There are no two games that are the same in football even if both ended in defeats the score line may still be different and matches with same results may feature different scorers.
Chelsea were thorns in Tottenham’s flesh twice, first denying the chance to win the Premier league after forcing a 2-2 draw last season and ending their unbeaten in the league this season and Spurs repaid them by denying them a rare opportunity of setting a new Premier League record for the most consecutive wins.
Mauricio Pochettino could have gone back to his drawing board after that defeat at Chelsea, just like what Antonio Conte did after the defeat at Arsenal. The Lilly Whites have only lost once in the league since then.
They have scored an impressive 20 league goals in seven matches, including the two goals against Chelsea and conceded just four goals. Chelsea finally found their match. Stoke City shook their defence last week by pegging them back twice before the Blues eventually ran out 4-2 winners but Tottenham finished off the job.
Pochettino’s men dominated the match and deserved their win. But the Argentine boss must be commended for the win. He seemed to have identified the weakness in Conte’s 3-4-3 formation and exploited it. He must have studied them and found out that there is a weak spot between Victor Moses – who is not a natural defender – and centre-back Cesar Azpilicueta.
Dele Alli’s double header did the trick and on each occasion Christian Eriksen picked out the 20-year-old, who had found space between the two players to score both goals.