card for Cristian Romero and disallowed goals, Pochettino believed they were fair and stated, "We played 120 minutes, and I think we deserved to win. Crazy but fair."
Before the Spurs triumph, Chelsea had struggled with goal-scoring, and Nicolas Jackson's hat-trick was a welcome boost. However, Pochettino remained grounded, emphasizing the young player's need for improvement and patience in the development process.
Regarding Raheem Sterling's exclusion from the England squad, Pochettino stressed the importance of hard work to change the situation, expressing respect for Gareth Southgate's decision.
Looking ahead to the match against Manchester City, Pochettino praised Pep Guardiola's side as the best in terms of team, coaching staff, and management. Despite being 10th in the table with 15 points, Chelsea faces a significant challenge against table-topping Manchester City, who lead by 12 points.