Tottenham Hotspur’s aspirations of reclaiming the peak of the Premier League standings were shattered in an extraordinary manner, as they suffered a -1 defeat against Chelsea at their home ground on Monday. The intense London derby saw Tottenham concluding the match with only nine players.
Mauricio Pochettino had a victorious comeback to Spurs thanks to Nicolas Jackson’s hat trick. It was the most significant outcome of Pochettino’s time at Chelsea, however, the astonishing manner in which it was achieved was beyond anyone’s expectations on that perplexing night in north London.
Pochettino expressed his improved well-being as he met with reporters, stating that returning after four years to greet everyone was truly a blessing for him. The memories were both very emotional and nostalgic.
The game was filled with passion and an abundance of competition. Being truthful, we were desperate for three points and the day turned out to be astonishingly fabulous for us. Tottenham may be a noteworthy place, but its uniqueness does not solely hinge on that.
Tottenham, who had been unbeaten until now, took the lead in the sixth minute with a deflected shot from Dejan Kulusevski. Shortly after, Son Heung-Min scored a second goal, but it was disallowed due to an offside call.
Soccer Football – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – November 6, 2023 Tottenham Hotspur’s Cristian Romero is shown a red card by referee Michael Oliver Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs.
However, just like the memorable Battle of the Bridge in 2016, where Chelsea dashed Pochettino’s Tottenham side’s title dreams, the home team’s evening gradually fell apart.
Cristian Romero received a red card following a VAR inspection due to a perilous tackle, leading to a penalty scored by Cole Palmer. Consequently, Spurs suffered the loss of two players due to injuries.
Destiny Udogie found himself receiving a second yellow card just 10 minutes into the second half, which left the hosts desperately clinging onto their hope of securing a single point.
In the 75th minute, Chelsea’s numerical advantage finally paid off when Jackson found the net from a close range. The goal was confirmed after another VAR review for any possible offside.
In an exhilarating game, Tottenham’s hopes were crushed as substitute Eric Dier’s equalising goal was disallowed due to an offside decision. In a last-ditch attempt to salvage a draw, Son’s powerful shot was expertly saved by Robert Sanchez in added time. However, the Chelsea supporters erupted with joy as Jackson sealed the victory with two late goals.
After suffering their first league loss, Ange Postecoglou’s Australian team finds themselves in second place in the standings. With 26 points from 11 games, they are currently trailing the reigning champions, Manchester City, by only one point. Chelsea’s climb to 10th place with 15 points was secured by their fourth triumph of the season.
Postecoglou has made history as the first manager to remain undefeated in his initial 10 Premier League games, granting Tottenham their most remarkable start to a top-flight season since 1960.
During the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham, Michael Oliver delivers a red card to Destiny Udogie of Tottenham.
During the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham, Michael Oliver brandished a red card towards Destiny Udogie of Tottenham.
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As Pape Matar Sarr served Kulusevski with a delicious pass, the Swede’s shot took an unexpected redirection off Levi Colwill, catching Sanchez off guard and finding its way into the back of the net. The stadium was absolutely buzzing with excitement.
In the beginning, Chelsea found themselves chasing shadows, feeling a sense of relief when Son’s attempt was declared offside. However, soon after, Tottenham’s world started to crumble before their eyes.
In the sequence leading up to a disallowed Raheem Sterling goal due to handball, Romero carelessly delivered a petulant kick on Colwill, which unfortunately went unnoticed by the officials.
A few moments later, Chelsea found themselves on the attack once more, with Moises Caicedo firing a swift low shot towards the goal. The ball managed to find its way into the net, but unfortunately, it was disallowed due to an offside ruling.
Nevertheless, after the VAR check, referee Michael Oliver decided to take a look at the pitch-side monitor. He subsequently granted a penalty and issued a red card to Romero due to his reckless tackle on his compatriot Enzo Fernandez during the build-up play.
In a bewildering moment that lasted for seven whole minutes, Palmer finally took charge and skillfully guided his penalty into the net, bouncing it off the post, despite Guglielmo Vicario’s remarkable goalkeeping skills for Spurs.
Things took a turn for the worse for Tottenham as James Maddison suffered an ankle injury, rendering him unable to continue. Shortly after, Micky Van de Ven experienced a pulled hamstring while chasing down a counter-attack.
With four players from their starting lineup absent from the field. Despite enduring 12 minutes of first-half stoppage time, Spurs’ momentum had completely dissipated.
Udogie’s poorly-timed tackle on Sterling led to his sending off within just 10 minutes of the second half.
Chelsea unleashed a barrage of shots towards Tottenham’s goal, yet the fervent home fans amplified the atmosphere by vociferously cheering on every tackle and clearance.
At the one-hour mark, Spurs decided to make two additional substitutions. Sarr and Kulusevski were substituted with Rodrigo Bentancur and Oliver Skipp. This meant that the hosts were now without seven of the players who had initially started the intense derby.
In the end, Jackson managed to break Tottenham’s defense effortlessly by tapping in Sterling’s well-placed pass. To make matters worse for the home side, the Senegal striker added insult to injury by scoring two more goals in the final moments of the game.