Spurs go into their must win midweek Champions League clash against Internazionale in great spirits after pulling off their best performance of the season, beating Chelsea 3-1 at Wembley.
Spurs’ 3-1 scoreline against Chelsea was a flattering one for the Blues who were outplayed for 90 minutes and had Tottenham been more clinical, the score could have been even higher.
Spurs were rampant from the get-go playing with a high intensity, managing to create a number of chances before going 1-0 up after eight minutes after Dele Alli latched onto a free kick from Christian Eriksen and headed in.
Spurs made it 2-0 after 16 minutes when Harry Kane was given too much space on the edge of the box and his shot from 25-yards beat David Luiz and Kepa Arrizabalaga. Twelve’s algorithm rated Kane as the man of the match.
Chelsea manager Mauruzio Sarri said after the game that with Spurs if Inter Milan are to stop Tottenham they must thwart off their early high intensity onslaught in the first 30 minutes by disrupting their flow.
Spurs went on to score their third goal against Chelsea after a fantastic individual effort from Heung-min Son. Son’s wonder goal spared him criticism having missed a number of clear cut chances throughout the game. The South Korean international must work on being more clinical as it could come back to haunt him and Spurs.
Chelsea managed to pull one back thanks to Olivier Giroud, but the goal was nothing more than a consolation. The Blues were poor throughout and didn’t get into the game, rarely testing the Spurs defense.
Having said that, Chelsea had a clear shout for a penalty at 1-0 when Juan Foyth recklessly bought down Eden Hazard in the box. It marked yet another mistake by the 20-year-old who has been filling in this season, with injuries to Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen.
The latter, who made his return to the match-day squad against Chelsea, is expected to start against Inter Milan. Pochettino will not want to risk another reckless challenge from Foyth, who has looked solid but prone to silly mistakes.
One player who hasn’t been receiving the credit he deserves is Moussa Sissoko, who in the absence of the injured Mousa Dembele, has excelled in a central midfield role. The Frenchman, who earned a spot back in the national team, has been covering every blade of grass helping with Spurs’ high intensity game. He has also helped out in defence using his speed and strength, which earned him the second most defensive points in the game against Chelsea.
The absence of Lucas from the starting line up actually helped Spurs as it allowed Kane more freedom, as in previous games we have seen Lucas and Kane occupying the same space. The resting of Lucas also means it is likely he will start against Inter Milan, as he will have fresh legs over Son.
Internazionale go into the game after a 3-0 win over Serie A strugglers Frosinone, and a win here would guarantee them a spot in the next round of the Champions League, ending all hope for Spurs.
Right back Sime Vrsalijko is expected to return to the line up after missing the last game with an arm injury. Spurs will have to be wary of Inter Milan’s front three of Perisic, Icardi and Politano who will threaten the Spurs defence.
Tottenham will be looking for revenge having lost in the previous fixture in dramatic fashion as Milan came back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 and secure three points in the dying embers of the game. UEFA have expressed their disappointment at the state of the Wembley pitch; will it have a part to play on Wednesday night?