26-year-old is vulnerable: Three things we learned about Chelsea in defeat to Tottenham
By Dominic Toner
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat against Tottenham in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Moses is vulnerable defensively
Victor Moses has been one of the revelations for Chelsea this season, but Antonio Conte may have to drop him during games against their title rivals. The 26-year-old has settled well into the right wing-back role and is extremely useful again lesser oppositions. However, games such as away to Tottenham he will be called upon to defend. Spurs attacker Dele Alli scored two headed goals and he found space on Moses’ flank both times. He will also worked extremely hard by Danny Rose and lost out in that individual battle. Chelsea do still have defensive veteran Branislav Ivanovic in their squad and he could be a better option at full-back for the crucial matches.
Fabregas needs starting role
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was dropped from the side against Spurs and they lacked his creativity. The 29-year-old had three assists in his previous two games and was left out for Nemanja Matic. Conte needs to find a position for Fabregas as he has the magic to unlock defences. He came on to the pitch late on and with Chelsea two goals down, meaning that he had no hope of influencing the match. The Blues decided to play both Matic and N’Golo Kante to help provide defensive cover, but perhaps would have shown more attacking intent by starting Fabregas. The Spaniard has been in great form recently and his link up play with Diego Costa is something that must be exploited more.
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Title race is far from over
Chelsea had already won the title according to some people after 13 consecutive victories, but defeat at Spurs has reminded everyone how competitive the Premier League is. Conte’s side must be pleased with the five-point gap they have at the top of the table and regroup to start another winning run. The Blues knew their winning run would come to an end and the title is not win in January. There are still six teams who have not given up on winning the title and Chelsea must now capitalise on their strong position, starting with Leicester away in their next league game.
In other Chelsea news, Stan Collymore claims that only two Spurs players would get in the club’s team.