Maurico Pochettino marked his return to Tottenham as Chelsea supervisor with a 4-1 victory in opposition to 9 gamers which does not start to inform half the story on a wide ranging Monday Evening Soccer.
Ange Postecoglou’s aspect took the lead after solely six minutes as Dejan Kulusevski minimize inside from the correct and his shot deflected off Levi Colwill and spun past the wrongfooted Robert Sanchez.
However VAR then took centre stage earlier than Chelsea levelled by means of a Cole Palmer penalty (35). First Heung-min Son had a disallowed objective confirmed as offside earlier than Raheem Sterling had a objective dominated out for handball after a overview and Moises Caicedo had an effort disallowed for offside.
However within the build-up to the ultimate incident, Cristian Romero was adjudged to have fouled Enzo Fernandez within the field and was proven a purple card by referee Michael Oliver.
Spurs have been lowered to 9 males when Future Udogie was proven a second yellow card for a late problem on Sterling (55). Pochettino’s males finally took the lead with quarter-hour remaining as Nicholas Jackson slotted dwelling after being arrange by Sterling’s sq. ball.
There was nonetheless time for Son to be denied by Sanchez in stoppage time earlier than Conor Gallagher squared for Jackson to faucet dwelling his second on the counter-attack (90+4). Spurs have been overwhelmed however Jackson wasn’t completed as he raced by means of to finish his hat-trick as he raced onto Palmer’s by means of ball to spherical Vicario and end.
It means Manchester Metropolis stay prime of the Premier League with Spurs staying in second place – some extent adrift – whereas Chelsea transfer into the highest half of the desk.
Tottenham: Vicario (8), Porro (7), Romero (4), Van de Ven (6), Udogie (5); Bissouma (7), Sarr (7); Kulusevski (7), Maddison (6), Johnson (7); Son (7).
Subs: Skipp (6), Hojbjerg (7), Royal (6), Dier (7), Bentancur (6).
Chelsea: Sanchez (6); James (7), Silva (6), Colwill (5), Disasi (6); Caicedo (6), Gallagher (7), Fernandez (6); Palmer (7), Jackson (8), Sterling (8).
Subs: Cucurella (6), Mudryk (6), Gusto (6).
Man of the match: Nicolas Jackson.
How chaos unfolded on Pochettino’s return
A lightshow and Bittersweet Symphony performed out overhead earlier than probably the most chaotic Premier League match in current reminiscence unfolded. Kulusevski lit the blue contact paper when he was present in area by Pape Sarr earlier than chopping inside and seeing his opportune shot deflect past Robert Sanchez through the again of Levi Colwill.
Heung-min Son then rightly had a objective disallowed from Brennan Johnson’s cross, because the offside flag marginally got here to Chelsea’s rescue.
Ange Postecoglou made two adjustments. Future Udogie returned to the Tottenham beginning XI having missed the 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace with a knock. He changed the absent Ben Davies at left-back. There was additionally a begin for Brennan Johnson rather than Richarlison, with the Brazilian dropping to the bench.
Chelsea made two adjustments from their final Premier League outing, the 2-0 dwelling loss to Brentford. Marc Cucurella got here out as Reece James returned to captain the aspect. Noni Madueke was dropped as Enzo Fernandez returned to midfield. Benoît Badiashile and Mykhailo Mudryk have been named on the bench.
“Tottenham’s gamers are in quick ahead,” mentioned Gary Neville. “Chelsea’s gamers are nonetheless working this sport out.”
It had the look of a routine dwelling win for the early-season pacesetters till Udogie’s rash lunge on Sterling escaped a red-card overview. However Chelsea had been angered, and Spurs by no means regained their heads.
Sterling had the ball within the web following a sweeping transfer, however this time VAR John Brooks got here to Spurs’ rescue. Sterling had dealt with, however Romero had been lucky to not see purple after a petulant swipe on Colwill within the build-up.
Seven minutes later, the ball was once more within the Tottenham web as Moises Caicedo rifled past Vicario from vary. Nicolas Jackson was adjudged to have been in an offside place within the line of imaginative and prescient for the Spurs goalkeeper, however Chelsea wouldn’t be denied as VAR deemed Romero had fouled Enzo Fernandez contained in the field.
Following a prolonged delay, referee Michael Oliver was suggested to seek the advice of his pitchside monitor and Romero was despatched off for extreme pressure. Palmer would actual the last word double punishment with a 3rd transformed spot-kick, albeit solely simply as Vicario tipped his effort onto the publish.
It continued to unravel for Tottenham earlier than half-time as James Maddison was pressured off with an ankle harm earlier than Micky van de Ven felt the again on his hamstring. Postecoglou appeared to the skies, his aspect wanted to regroup. Pochettino smelt blood, however Reece James was then lucky to not be part of Romero after elevating his arm into Udogie’s face.
First-half VAR controversy
13 minutes: Johnson feeds the ball throughout from the left and Son sidefoots dwelling, however the flag goes up.
18 minutes: Udogie goes into the e-book for a rash problem on Sterling. It was two-footed however he avoids a purple.
21 minutes: Sterling drives into the field and shoots at objective, the ball hits Porro after which the hand of the Chelsea winger earlier than he converts. Within the build-up Romero swipes at Colwill however avoids punishment. Objective is disallowed for handball.
28 minutes: Caicedo finds the web from vary however the objective is disallowed with Jackson standing in an offside place and interfering with Vicario’s line of imaginative and prescient.
31 minutes: After a prolonged VAR test, Chelsea are awarded a penalty for a foul by Romero on Fernandez within the build-up to Caicedo’s shot. Romero is shipped off for utilizing extreme pressure.
45+11 minutes: James avoids a purple card on VAR overview after elevating his arm into the face of Udogie.
Spurs started the second half nicely, however they have been lowered to 9 males at dwelling for the primary time within the Premier League when Udogie was proven a second yellow card for hauling down Sterling.
Postecoglou appeared to his bench and summoned Rodrigo Bentancur and Oliver Skipp.
However now, solely 4 gamers in white to have began the sport have been nonetheless on the pitch as Nicolas Jackson inexplicably missed from shut vary as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg headed his effort over the bar. James fizzed a shot huge earlier than Vicario leapt on the toes to save lots of beautifully from Marc Cucurella.
However Spurs endured with enjoying a excessive defensive position and finally paid for it when Sterling broke and crossed for Jackson to make it 2-1. Tottenham now needed to assault and thought they levelled when Eric Dier sidefooted dwelling a volley, solely to be flagged offside.
In stoppage time, Jackson transformed Gallagher’s cross from 10 yards to make the sport secure simply seconds after Son missed an opportunity to equalise. There was nonetheless time for Jackson to finish an unlikely hat-trick and one other break previous a excessive defensive position to ignite his Chelsea profession.
Spurs and Chelsea serve up PL traditional
Sky Sports activities’ Ben Grounds on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium:
It was a night which in fact pushed again the boundaries of incredulity. It was the primary time a house aspect have been overwhelmed 4-1 at dwelling and acquired a standing ovation.
The phrases of Peter Drury and Gary Neville. All of it turned the return of Pochettino into an after-thought. Postecoglou applauded the South Stand. Spurs may have levelled in stoppage time, however ended up shedding by three – and Nicolas Jackson may nonetheless have added to his hat-trick.
For therefore lengthy in that second half, you questioned if this was Chelsea pushing the boundaries of simply how unhealthy their ending may get. However they’d prevail ultimately.
5 targets scored. 5 targets disallowed. Two purple playing cards, a penalty. However ultimately, three factors on his return to Tottenham for Pochettino. This was an on the spot Premier League traditional.
FPL Stats: Tottenham 1-4 Chelsea
|Objectives||Kulusevski, Palmer, Jackson (3)|
|Assists||Sarr, Fernandez, Gallagher, Sterling, Palmer|
|Bonus factors||Jackson (3), Palmer (2), Gallagher (1)|
Tottenham subsequent journey to Wolves on Saturday within the lunchtime sport, kick-off 12.30pm. They then are again in motion stay on Sky Sports activities after the worldwide break when Aston Villa go to north London on November 26, kick-off 2pm.
Chelsea face a tough check in champions Manchester Metropolis at Stamford Bridge subsequent Sunday stay on Sky Sports activities, kick-off 4.30pm. They then go to Newcastle after the worldwide break on November 25, kick-off 3pm.