EPL: Revived under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea hands Spurs 3rd straight loss

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A Chelsea victory that prolonged the group’s revival under Thomas Tuchel left Tottenham experiencing new lows under Jose Mourinho.

Not since 2012 has Tottenham endured three consecutive Premier League losses. Never earlier than in his managerial profession has Mourinho misplaced back-to-back house league video games.

Being high of the league two months in the past is turning into a distant reminiscence for Tottenham after shedding 1-0 to Mourinho’s former facet on Thursday.

Tottenham’s poor kind was punctuated by the best way Eric Dier recklessly tripped Timo Werner to concede the penalty, which Jorginho transformed within the twenty fourth minute.

Now it’s Chelsea on the up once more since Frank Lampard was fired 10 days in the past, with two wins and a draw under Tuchel transferring the London membership as much as sixth, 4 factors from Liverpool in fourth place.

While solely a single aim separated the edges, Chelsea managed the sport and prevented being unsettled by defender Thiago Silva limping off within the first half.

Chelsea’s Jorginho scores a penalty shot through the English Premier League match between Tottenham and Chelsea on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (Clive Rose/Pool through AP)

“It is the style the manager wants us to play and it has been working well,” stated Mason Mount, who was so usually the impetus of Chelsea’s attacking risk. “It is new, it’s completely different for a few of us gamers. We are all studying however it’s clearly going properly to date.

“It makes it difficult for any team we play against they don’t know what we are going to be coming with. I have been playing a bit deeper so being up in the box a little bit more I need to work on my finishing.”

While Chelsea’s pursuit of the Champions League locations was given a raise, Tottenham is slipping away from the highest 4 in a disappointing second season in cost for Mourinho.

Tottenham is seven factors from fourth in eighth place having performed a recreation much less, and is sorely lacking the injured Harry Kane, who might return from ankle accidents subsequent week. Tottenham was additionally crushed at its stadium final Thursday by Liverpool, earlier than collapsing at Brighton.

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Perhaps the one reduction for Mourinho is that supporters stay shut out of the stadium as a result of pandemic so couldn’t vent their irritation on the stoop.

Mourinho, although, wasn’t so pessimistic.

“In the second half we were different, the spirit was different, the confidence too,” Mourinho stated. “At the end the feeling that I have is that the team stuck together until the end, fought until the end … and to finish the game with this positive spirit helps.”

Still, the scenario at Spurs appears miles away from the glory days of Mourinho’s two spells at Chelsea when he lifted the Premier League trophy thrice and turned Stamford Bridge right into a fortress.

Given the group’s present stoop, Mourinho will likely be hoping Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is extra affected person than Chelsea proprietor Roman Abramovich.

It was Abramovich’s restlessness that noticed Mourinho fired twice, a part of a managerial carousel at Chelsea that additionally led to Frank Lampard being dismissed final month.

Chelsea had been leaking targets under Lampard however has but to concede in three video games under Tuchel.

“Every experience we make is a step forward if we are open to learn from it,” Tuchel stated.

Tottenham’s toothless efficiency additionally raised questions as to why winger Gareth Bale was left on the bench. However, Mourinho wouldn’t say why Bale — again on mortgage at Tottenham from Real Madrid — is missed so usually.

Mourinho was extra vocal criticizing a penalty that appeared an apparent one given away by Dier.

“It is a penalty that is difficult to accept,” Mourinho stated. “So to lose the game to a penalty like this is a bit painful.”

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