LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of returning to the top of the Premier League were dashed in style after they lost 4-1 at home to Chelsea after Nicholas Jackson’s defeat in a turbulent London derby ended the match. . With nine men on Monday.
It was a triumphant Spurs return for Mauricio Pochettino, who achieved the biggest win of his short spell at Chelsea, although few could have imagined how it would be achieved on a dazzling night filled with VAR decisions, sheer ferocity, blocked goals and injuries.
Previously unbeaten Spurs extended their lead six minutes later due to Dejan Kulusevski’s converted shot and minutes later Heung-Min’s second goal was ruled out for offside.
However, in scenes reminiscent of the infamous ‘extension skirmish’ in 2016 when Chelsea spoiled any title expectations for a Pochettino-led Spurs side, the hosts’ night unraveled in a way that could have a real impact on their’s season.
Focus back Cristian Romero was shipped off after a VAR check for a perilous tackle that brought about a punishment scored by Cole Palmer and Prods then lost his cautious accomplice Micky van de Ven and playmaker James Maddison to injury before halftime.
Fate Udogie was shown a subsequent yellow card 10 minutes after the break leaving the home side holding tight for a point.
Chelsea in the long run made the most of their mathematical benefit as Jackson put them ahead from short proximity in the 75th moment – the objective remaining after one more VAR check for offside. Tottenham had an adjuster by substitute Eric Dier precluded for offside and Child saw a work saved in stoppage time by Robert Sanchez before Jackson wrapped it up with two added-time endeavors before the blissful Chelsea fans.
A first association rout for Ange Postecoglou’s side leaves them in runner up with 26 focuses from 11 games, one behind champions Manchester City. Chelsea’s fourth association win of the time moved them up to tenth with 15 places.
Australian Postecoglou said his most memorable Head Association rout was difficult to break down.
“On the off chance that we get a red card, we cop it and we continue onward. Rather we as a whole are only waiting around hanging tight for choices. I’m simply an elderly person yelling at the mists however,” he said of the various VAR choices that disturbed the activity.
“The aftermath we must manage.”
Tottenham have partaken in their best beginning to a first class season starting around 1960 with Postecoglou the first supervisor to go unbeaten in quite a while initial 10 Head Association games.
At the point when Kulusevski’s shot avoided off Levi Colwill to wrongfoot Sanchez and roll into the net the arena was shaking.
Chelsea were pursuing shadows at first and were feeling better when Child’s work was precluded for offside.
However at that point Tottenham’s reality started to fall around them.
Udogie was lucky to escape with a reserving for a two-footed challenge on Raheem Authentic before a testy kick by Romero on Colwill slipped through the cracks leading the pack up to an Authentic objective that was refused for handball after another VAR check.
Minutes after the fact Chelsea’s Moises Caicedo drove a low shot home through a group however that was controlled offside and affirmed by VAR.
Nonetheless, the VAR check finished with official Michael Oliver granting a punishment prior to excusing Romero for a wild tackle in his Argentina colleague Enzo Fernandez in the development.
Following seven minutes of astounding disarray, Cole Palmer moved forward to crush his punishment in off the post.
“He (Romero) is an actual person, it’s his solidarity. Today it was considered he went excessively far,” Postecoglou said.
It deteriorated for Tottenham as Maddison moved his lower leg and Van de Ven’s hamstring gave out.
Prods endure 12 minutes of first-half stoppage time however the final part was just 10 minutes old when Udogie was shipped off for an inadequately planned tackle on Real briefly reserving.
Jackson ultimately broke Tottenham’s opposition with a tap-in from Real’s pass and the Senegal striker focused on salt the house side’s injuries with two additional objectives at the demise.
“I thought our presentation was great … all that occurred in the game was fair,” Pochettino said. “Today we played 110, 120 minutes I don’t have any idea. Is it 1am at this point?”