Premier League week 13

Tottenham Hotspur reached thirty points and take over third place after their win [3-1] in the London derby against Chelsea. The Spurs dominated this game from the start and lead by two goals just after the quarter mark. 

The Blues had no answer today ands conceded a third goal in the first moments of the second half. Down three goals, Chelsea by Giroud found the net when any suspense in the game was already over. 

Chelsea are now relegated to fourth place, seven points behind the leader Manchester City.

THFC coach Pochettino on the big win:

“We are so pleased and the players deserve all the credit,. They were fantastic and their attitude was amazing. Now the big challenge is to be consistent and to show (that) that performance is a thing to be optimistic for the future.

I don’t need to say too much. You don’t need to talk, just give the credit to the players. They talked on the pitch and they need to be praised for everything. It’s a really pleasing result and performance to go with it.

In the league this season that’s been the only criticism, that the performances haven’t really matched the results, so the feeling has been a bit strange in that sense.

“But today the performance definitely matched the result.”

Chelsea coach, Sarri on the loss:

I knew very well we had a lot of problems to solve and today that was clear for everybody. I hope first of all for the players, because I told them in the last week that we had big problems with our approach to matches and today was the same, but the level of the opponent was different and in 16 minutes it was 2-0.

Today I saw a lot of problems because we played very badly, physically, mentally, technically, especially in the first 25 minutes, tactically, so we have a lot to work on and a lot of problems to solve. But I knew that very well before this match and now it’s clear for everybody, I hope firstly for the players.

We have to work in training. You know very well it’s not easy, unfortunately we have no time, we have to play every three days so it’s very difficult to have training just for improving the team and single players. We only have time to prepare for the next match.

But we have to do something because today the defensive phase was a disaster. I’m not talking about the defensive line, the defensive phase. The offensive players pressed very badly. The midfielders didn’t defend well and as a consequence the defensive line was a disaster.