A statistic perfectly summing up the disappointing campaign currently being endured by Chelsea has come to the fore online this evening, following the Premier League champions’ loss at home to Tottenham.
The Blues welcomed Spurs to Stamford Bridge for a Premier League meeting earlier today, with potentially-crucial ramifications in the race for a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Ahead of kick-off, Tottenham occupied the final Champions League place, with Chelsea having sat one place and five points adrift of their capital rivals.
The early goings of this evening’s clash saw Chelsea work their way into proceedings, with the Blues taking more and more control as the half wore on.
And the positivity of Antonio Conte’s men paid off on the half-hour mark, when Victor Moses’ whipped cross from the right was headed home by Alvaro Morata, following a major misjudgement on the part of Hugo Lloris.
However, a moment of magic from Christian Eriksen on the stroke of half-time meant that the sides headed in level at the break, after the Dane produced a goal of the season contender with a dipping, swerving effort from 30 yards.
And the turnaround was complete with just over an hour on the clock, as Dele Alli latched onto a lofted Eric Dier ball over the top of the Chelsea defence, with the English youngster taking the ball down with his first touch in sensational fashion, before lofting a perfect finish over the outstretched arm of Willy Caballero.
Incredibly, Alli was at it again 5 minutes later, after a burst down the Chelsea left from Heung-min Son saw Caballero make an important save, before a scrappy exchange in the Blues’ box eventually led to Alli slotting home into the bottom-left corner of the hosts’ goal.
Today’s loss came as Chelsea’s 4th already to this point in the Premier League season, a record in stark contrast to those of the rest of the English top-flight’s giants, as showcased below:
Chelsea have now lost 4 home PL games this season – the rest of the top 6 have lost only 4 home PL games between them pic.twitter.com/fan2DxAZft
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 1, 2018