It was difficult to watch Tottenham Hotspur lose to Chelsea 4-1 in the Premier League last week. There were some amazing moments for Spurs supporters in it.
All in all, though, it was a fantastic night to support Chelsea. Supporters of Tottenham can choose to abstain from all football until their team plays next.
It is a fairly effective coping strategy after your team has been thoroughly humiliated. However, as manager, Angele Postecoglou really can’t afford to do that.
Aside from the obvious question regarding the injuries to important players, the Greek-Australian tactician was asked if he had watched his team’s loss to Chelsea again during his most recent pre-game press conference.
Postecoglou has his say
Through Football.London, he responded:
“When I looked at it without the emotion, I thought we did a fantastic job for the first twenty minutes. We really got going with some of our football and picked up the pace. Then, for a brief period of six or seven minutes, we lost our cool and had to pay the price.
“The remainder of the game was challenging because there appeared to be a lot of outside interference, which prevented you from really sitting back and analyzing how you could have handled things differently.
There is so much needless interruption of the game that ultimately it is just two teams fighting for a point, nothing more.
That’s a reasonable evaluation of the game. We appeared in control for the first fifteen to twenty minutes. At Stamford Bridge, the players appeared fired up to produce a memorable outcome, and Dejan Kulusevski’s goal in the sixth minute put us ahead.
However, as Ange pointed out, we paid a price for our attention deficits. Maybe our players were overly energized. With Cristian Romero’s red card, we knew we were in for a long night.
It just seemed like it wasn’t our day when Guglielmo Vicario dove the correct way but couldn’t stop Cole Palmer’s subsequent penalty. We managed to get results when we played with ten men in the past.
We could have potentially won the match or at least drawn it if Destiny Udogie hadn’t lost his composure and tackled Raheem Sterling ten minutes into the second half. After that, the result was inevitable—especially given the high-line strategy we used—but we can be thankful for the 20 minutes we managed to hold onto with nine men. Undoubtedly, this was a unique game.