Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas has a simple verdict when it comes to his side's 5-3 loss at Tottenham. According to the Spaniard, the north London side simply took every chance they had.
"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," the Chelsea midfielder is quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.
"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, while Spurs ran riot against the Blues, demonstrating just how clinical they can be at their best, Fabregas's comments can also be used to explain where Tottenham have been going wrong this season.
|Match||Goals||Shots||Shots On target|
|Tottenham||Tottenham vs Chelsea||5||11||8|
|Tottenham||Sunderland vs Tottenham||2||16||6|
|Tottenham||C. Palace vs Tottenham||1||9||5|
|Tottenham||Tottenham vs Newcastle||1||18||2|
|Tottenham||Chelsea vs Tottenham||0||10||2|
Indeed, as Opta stats show, Spurs scored almost half their shots - and more than half their attempts on target - during the 5-3 win over Chelsea. Last weekend, however, Mauricio Pochettino's men scored once from nine shots at Crystal Palace and their most profligate clash this season saw them lose 2-1 to Newcastle at White Hart Lane, when just two of their 18 shots were on target.
In the final third, Tottenham are just too inconsistent. Chelsea was their peak: they showed just how good they can be going forward.
And that's why some of the statistics Pochettino's side have been posting at other times this campaign just aren't acceptable. Of the top eight sides, only Liverpool have scored less goals than Spurs this season - and look at the problems they've had up front.
The question is - does Pochettino press Daniel Levy to sign a new striker or find methods to get his current crop more consistent? For the Chelsea game showed they can certainly find the back of the net...