Controversial VAR decision deflates Chelsea
09 Jan 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea was unlucky last night after VAR controversially gifted Spurs a penalty when other television angles clearly showed Harry Kane being offside. However, apart from the end result, it was an encouraging showing of Chelsea’s resolve last night as they vanquished the 3-1 loss against the same opponents in November at the same venue.

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This time Chelsea showed their progress, their resolve and their self-belief against a team who has been steady and ruthless at home. Collectively as a whole, Chelsea played better than their opponents who were deadset on counter-attack football. Chelsea’s attacking trio which featured crowd favourite, 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi alongside Willian and Hazard were outstanding. Kante is clearly growing into his new position and Jorginho had the better of Ali and Erikson. The goal came after Harry Kane seemingly beat the offside trap and ran into the penalty area where Kepa brought him down. The referee consulted with VAR and Kane was ruled to be on-side firstly and secondly, the penalty was given and Kepa received a yellow card. Protests from Chelsea players did not distract Kane from dispatching the ball into the net. The score was 1-0 just before half-time.

Chelsea came out into the second half playing the more aggressive football. It was attack-after-attack the entire 45 minutes of the second half. Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Hazard and Barkley had several attempts at the goal. This was a different Chelsea than the team that played in November. Sarri labelled the match as akin to that of playing in the Champions League. For the Chelsea players, this augered well as they showed their pedigree. Spurs couldn’t get a hold of the ball and if they did the Chelsea players swarmed all over them. They hunted in packs, held a high line and harassed Spurs players with the ball. It was excellent to watch and hopefully this would become the blueprint going forward for the rest of the season.

What was clear, Hazard does not like the false nine position (striker) and he clearly wants a focal point for him to work in tandem with. This was not possible for Chelsea as Morata was ruled injured due to a hamstring pull and Giroud was not a 100% fit but he was on the bench. Pedro replaced Willian, Kavocic replaced Barkley and Giroud replaced Hudson-Odoi and although the replacements were lively, they could affect the match. Chelsea would be upset for not scoring but would take the positives from the match in that they completely overran Spurs.

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By the time the second-leg starts Chelsea should have brought in new players during the January transfer window. Will Chelsea, in this mood, overcome the 1-0 deficit at the Bridge? Will they finally play that one perfect match that the Bridge faithful craves? Will Hazard, Morata/Giroud, Hudson-Odoi finally click and get Sarri closer to winning his first major trophy. Time will tell. Come on you Blues!!!

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