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Chelsea vs. Tottenham, Premier League: Half-time report

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So far not so good.  Chelsea are WERE behind for the first time in seven Premier League games, and the first time in all competitions since the 2-1 loss to West Ham in the League Cup.  The shutout streak has ended at just past the 10-hour mark as Christian Eriksen absolutely leathered the ball past Courtois.

Having said that, Spurs haven't really threatened — chances have come from set pieces and long shots — despite their seemingly inhuman effort at the high press and closing down with two players every time.  The question is, how long can they keep this going?  It's obviously causing issues for Chelsea, much more so than Southampton's high press, which we handled just fine, but surely they can't keep this going all game.

Or maybe they can.  Regardless, it's up to Chelsea to up our game — and just as I was writing this, Pedro hit his Willian/Costa-special from the top of the box to draw us level.  So, NOW we have to up our game, just as we had been starting to do so towards the end of the first half.

Hazard and Costa need to get into the game, Alonso needs to get better, Moses more forward, and we've got this.


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