Spurs 1 Chelsea 2 – stats encouraging but lack of wingbacks an obvious issue

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Spurs lost a tight game to continue their poor recent record at Wembley.

It wasn’t a very positive result but Pochettino’s team played reasonably well. With 68% possession and 18 shots to 9, they were certainly not outplayed and it was a game that could have gone either way.

It was interesting that both manager’s went with cautious starting lineups; both shielded the defence with three holding midfield players. This was maybe more understandable from Conte’s point of view. He was after all the away team coach and had to deal with several injuries and suspensions.

For Spurs, I would have liked to have seen Son’s pace from the start, and the inclusion of Winks to give us more passing options from deep.

Spurs certainly missed the width and pace offered by Rose and Walker, often the answer to unlocking stubborn defences last season. Wingbacks should be a priority in the short time left of the transfer window.

Kane still hasn’t scored an August Premier League goal. Here he was unlucky taking 8 shots, twice that of the next most prolific player (Morata) and going extremely close as he saw one effort come back off the post.

I’m not too worried about our form at Wembley. Losses against teams of the stature of Monaco and Chelsea are not proof of a problem. If we fail to win against Burnley on Sunday, well that would be a different story entirely.

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