The football itself was a truly exceptional advertisement for Premier League football.
Having gone 2-0 up with two very well taken goals, Tottenham looked like they were cruising; but, after Gary Cahill had pulled one back for Chelsea, up stepped Eden Hazard.
The Belgian has had an incredibly poor season but he was the game-changer for the hosts last night, leaving many to wonder where Chelsea would be had he performed like that all season.
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Hazard’s beautifully taken goal, curling an unstoppable shot into the top right corner of the goal, sparked wild celebrations from the Chelsea fans who, rather ironically, began to chant former manager Claudio Ranieri’s name.
The pressure of the occasion had clearly got to the Spurs players and it was sad to see such an excellent footballing team lose their composure in a key game.
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Pochettino’s men set a Premier League record last night for the most yellow cards received in one game by one team, with a total of nine players going into referee Mark Clattenburg’s book.
The Chelsea team were by no means angels on the pitch either and certainly used all of their experience to wind-up the youngest squad in the league, but the antics of some of the Spurs players were inexcusable.
Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela will surely face retrospective bans, with the former appearing to gouge (or scratch) Diego Costa’s eyes and the latter seemingly walking over Cesc Fabregas’ hand, which could have been easily avoided.
Eric Dier, another young England international who, like Dele Alli, seems to have a short fuse, was extremely fortunate not to be sent off after two terrible tackles late into the second-half.
The 22-year-old will be another member of the England squad that Roy Hodgson will have to keep a close eye on at the Euros, to ensure the Three Lions keep 11 men on the pitch throughout the tournament.
Spurs have played beautiful football this season and have scored the most goals and conceded the least in the Premier League this season.
Pochettino’s squad have performed above and beyond all expectations this season. They will play in the Champions League next season and they will certainly be involved in the title race next year.
The key question for this youthful Spurs side is: can they keep their heads when the pressure is on?
Last night will have served as an important lesson for Pochettino and his players.
They lost their focus last night at Stamford Bridge and were punished for it.
Further punishment will, inevitably, come in the form of fines and bans, but this young squad of players will be back and will certainly be better after a Premier League season that has been a remarkable rollercoaster ride.
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