Match Review – Tottenham Hotspur 5-3 Chelsea

The first day of 2015 brought a London derby to the Lane. Oh, what a brilliant game it was! Goals galore in this one read about it below…

Walker turned on his afterburners to bypass multiple Chelsea defenders, whose cross wasn’t so mesmerising, but dangerous nevertheless. Later Fabregas put a near perfect ball to Diego Costa, who was well marshalled by Fazio and Vertonghen.

Unfortunately, this promise was short lived. Rose was skinned by Hazard, who struck the post, it fell to Oscar who drilled to the back post where Diego Costa (unmarked by Rose) tapped it in. Poor defending.

But, move over Chelsea! Hello, Harry Kane! The young man held off multiple Chelsea defenders before dispatching a powerful strike into the bottom left corner past a despairing Courtois. Excellent equaliser.

Four minutes before halftime, Chadli was inches offside before he only just clipped the post. Ever so close. It foreshadowed a moment of true glory moments later…

Eriksen slipped Chadli through on goal, who struck the post again. It fell to Rose who placed it calmly home for Spurs to go ahead before the second half. But Spurs weren’t done there!!

Harry Kane used his energetic pace to get first to the ball before Cahill cynically cut him down. A penalty was given. Up stepped Andros Townsend, who coolly placed the ball into the bottom right corner to convert the penalty. Spurs had gone two goals up at half time!

Tottenham started the second half strongly. Possession of the ball and calmness saw the ball swiftly move up the pitch. But, nothing could have prepared Spurs fans for the next play.

Chadli slipped in Kane, who turned on a 50 pence piece with a beautiful touch, before curling into the bottom right corner. What a goal!! Renditions of the now famous song “Harry Kane he’s one of our own” rang around the ground.

Fazio let Chelsea back in the game in the 60th minute. Fazio ran straight into the Chelsea player, who broke and set Hazard to score with his first touch. Poor play.

Kane was very nearly in for his hat-trick, but after Paulinho’s chipped through ball, he brought it down perfectly, however the angle forced him into a cross, no one waiting in the middle.

But, Kane did not give up and redeemed himself by setting up Nacer Chadli for the 5th goal. Chadli drifted inside and smashed home past Courtois. What a game, what a goal!

Goals continued to poor out of this game. Terry unmarked on the back post from a free kick scored possibly the easiest goal of his career. It gave Chelsea more hope towards the final few minutes. Another poor goal conceded.

The final whistle ended a fantastic game finishing 5-3 to Tottenham Hotspur. What a fantastic start to 2015 for the club.

Player ratings:

Lloris: Stranded for the goals, good goalkeeping elsewhere. (Good)

Walker: Energetic, electric pace causing Chelsea problems. (Good)
Fazio: Strong for the majority of the match, poor to give Chelsea a second goal though. (Good)
Vertonghen: Jan in good form, good tackling, interceptions and headers. (Excellent)
Rose: Great commitment for the goal. However, he was at fault for the first goal conceded. (Good)

Bentaleb: Fought well, passionate and trying to make the right decisions on the ball (Good)
Mason: Picked up another injury. Let’s hope he gets better soon. (N/A)
Chadli: Powerful, dangerous and causing problems for the Chelsea defence all night long. (Excellent)
Eriksen: Insightful passing (Good)
Townsend: Great penalty. (Good)

Kane: This man will never cease to amaze you. Great goals and penalty win. Contender for his best game of his career. (MOTM)

Subs:
Dembele: Did well to replace Mason early on whilst the game was at its hottest. (Good)
Paulinho: Good skills and passing. Back in form? (Good)
Davies: Solid defending replacing an injured Rose (Good)

By Declan Wiseman

A message from Declan –

“This has been my swan-song, my final match review. I’ve really enjoyed writing up the results of each game and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the reviews. Due to time constraints, I will be stepping down from my role. I bid you the best of 2015. Let’s hope our beloved Tottenham can achieve big this year! As always, Come on you Spurs!”

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