Confused Mauricio Pochettino
By Ben Green
Saturday, November 26th, 2016 23:25
Tottenham's first Premier League loss of the season
English football's last undefeated Premier League record for the season went at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
As they have done now for the past 27 years, Chelsea have once again avoided defeat to Spurs at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea usually win this fixture. The last one was very much an anomaly.
Chelsea 2 â€“ Spurs 1
Yet, it's also a sign of how far Spurs have come under Mauricio Pochettino that dominating the first half was not even a surprise to anyone.
Combined with the 2-2 that ended Tottenham's title hopes, Spurs have dominated at least 110 minutes of the last 180 at Stamford Bridge, yet have ended up with one points from two games.
This time, the setback at Stamford Bridge has come at a much earlier time in the season and you suspect Spurs will be all the better for it.
Besides awesome displays from Hugo Lloris (again â€“ besides the kicking perhaps?), Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Dembele and Harry Kane, Spurs also have key absentees.
Rose, Alderweireld &Â Lamela
What difference would Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela have made to this game?
Almost certainly a significant one.
And, for once this season, the two substitutes who came on for Spurs actually did well. Harry Winks (again) and Georges-KĂ©vin N'Koudou was impressive, not just viaÂ his searing pace against two Chelsea full backs.
N'Koudou also proved that given the right tools (e.g. not Sissoko), Pochettino can tactically outwit an opposing manager.
On the negative side for Poch, the fact when Moussa Dembele went forward N'Golo Kante had more space in midfield, was less impressive from the Argentine.
Tottenham play host to Swansea next Saturday and will be back on track with a win. Chelsea head to Manchester City for what already looks like a battle between two of the top three.
After the game, Mauricio Pochettino and Eric Dier were very positive about how well Spurs have played.
They were hardly likely to be too negative but both seemed to sum up how many felt about the game.
Poch on Chelsea
Eric Dier on Chelsea
"Everyone is very disappointed. The fans were fantastic. We've given everything."
A disappointed @ericdier reacts to our first league loss. pic.twitter.com/92dpcwb8NO
- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 26, 2016