When you think you are all the way up and feel no one can stop you, only to be pulled down in a susceptible manner and at a moment you least expect.
Such was the god-like feelings of Chelsea FC and their fans prior to their first humbling defeat of the season at the hands of a high spirited Tottenham FC at Wembley.
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THE INDOMITABLE SARRI'S CHELSEA..
Coming into the season, Chelsea had one major motive in mind, "Snatch the league away from Manchester City". They started the season in the summer, and in the best way possible. They replaced their coach with a another tactical and experienced manager who has showed the world his tactical prowess in the managerial seat at Napoli FC. Maurizio Sarri replaced Antonio Conte at Chelsea and made sure he brought along with him, Jorginho. A holding midfielder that played a vital part in helping Sarri promote his game plans to near-perfection. The summer also saw the snatching of hard working midfielder, Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid on a loan deal and purchasing of Spanish goal keeper Kepa, who was coming in from the back of a very impressive performance for Athletic Bilbao in Spain.
These three players strengthened the squad of Chelsea and without doubt, increased their ratings on paper. The season started with Sarri showing the football world what they are to expect, his coming into the team saw the overlooked David Luis return to the central defence. He immediately stamped his authority by deploying his favorite ball juggler, Jorginho in the holding midfield. Former holding midfielder, Ngolo Kante, had to be pushed forward to accommodate the former Napoli man.
Chelsea had abundance of class in every position on the field, as evidence of their unbeaten run for 19 consecutive matches, they have either won or drawn against the big teams bar Manchester City, these series of impressive displays made them look capable of snatching the title from defenders Manchester City. They were only one of three English Premier League teams unbeaten in the season and they looked like never letting that slip away until last weekend.
TOTTENHAM VS CHELSEA..
Tottenham hasn't been bad on their own path, they have only lost twice in the league, with one of them against title defenders City with just a goal difference and the other against an impressive and rejuvenated Watford team.
The head to head records for the past five matches between Tottenham and Chelsea favoured the former, but the recent standard of the Chelsea team and their insatiable urge to match league leaders and defending champions, Manchester City gave the odds in their favor, little did we know that Tottenham had already outlined Chelsea's deficiencies and looked to hurt them with it.
Tottenham came out with a gung-ho approach, as evident with the coach deploying a three man attacking midfielder to support their striker Harry Kane. This worked to great effect as one of the attacking midfielder was on hand to score the first goal of the match in the 8th minute, through a headed cross from his fellow attacking midfielder. Tottenham's wish to score first and hassle Chelsea's key starter to their engine room, Jorginho worked to great effects as he was constantly pressed effectively and lacked space to exploit for most part of the match.
From the edge of the 18 yard box, Tottenham striker Harry Kane scored in the 16th minute to go 2-0 up for Tottenham. The match looked to be closing Chelsea's unbeaten run and in the 54th minute, Son, another of the three attacking midfielders of Tottenham ran past a "lost in the desert" Jorginho to score the goal that sealed the tie in their favor.
Substitute, Oliver Giroud would later score a goal in the 85th minute for Chelsea, it turned out to be a consolation goal as Tottenham held on to finish the match assured of the three points.
Chelsea were humans after all..
My motivational message to Chelsea and especially their coach is, "The downfall of a man is not the end of his life" I believe they will come back stronger..
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