Four ways Tottenham can beat Chelsea and remain ‘invincible’

first_imgTottenham Hotspur travel to Chelsea on Saturday night looking not only revenge, but for their first win at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.Last season, the Blues came from 2-0 down to draw with the Lilywhites and officially end their title ambitions, allowing Leicester City to lift the trophy.Now, with retribution and redemption in mind, Spurs must come up against an in-form Chelsea side swatting aside opponents thanks to their new formation.So, how can Tottenham finally dispatch the Blues and exorcise the ghost of last season’s result, which left some players in tears? Click the right arrow above to see our thoughts… 2. Stop taking short goal-kicks – Tottenham don’t concede many goals, but when they do the root is often a punished error. Regularly, these errors are directly linked to their propensity for a short-goal kick. When these restarts work, they look good and allow Spurs to attack quickly, getting the full-backs forward and into the game early. When they don’t, they leave the central defenders under pressure and Hugo Lloris, almost certainly, facing a shot or making a rash clearance – giving the ball back to their opponents in an attacking position. For this game, with Chelsea in irresistible form, it’s best not to give them any kind of chance or opening. So, for one game at least, they must be smarter when Lloris has the ball at his feet. 1. Use Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen on the flanks – Click the right arrow above for more ways Tottenham can beat Chelsea… – If Tottenham can disrupt Chelsea’s back-three, they could get themselves all three points at Stamford Bridge. Drawing either Cesar Azpilicueta or Gary Cahill away from their nominal position could allow Spurs space and time in front of goal. Both Son and Eriksen have the ability to take on opponents and create mischief, with the South Korean inspiring Mauricio Pochettino’s men last weekend against West Ham, engaging Michail Antonio and Havard Nordtveit, assisting a goal and winning a penalty. Eriksen, who looks laboured and restricted in a central role, could flourish given time out on the flank. With both players also able switch sides throughout the match there is added flexibility. The last time these two occupied similar roles was against Arsenal and they had plenty of joy. 4 4. Dominate the midfield – using Moussa Sissoko – We know he’s out of form, but give us a moment. If Tottenham are going to get any foothold into the game they need to disrupt Ngolo Kante and Nemanja Matic. The Blues’ duo have been in superb form, keeping things tight and both winning the ball and keeping it, with impressive passing success statistics. If Mauricio Pochettino wants to overrun these two, he should consider moving Sissoko into a midfield three alongside Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele. Using Wanyama as an anchorman, capable of dropping in alongside centre-backs Eric Dier and Kevin Wimmer, and Dembele and Sissoko as box-to-box hustlers they could dominate the centre of the pitch. 4 4 3. Stop Chelsea’ dribblers – The Blues’ ability to transition from defence to attack thanks to their superb dribbling stars is impressive. Their wing-backs, and their wide forwards, are extremely capable of engaging and beating opponents. It’s crucial to their game and Tottenham would be smart to nip these in the bud. Whether it be a tactical foul or a feat of physical strength, it’s crucial Spurs stop them from meandering towards goal. Pochettino’s midfielders should be ready to muck in and double-team Chelsea’s attacking threats when necessary. 4last_img read more

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