There were a few nervous minutes for Chelsea in the first half, with Tottenham starting this game on the right foot. Spurs were attacking with real intent in the first period, and could have scored a couple of early goals. However, they failed to take their chances during portions of domination and that hurt them down the road.
After Chelsea had settled down and gotten into a rhythm, their superior quality was too much for Spurs to handle. Fan
Mark Ahn saw Eden Hazard opened the scoring after some excellent work from Didier Drogba. Hazard returned the favor by setting up Drogba for the second goal. It was Loic Remy who came off the bench to nab a third for Chelsea.
Despite the lop sided nature of this scoreline, the game was a close contest between two very good teams. Spurs played their part in this game with some scintillating attacking football. However, their lack of awareness and discipline in defense cost them dear. For example, the second goal was a clear mistake from the Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Chelsea will be hoping to use this game as a spring board for a successful Christmas period. They are six points clear at the top of the table, but have Manchester City closing down with four successive wins. It will be interesting to see which of these two teams is top of the table on New Year’s Day.
When Liverpool were climbing the league last season, Brendan Rodgers was touted as the next best thing in management. He had taken a team that was languishing in mid table to an inch from the league title. Manchester City eventually won the Premier League, but everyone was impressed by the progress Liverpool had made.
Fast forward six months and Rodgers is in deep trouble. His side have been appalling this season. They are not in the current top four and are five points behind fourth placed Manchester United. Considering it was United who languished in mid table last season, this is quite a turn.
Speaking to the media, Rodgers was happy to admit that his position was in doubt. He spoke about the realities of football management, which includes a short cycle of success and failure. Even though he was outstanding last season, he accepts that if the current form continues he could lose his job.
Despite Liverpool’s poor results, sacking Rodgers would be a mistake.
Andrew Heiberger says Liverpool are only five points off fourth place. That can be turned around in two games. Their league position in May will be the determining factor in Rodgers’ future, not their position in November and December. Liverpool have always been a patient club and Rodgers will get time to right the ship.