Spurs 3 Chelsea 1
Dele 8 Kane 16 Son 54 Giroud 85
On Sky’s Sunday Supplement Matt Law (Telegraph) nailed it immediately :
“I was very impressed by how Pochettino set up. He beat Sarri up on the day, to be honest.”
He said that Spurs had secured agreement that Son wouldn’t play for South Korea last week, and was full of energy compared with the other international players.
He noted that while Pochettino got everything right, Sarri got everything wrong :
“He put Dele Alli on Jorginho, almost man-marking him at times, and that worked amazingly. Chelsea were attacking and it kept breaking down because the ball was allowed to go to Kante and his distribution is probably his weakest point. He’d pinpointed that.”
When told by Jeremy Cross (Daily Star) that Pochetino hasn’t won anything and that fans crave trophies, Matt insisted that while the occasional League Cup would be very nice, “Pochettino is giving them a lot more than a good day out at Wembley. He’s completely changed the whole club. It’s worth more than one of those trophies, what he’s done so far. The problem is that they’re operating in an era where, as you say, Manchester City are becoming almost untouchable.”
Matt said that, “They could have lost five or six.”
Host Neil Ashton then said,”That could have been the half-time score!”
When Matt said, “They were actually fortunate to lose 3-1,” I had to smile because on Saturday night I’d tweeted:
CHELSEA WERE LUCKY TO LOSE 3-1.
COULD HAVE BEEN 6-0.
SARRI, LIKE CONTE, WAITS TOO LONG TO CHANGE IT.
If 0-2 down at HT, bring on PEDRO and GIROUD!
Dele gave Son the ball down the right flank for the third goal but it was a thrilling solo goal that was completely self-made. Does Dele get an assist? No idea. I don’t know the Opta protocols.
Rocking match, I loved it.
But I never thought that derby would be so one-sided.
Harry Kane missed a sitter from six yards but he’s scored 25 goals in London derbies so far.
Talking about Sunday’s game to friends on Monday, I said this : on Saturday morning Gooners will be thinking that a draw is a good result and on Sunday morning they’ll be thinking that a draw would be a great result.
Yes, Unai Emery has achieved consistency quickly: 17 games unbeaten.
How has he got those results? By not losing the first half of games – and by winning the second half.
Spurs can lose to Inter Milan and go out of the Champions League. A draw will also eliminate them. So will Pochettino’s team be flat after that?
And if Spurs win, will they be flying or knackered?
Either way, Arsenal have more preparation time for this North London derby and I think it’s a bigger game for Arsenal than it is for Spurs.
If Emery can’t close the gap on Pochettino now, with home advantage and more training time, when will he close it?
MORE ON THE DERBY LATER THIS WEEK…