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Tuchel proves Mourinho right as Chelsea make Kane’s absence felt

Thomas Tuchel proved Jose Mourinho right.

It does look pretty easy to manage Chelsea right now and a lot harder to be in charge of Tottenham when they do not have Harry Kane.

Tuchel made it two wins and a draw from his first three games, has even got a tune out of Timo Werner and Chelsea look a team transformed, way too good for Tottenham.

Spurs boss Mourinho, who tried to wind up Tuchel before the game by claiming how easy it is to win trophies at Chelsea, suffered the indignity of Tottenham losing three league games in a row for the first time since 2012.

And the reason looks so obvious as they miss Kane so much. They looked toothless without him and the only salvation was there were no fans at White Hart Lane otherwise Mourinho might have a revolt on his hands.

Thomas Tuchel edged the battle with Jose Mourinho on a sorry night for Spurs

At times, Tottenham looked a team wracked with fear, a team without a plan. They were limp and half hearted for much of the game and, for what feels like the umpteenth time, their season is at a dangerous crossroads.

Mourinho seems like a good option when they are winning, the fans will probably stomach some of his counter attacking tactics if it brings success but it feels rather depressing when it does not work.

In contrast, Chelsea now have a real confidence, Tuchel has given them a new belief and energy which was far too much for Tottenham – especially in an embarrassingly one-sided first half.

Tuchel will keep us entertained on the touchline, bouncing up and down while screaming at his players but his methods are clearly working as they have yet to concede since he took charge.

Jorginho's first-half penalty proved to be the difference after Eric Dier's mistake
Jorginho’s first-half penalty proved to be the difference after Eric Dier’s mistake

The only negative for Chelsea was they did not put the game out of sight long before Tottenham did give them a few nervy moments as they chased what would have been an undeserved equaliser. But while it is only 1-0…

Tuchel’s main point of frustration was Werner who won the deciding penalty and yet clearly has much work to do to please his manager as the £50m striker constantly chose the wrong pass or play broke down when the ball reached him.

But it was Werner’s contribution in the 24th minute which ultimately secured Chelsea’s victory and will give them hope of still being able to reach the top four.

Cesar Azpilicueta’s ball over the top split the Spurs defence open, Werner raced through and Eric Dier brought him down with a rash and crazy challenge in the box.

Chelsea are three games unbeaten under Tuchel following their win in north London
Chelsea are three games unbeaten under Tuchel following their win in north London

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho did not bother with his usual hop, skip and jump – but instead just despatched the ball into the left corner, beyond Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris’s dive.

The problem for Tottenham was, without Kane, they lack a focal point for their attack and the one time that Carlos Vinicius got the ball in a dangerous position, he delayed his pass to release Son and the opening was gone. Kane would have done it without thinking.

Mason Mount had an excellent game for Chelsea who had at least three other chances to put the game to bed as Christian Pulisic, Mateo Kovacic and Werner all went close.

For Tottenham, they at least battled and were better in the second half. They rallied late on as Heung-Min Son fired over and they applied some pressure but it was too little too late and now their season appears to be slipping away, too.




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