Former player Micky Hazard says Chelsea’s tactics during their 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur can be seen as a big compliment to Maurico Pochettino’s side, he wrote on Twitter.
The encounter at White Hart Lane certainly wasn’t a classic by any stretch of the imagination. 0-0, only five shots on target and plenty of niggling fouls basically tells its own story.
Chelsea set up to frustrate Spurs and it worked as they put 11 men behind the ball, conceded plenty of possession to the hosts and looked to strike with quick counterattacks.
Jose Mourinho is a master at stifling opponents, and his Chelsea side have picked up valuable away draws at places like Manchester City, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and PSG over the past two years.
Therefore, the way his side set up against Tottenham was in recognition of the hosts’ newfound reputation as a so-called elite team and Micky Hazard feels Spurs can treat it as a huge compliment.
What a compliment to us today by Jose, came with one thing in mind to get a draw, no centre forward, talk about park the bus, Wow COYSSSSS— Micky Hazard (@1MickyHazard) noviembre 29, 2015
A draw was ultimately a satisfying result for both teams, though considering Chelsea’s current position in the table perhaps Tottenham fans would have targeted all three points pre-match.
Still, it’s another step in the right direction for Pochettino and his men and it extends Spurs’ unbeaten league run to 13 matches, their longest undefeated league run since 1985.
A top four spot is well and truly in their grasp this season and barring injuries to key players such as Harry Kane or Christian Eriksen, there is no reason to believe they won’t achieve their ultimate goal.