Antonio Conte’s pessimism was justified as Chelsea show class but Tottenham could be more daring


Chasing a 2–0 loss to Chelsea underlined the gap in the square between Antonio Conte’s current and former clubs, as the Italian suffered a pitiful return at Stamford Bridge.

It remains to be wondered whether Conte has been overly cautious in his assessment of Tottenham during an encouraging start, consistently speaking of his challenges to finish in the top four or win silverware this season – but this performance has dented his pessimism. Justified it.

Amid all the attention on Romelu Lukaku’s return, Conte will be particularly disappointed that his side gifted Chelsea two goals within 35 minutes, with Davinson Sánchez and Ben Davies ultimately more lethal than Belgium in the hosts’ penalty box.

Both goals were Japhet Tanganga’s fault, with the young defender selling Emerson Royal as the opener to Kai Havertz, who was converted by Sanchez on his own line, before hitting a free-kick into Davis for his own goal. was leading.

Chelsea’s second half may have been accidental, but it was nothing short of deserving of an absolutely impressive first half, in which they overtook Spurs and should have scored more.

On the eve of the game, Conte said that Spurs must improve their mindset to be winners and that the match had many familiar hallmarks of previous big-game failures.

He started slow – allowing Lukaku to move into a dangerous position within seconds – and conceded early from a preventable mistake, while many of his senior players were simply ineffective or anonymous. Pierre-एmile Hjberg fought, while Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane barely snuffed out.

Sure, Spurs improved after the hiatus, when Conte switched to the back four and introduced Tanguy Ndombele, but they were rarely forced to return to the game as Chelsea kept their rivals at arm’s length. was kept.

The Blues should have scored more, with Timo Werner going twice as close in the second half, and the only rest for Spurs surviving the tie before next Wednesday’s second leg in north London.

The gap between the sides is perhaps best demonstrated by the depth of the managers’ squad.

Thomas Tuchel was missing three senior centre-backs, including Thiago Silva, who tested positive for Covid, but the sheer strength of his squad meant the young Malang sir was barely tested alongside Antonio Rudiger. it was done.