Tottenham Hotspur struggled to cope against a dominant Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge.
Spurs were well beaten at Chelsea last night, which gives Mauricio Pochettino a number of things to mull over heading into the weekend match against Crystal Palace.
It was a disappointing result because Spurs played so well against Everton and went on the front foot to attack at the start of the match, nearly going ahead through a superb Harry Kane header.
Here are five things we learned about Tottenham from the game last night.
The Tottenham back four needs a solid right-back to ensure that balance. Vlad Chiriches filled in last night, but he looked lost as speculation persists over his future. Kyle Walker has returned to some state of fitness but Pochettino can’t rush him back into the team.
Chelsea took control of the game because of their experience and quality in the middle. Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentlaeb are good young players but they aren’t the men who are capable of controlling the middle areas in huge games like this.
He’s looking more and more like the real deal. When Spurs attacked with pace and venom at the start of the game last night, Chelsea couldn’t handle him. He doesn’t have the most pace but makes intelligent runs and was unlucky not to score.
He must stay in the side where possible. His pace gave Cesar Azpilicueta, a very decent left-back, problems when the England man had the time and space to run at the Spaniard. He’s also going to be vital for Spurs when they have to counter attack.
Too many heads dropped as Chelsea took control of the game. Spurs fans need to see their side fighting hard, regardless of whether the team are two or three goals behind because that dogged and fighting spirit could make the difference in the second half of the season.