Chelsea Loss All but Ends Title Hopes

Chelsea beat Spurs

Well, that wasn’t supposed to happen.

After the weekends disappointing defeat away to Burnley, the trip to Stamford Bridge was a chance for redemption and to show the top two that Tottenham remain serious title contenders.

Unfortunately, in just 180 minutes of Premier League football, Spurs have gone from chasing down City and Liverpool to glancing nervously over their shoulders at the chasing pack.

Four-points is the gap back to (dare we say it) Arsenal, whilst eight-points is the gap ahead to Manchester City after Wednesday nights games and in an instant all attention turns to the Champions League in a bid to avoid the season petering out into nothing more than third place (if we’re lucky).

Optimism was high heading into Wednesday’s game despite the weekend loss as the constant turmoil surrounding Chelsea looked like it had the potential to majorly derail the Blues.

The big news before the game was that Chelsea’s trouble making goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped to the bench which appeared to take much of the pre-game pressure away from the Lilywhites and compound Chelsea’s woes but quite the opposite ensued.

Pedro put the home side ahead after the break as the Spaniard broke through and beat Hugo Lloris at his near post.

As Tottenham began to run out of idea’s, their own woes were compounded when Kieran Trippier passed the ball into his own net after embarrassing confusion with Lloris.

Chelsea started to look like the side that went on that seventeen-match unbeaten run at the start of the season with troubled head coach Maurizio Sarri proving many doubters wrong.

It is just a shame the same cannot be said of Tottenham with the game threatening to spill over in the latter stages and Harry Kane receiving a silly yellow card.

The big week continues for Tottenham with the North London derby on Saturday before the second leg against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

It is time for Pochettino to instil the mettle that the club has had for a majority of the season and prove that tiredness is not finally catching up on the Lilywhites squad.