Chelsea took on Tottenham in the Premier League on Wednesday night looking to equal the overall 14 game record winning streak but went down to a slim 2-0 defeat to Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs team. Chelsea needed to win to grab a share of Arsenal’s record but came up against a Spurs team which really needed to win if they wanted to stay in the title race and it proved to be 1 game too far for the Blues.
The game was a pretty tight affair and was turned by two good headed goals from Spurs’ man-of-the-match Dele Alli either side of the half-time interval. Chelsea had chances to equalise after the first goal but it was just not their night in front of goal as they did not score for the first time in over 15 games.
Speaking after the match Gary Cahill talked about how Chelsea would not be hurt by the loss with their confidence still high and that they would be ready to “go again” when they return to League action against Leicester City on January 14th. Antonio Conte was philosophical about the loss and complemented Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham on being a good team but could see that his side might easily have got something from the game. Speaking to Sky Sports after the game Chelsea boss Conte had this say:
“It’s a pity to stop this run but Tottenham are a really strong team and one of the teams that can fight for the title until the end,”
“They fought last season and for sure can fight this year.
“I saw a game with a good balance. Two good teams with good intensity and pressure that tried to win. Tottenham scored in two strange moments at the end of the first half and then after we missed two chances to equalise.”
“I didn’t see the situation but for sure I saw a good cross and a good header,”
“Then we’ll see tomorrow or in two days the highlights of the game. When you concede two goals you have to improve.
“We are top of the table because we are working a lot, but for sure this league is very tough and we must continue to work and improve. A defeat can happen against Tottenham, now it’s important to restart.”
So the Chelsea manager knows there is plenty of work still to do this season and will clearly have his team ready to go next time out in the Premier League when he will be looking for them to start another winning streak. Next on their agenda however comes Peterborough in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on Sunday at Stamford Bridge which should provide the Blues with a great opportunity to get straight back to winning ways.