Chelsea

The captain of Chelsea, Cesar Azpilicueta’s warning to Tottenham Hotspur of the big game on Saturday, worked in the host’s favour. Chelsea faced Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Cesar Azpilicueta is seeming to be pumped up ahead of the tie. The Blues’ skipper had told that the players that must be ready ahead of this match. The defeat against Manchester United in the previous match has been crucial for the Blues. They have been holding a lead of four points in the top-four race. However, now the gap between these two sides is one point.

According to Cesar Azpilicueta’s message, the Londoners have lost the advantage in the top four race and the time has come to regain the advantage.

Chelsea have thrashed Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge with a margin of 2-1. Here are the talking points of the match :

1. Frank Lampard’s Formation Change:

The manager of the Blues, Frank Lampard has changed his formation to 3-4-2-1 in this match against Tottenham Hotspur. The team has failed against Manchester United with a typical 4-3-3 formation. In the previous encounter against Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea have been victorious with using a three-back system. So, the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Jose Mourinho has predicted that the Blues would come back with the same system again at Stamford Bridge. The three back system has worked quite well in this match also. Tottenham Hotspur have not been able to create such opportunities in this match.

2. Olivier Giroud Is Back Into Goals:

The manager of Chelsea, Frank Lampard has underestimated the potential of Olivier Giroud from the beginning of the season. Tammy Abraham has been the first choice centre forward for the Blues. Michy Batshuyai has come just behind Abraham in the pecking order.

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However, after getting ample opportunities throughout the whole season, Michy Batshuyai has failed to prove himself. So, Frank Lampard has given Olivier Giroud a place in the starting lineup as Tammy Abraham is still not match-fit. Olivier Giroud has given Chelsea the much-needed lead in the match with a brilliant finish. The impact of Olivier Giroud against Tottenham Hotspur has been immense. With this performance, the star French centre forward will be in the contention to be in the starting lineup of the Blues against Bayern Munich.

3. Marcos Alonso Hates Tottenham Hotspur:

Marcos Alonso has scored the important second goal in the match for the Blues. His left-footed strike at the 48th minute of the match has proved to be crucial for the Blues. Marcos Alonso generally plays well when he starts as the left wing-back in the three centre back system. He has been phenomenal against Tottenham Hotspur too on Saturday.

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4. Lo Celso Should Have Been Sent Off:

Giovanni Lo Celso should have been sent off against Chelsea after his challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta. After the review, VAR has decided to give no red card for this offence. However, after the end of the match, VAR has declared it as a human error. The debate on using VAR will now get more intense in the next few days.