Martin Keown: This is what Chelsea were lacking at Tottenham
The Arsenal legend suggests that Chelsea lost some of their aggression after winning 13 games on the spin
Martin Keown has claimed that Chelsea didn’t play with their customary level of anger during Wednesday night’s 2-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur.
Antonio Conte’s men made the short trip to White Hart Lane for their London derby in search of a record-equalling 14th successive Premier League win.
However, Chelsea struggled to get going against Mauricio Pochettino’s side and Dele Alli broke the deadlock for the hosts in added time at the end of the first half with a close-range header.
The England midfielder doubled the home side’s advantage with another header in the second half to wrap up three points and move Tottenham to within seven points of leaders Chelsea.
The Blues are still five points clear of their closest rivals Liverpool after a 13-game winning run that saw Conte’s side beat Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham at home.
Examining Chelsea’s performance at White Hart Lane, former Arsenal defender Keown suggested that the Blues lacked their customary aggression.
“Chelsea looked a shadow of their recent selves and it seemed like they weren’t playing with the same level of anger as over the last 13 games,” Keown told The Daily Mail.
“Maybe life has been a bit too good for them of late!”