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Full Time: Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Chelsea

The Wembley hoodoo still seems to haunt us as Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-1 to Chelsea, courtesy of a brace from Marcos Alonso.

It was the away side that took the lead with a well-taken free-kick from Alonso in the 24th minute. Spurs started the second-half brightly and we did have a few chances to break the Chelsea defence. But it was Michy Batshuayi who scored an own-goal to give us a chance of winning the game. However, a mistake by Hugo Lloris when trying to keep an Alonso shot away led the Blues to take the lead again, late in the game.

It was a disappointing game overall and here are the player ratings from the game.

Tottenham Player Ratings

Hugo Lloris – 5/10

The captain let us down big time as he conceded a late goal which went right through him. Lloris might not have been able to do much about Alonso’s first goal but he should have saved the second one.

Eric Dier – 6.5/10

Dier picked up a needless booking the first half and it seemed like it was there at the back of his mind for the rest of the match. The Englishman was the first player who was replaced as Son Heung-min came on to the field.

Toby Alderweireld – 7/10

We can’t really fault Aldy for the two goals and he did do pretty well in keeping the Chelsea attack quiet for most of the game.

Jan Vertonghen – 7/10

The other Belgian in our defence also had a decent enough game and no fingers can be pointed at him too. Was booked.

Michy Batshuayi Scored An Own Goal

Kieran Trippier – 7/10

Trippier made his first start of the Premier League season and tried his best to belt in balls but everything he tried to put in was dealt with by the Chelsea defence. He did pick up a late injury after an accidental clash with Pedro and hopefully, he won’t be out for long.

Victor Wanyama – 6/10

Wanyama didn’t really do much wrong but he was at fault for the second goal that we conceded and for that, his rating gets a hit.

Mousa Dembele – 7/10

Dembele too was a little subdued and even though we dominated the second half, there just were not enough attacks from our team. The Belgian did try his best and had a couple of decent runs but his most telling contribution came when he blocked Batshuayi late in the second half.

Ben Davies – 7/10

Davies was another player that didn’t really put a foot wrong but could not quite have the impact in the attacking third. Our left-back was taken off for Moussa Sissoko in the second half.

Dele Alli – 6/10

Alli was one of the most disappointing players as he just could not get into the groove of the game. Chelsea defended well but the Englishman had more than enough quality to break down the opposition.

Christian Eriksen – 8/10

Our man-of-the-match put in a number of delicious crosses and it was one like that which got us the equaliser. Unfortunately, there weren’t enough Spurs players getting at the end of those crosses and it was a disappointing aspect of the game.

Harry Kane – 7/10

Kane was a little subdued but had his chances as he struck the post once and had a few shots blocked as well. It was disappointing that the Englishman could not score though.

Substitutes

Son Heung-Min – 6/10

Son tried his best and made a couple of quality runs but there was no end product most of the time.

Moussa Sissoko – 5/10

Sissoko didn’t really do much and only ended up clattering Alonso late after the second goal had gone in.

Vincent Janssen – N/A

Not enough time for the Dutch striker to do anything.

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Lamela and Gazzaniga to start: Predicted Tottenham line-up against Watford in Carabao Cup

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Tottenham’s next clash is against Watford in the Carabao Cup as we play at Stadium MK. The ground was selected after Wembley was unavailable on the date of the game and Spurs should come in with high spirits after their 2-1 win over Brighton.

The win over the weekend stopped our run of three consecutive losses. However, another win cannot be taken for granted, given that we lost to the same opposition a couple of weeks ago.

Tottenham must also have one eye on the Premier League game against Huddersfield later in the week and here is our predicted line-up for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Predicted Tottenham XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Paulo Gazzaniga (GK)

The Argentine was decent between the sticks and should continue in goal as Michel Vorm has a slight injury.

Serge Aurier (RB)

The former PSG man didn’t play in the win over Brighton and should get a start in place of Kieran Trippier.

Davinson Sanchez

Davinson Sanchez (CB)

Sanchez was another player who did not play against the Seagulls but he must be at his best if we are to win over the Hornets.

Jan Vertonghen (CB)

It is a tough call between Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld but Jan just gets the nod ahead of his Belgian teammate.

Ben Davies (LB)

Davies didn’t play on Saturday and Pochettino must rest Danny Rose ahead of our clash against Huddersfield.

Harry Winks (CM)

The youngster didn’t start the game against Brighton and should be one of our two central midfielders in this clash.

Victor Wanyama (CM)

Wanyama needs minutes under his belt and this is the best opportunity for the Kenyan to showcase his fitness and abilities.

Erik Lamela (RAM)

The Argentine had an instant impact as he scored a goal coming off the bench. And Lamela should start the game against the Hornets.

Dele Alli (AM)

Alli must be back to full fitness as he came on as a sub in our last game. We need the Englishman to do well since his form hasn’t been great this season.

Son Heung-min (LAM)

Another player who hasn’t been at his best this season, the South Korean has to pick it up to keep his spot on the team.

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Fernando Llorente (ST)

Harry Kane needs a break and even though Llorente hasn’t seen a lot of game time, the Spaniard must start at Stadium MK.

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“What a player he was”, “Great goal” – Some Spurs fans go down memory lane about former superstar’s incredible goal

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Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle was in the news recently as he ripped Tottenham’s defence to shreds post our defeat at San Siro.

The former player and manager wasn’t happy with the lack of commitment from the team and did make sense while criticising some players.

The Tottenham Twitter account posted an old video of Hoddle in his prime. The former player scored a wonderful goal in 1983 as he produced magic against Watford.

The touch, the turn and the finish are unbelievable, to say the least. The 60-year-old now enjoys his time as a pundit but is one of the best English players of his time and this goal more than proves it.

The midfielder won two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup with us during the 80s and it is no wonder some Spurs fans turned the clock back and praised Hoddle.

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Former Tottenham star refutes claims of wanting to leave the club

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Former Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has refuted claims from Mauricio Pochettino which suggested the player wanted to leave Spurs.

The Daily Mail reports that Pochettino’s book claimed that Walker wanted to leave at the end of the 2016/17 season.

However, the Manchester City man claims the Argentine did not view the defender as part of his plans. Walker was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:

“He told me I wasn’t in his plan.”

The Englishman was further upset about Pochettino revealing these details which he thought was private.

“If he was going to do that he might as well have called a press conference and told everyone. He told one side of the story, but it’s a side of a story I don’t agree with.

“He said he had a witness in there, but he didn’t tell the correct story, no way. Up until now I have never said my part. I have stayed quiet and showed a level of respect to Tottenham and I always will.”

The right-back claimed he got his chances due to the manager but wanted everyone to know what really happened regarding his transfer to City.

Walker did pick up a Premier League title with Pep Guardiola last season but expressed his gratitude as well.

“I was young, needed to improve and he improved me.

“He taught me to look after myself, eat right and rest. I will never forget how much he did.”

The 28-year-old is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League but it was a bit concerning when we sold him and only had Kieran Trippier in the side.

Read more: Tottenham star moves up in list of top scorers after goal against Brighton

Tottenham have two quality right-backs in Serge Aurier and Trippier and the Englishman has certainly improved a lot in the last season or so.

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