Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has told The Sun that losing to Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day came as a “shock”.
The Blues suffered their worst defeat of the season at White Hart Lane when they went down 5-3 to London rivals Tottenham in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho’s side actually took the lead through Diego Costa in the 18th minute, but Spurs launched a sensational comeback and made a mockery of Chelsea’s otherwise strong defence.
Chelsea have since recovered to win back-to-back matches - 3-0 against Watford in the FA Cup third round and 2-0 against Newcastle United in the Premier League.
Fabregas is pleased with the way the players have responded, but he admits that losing to Tottenham was hard to take.
“We have recovered from the Christmas schedule,” The Sun quotes the Spain international as saying. “It was tough, but we feel that we had a few days to rest.
“Losing to Tottenham like we did was a shock, but when you watch the game again you see that every chance they had, they scored.
“It was one of those days where we hit the post, Ramires and Cesar Azpilicueta also had a chance. Things didn’t go our way, but credit to Tottenham, they played a good game. But that’s it, we are just looking to move forward now.”
Losing to Tottenham in the manner that they did was a huge blow for Chelsea, but it is remarkable the way that they have bounced back.
The London outfit are now two points clear of second-placed Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table and are back on track for the league title.
It seems that Chelsea have learned their lesson from the loss to Tottenham; it is proven by the fact that in their two games since they have not conceded a single goal and have scored five.