Nuno Espirito Santo failed to react to Tuchel’s second half improvisation. Tuchel’s second half changes ensured that the Blues took all three from the away victory. In a similar fashion, they failed to impact the game against Crystal Palace. The strike due of Son and Kane has so far failed to put Tottenham on top.
Let’s have a look at the stats and see what went wrong with Spurs.
Spurs had only two shots in the entire game and both of them were from the outside the box. Despite having the power of Son and Kane, they failed to threaten their opponent.
The xT timeline displays just how ineffective Spurs were in creating threat near the opposition area. During the second half the xT timeline is completely dominated by Palace. The xG timeline follows a similar suit with Spurs having nothing to show for. Lucas Moura just had two shots in the entire match.
The xG chart is completely dominated by the Blues. We can see a similar scenario in most of the other metrics. Hojbjerg was the only player from Spurs who equalled the opponent player in making recoveries in the opposition half.
Chelsea had 10 different players in the entire match who attempted a shot at Spurs goal. Tuchel’s second-half substitution ensured that Chelsea dominate the game in the second half. The xT timeline indicates just how effective Chelsea were in the second half. In a similar manner, the xG timeline is also dominated by Chelsea.
Eric Dier was particularly poor in his duels against the opponent. He lost five aerial duels from a total of nine. Forward Harry Kane lost four of his aerial duels from a total of eight.
Spurs’ recent fixtures have displayed just how ineffective they are in taking chances. The striking pair of Son and Kane have so far failed to put Tottenham on top. In the game against Palace, they just had two shots in the entire game. In the recent game against Chelsea despite creating a couple of chances in the first half they failed to beat the deadlock. Nuno Espirito Santo had no answers to Tuchel’s second-half substitution. Their defenders have been unable to hold the fort in the defence.
Looking at the stats it seems like Nuno Espirito Santo needs to fix both his attacking and defensive issues. Spurs have conceded a total of six goals in the last two league games, without having anything to show in return.