Tottenham Hotspur hosted Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday trying to snap a two match losing streak and stem the bleeding from an absolutely brutal run of matches. Instead, they lost their third straight match after Eric Dier kicked the back of Timo Werner’s foot in the box, conceding a 23rd minute penalty that Jorginho converted.
Spurs had a couple of chances, none better than Carlos Vinicius’ late header that went achingly wide, but for the most part Spurs looked completely out of this match. The final score was 0-1.
#thfc FT, 0-1. Three consecutive League defeats for Spurs for the first time since February 2012 under Redknapp and Mourinho suffers back to back home defeats in PL for first time ever. Damning statistics from a very bad night.— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) February 4, 2021
Normally in match reports I do a minute by minute summary of the action here. I was signed up to do so. Unfortunately, the day job called with a vengeance and I was unable to give the attention to this match that it deserved. I’ll rewatch it tonight, and may update this article later with some reactions (or maybe not), but for now we’re going to leave this article up as a place for you to express your opinions and thoughts on what happened.
Here’s what I know: Tottenham Hotspur still aren’t very good. What I saw of the first half was an extension of the listless and idealess football we’ve seen from Mourinho the past two matches, and certainly since Spurs lost Harry Kane. What I saw of the second half was better, although Spurs still weren’t generating enough offense until late in the match.
Was it better football than against Brighton? Yes. Was it enough against a pretty good Chelsea team under a new manager? Emphatically not.
Where does this team go from here? Is Mourinho’s seat finally warm? Are Spurs in danger of losing four straight matches when they play West Brom this weekend? I leave that discussion up to you.