Mauricio Pochettino has praised Chelsea for taking advantage of Tottenham’s high defensive line during the 4-1 win against them on Monday night.
Spurs, who are second on the Premier League table, are known for their attacking style of play, and it worked well for them until they came up against Chelsea.
Ange Potescoglu’s side took the lead early on, with Dejan Kulusevski finding the net through a deflected strike, but Chelsea soon found their feet, and got an equaliser before the break.
Cristian Romero’s reckless tackle on Enzo Fernandez inside his own box was duly punished with a red card, with Cole Palmer clinically dispatching the resulting penalty kick to bring Chelsea level.
Spurs would go on to lose another player shortly after the break, as Destiny Udogie was shown a second yellow card for fouling Raheem Sterling in a bid to stop Chelsea from finishing off an attacking move.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Tottenham continued to play a high line, and were deservedly punished late in the game when Nicolas Jackson scored a hat-trick to seal the win for Chelsea.
Potescoglu, during his post-match presser, defended his tactics, and insisted he was proud of his players. Pochettino however applauded the Australian for his attacking approach to the game, as the Chelsea boss said winning was what mattered for the Blues.
While reacting to a question about Spurs’ attacking approach, Pochettino said in a post-match interview: “You can take a risk and then [have] nothing to lose because you are on the top of the table, full confidence and you take risks.
“But I think on the end we got what we wanted and in the end it is 1-4. We played really well from the beginning of the season, we deserve more but in the end, if you see the table, we are in the middle.
“Yes, you can play well, you can take a risk, but in the end it’s about winning points.
“For us, it was really important today and to come here to Tottenham and win the game against a team I think that was playing really well.
“I think it’s important and it is three points for us to build our confidence and start to push up the table.”