Antonio Conte’s midfield duo of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic have been dominant against most Premier League opposition so far this season but the pair met their match at White Hart Lane.
Dembele and Wanyama dominated the proceedings in midfield and helped the north London side get a stranglehold on the derby clash.
While Dele Alli scored either side of half-time to scoop the man of the match award, Pochettino’s defensive midfielders were hailed for their uncompromising performance against the leaders.
Former Arsenal defender Keown felt that Dembele and Waynama played a vital role in keeping Chelsea’s attack quiet during their 2-0 win against Conte’s men.
“Ordinarily, N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic do a terrific job of stopping passes reaching Chelsea’s back three. But Spurs disrupted this well – Walker’s driving runs forward forced one of the two midfielders to move out wide to engage him, leaving space in the middle of the field for Christian Eriksen to deliver an early cross to Alli,” Keown told The Daily Mail.
“When they had the ball, Chelsea were allowed no time and space by Tottenham. Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele were quite masterful in front of the back three, both at anchoring the midfield and bringing the ball forward at will themselves. Dembele, in particular, seems to walk past opponents with ease and is so difficult to rob of possession.”
Wanyama moved to Tottenham in an £11m deal from Southampton in the summer transfer window.
Spurs are in third place in the Premier League table and seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
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