By Editor Wayne Veysey
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday.
Pedro nails down first-team place
Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are the undisputed Chelsea star men but the third of the club’s in-form forwards is having just as much fun. Pedro drew the home side level on the verge of half-time with an exquisite curling finish into the top corner. It was the Spaniard’s third Premier League goal of the season and he now has an impressive tally of three goals and five assists from his last six matches in the competition. Willian and Oscar will wonder where there next start is coming from as Pedro shows no signs of giving up his starting place.
Conte’s side can dig out wins
There is more than one way to crack the Premier League. Antonio Conte’s side have blown opponents away with some eyecatching attacking displays in the last two months. But this a different type of display from Chelsea. They were well below par, particularly in the opening period when Tottenham controlled the match, but absorbed the pressure, scored a crucial equaliser before half-time and then there only looked like one winner. The way Chelsea came back in the second half says much about Conte’s ability as a coach to reshuffle, inspire his players, reshuffle and get them back on track. This Chelsea side have a wonderful knack of digging in to get a result and are undoubted title challengers.
Chelsea midfield can be over-run
In the opening period, the west Londoners were trapped in their own half with Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama particularly strong at closing the home team down high up the pitch and Dele Alli thriving in the No10 role. Chelsea were utterly ineffective in those opening stages and looking back upon them they might have been grateful that more damage was not done. The N’Golo Kante-Nemanja Matic axis is a fine one but it is by no means impregnable. Chelsea’s midfield were over-run at times by Spurs.