Written by Jorge Velasco
The biggest highlight of my trip to Europe was the Tottenham- Chelsea match at White Hart Lane. Having attended many Spurs games, this is by far the best experience I’ve had, personally as a Hotspur.
The day started off vividly, waking up at 10:15. Breakfast, shower, walking, The Shard, and then the match. The match was at 8:00, but I got there at 6:30 for the Bill Nicholson Suite. The Bill Nicholson Suite in a nutshell: Amazing hospitality and food, meet Spurs legends, betting, incredible seats, and meeting the MOTM for that match. This being my 5th time, I knew it must get better every time. Got into my seats just two minutes before the match, and since we were playing the Blues, the security was pretty tight. Their support was decent, just cocky chants that made Tottenham fans angry, which led them to chant even louder. The whistle rang and they were off. Five minutes in, Christian Eriksen broke the defence and took a strike, skimming the left post, getting me off my butt and screaming. It was a scrappy half with Spurs and Chelsea, but White Hart Lane was shaken when Dele Alli rose to the occasion from a ball played by Christian Eriksen and ended up in the goal. 1-0 to Spurs at the half. I had 15 quid on Alli to score first at 15/2, so happy days.
The second half began with no changes made for either side. Lots of dirty fouls came in the 2nd half from Chelsea, but that didn’t stop Spurs’ momentum whatsoever, with Alli scoring an almost similar goal to his first. Now White Hart Lane was facing against all odds. Dele, two goals, fantasy triple captain, that’s a real dream. By the 60th minute, Conte started to shift to an attacking mood and brought on Willian for Victor Moses, pushing the Right-Mid up to Right-Winger, making the original 3-4-3 formation a 3-4-2-1. Nothing happened more than hearing, “We’ve got Alli, Dele Alli! I just don’t think you understand: He only cost 4 mill, he’s than Ozil, we’ve got Dele Alli!” and “He’s magic, you know, Mauricio Pottchettino. Then the peasants started to try and look on a bright side and kept on saying “Champions of Europe, you’ll never sing that”. We took over from there on while Conte still tried to switch things up, bringing on Cesc Fabregas for Matic and Batshuayi for N’golo Kante, now playing no defensive midfielders and going all out attack, playing in 3-5-2. He was desperate to say the least. There was still anxiety for the Spurs team as they still had the foot down until the last minute. When the whistle blew, the whole stadium burst into joy and sang. It was probably one of the most exciting days of my life.
Now, looking at a logistical view, taking the three points away wasn’t like stealing candy from a baby, it simply took Chelsea’s chances from going 10 points clear of the table. Obviously, 7 points is still a big gap to fill, but with their schedule, it shouldn’t be a walk in the park. Playing Leicester the coming week at the King Power, it is likely that there could be a tie, but with Leicester facing relegation fears, it will be difficult for the Foxes to salvage that kind of result. The weekend afterwards is Hull, which is by far the easiest match that they have in 5 weeks. With no win in 13 matches, the odds of Hull getting this one is pretty equal to Leicester winning the Prem again, so expect three points there. The weekend after that is where it gets interesting, where The Blues face Jurgen Klopp’s unbeatable team at Anfield. This will prove who the real fighting team is. Afterwards, Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge which, in my opinion, will go Chelsea’s way. Last but not least, we have Burnley at Turf Moor. Burnley have been doing fairly well for just being promoted to the most unpredictable league in the world. With Andre Gray’s performance going through the roof, it could give Chelsea’s defence some problems and lose some points as well.
Come on you Spurs!
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