Mauricio Pochettino celebrates Spurs 2nd equaliser at Liverpool

Gary Neville: Pochettino’s tactical change key as Tottenham beat Chelsea

Chelsea 1 – Tottenham 3

28 years. That’s how long it’s been since Tottenham last won at Chelsea.

The record books gained a significant update on Sunday as Tottenham opened up an eight point lead over the Blues in the Premier League.

Spurs ended more than a quarter of a century’s wait to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Has that result condemned the Blues to playing Europa League football next season?

Dele Alli was the match-winner for Spurs with a second half double.

Alvaro Morata opened for the the hosts, while Christian Eriksen levelled on the stroke of halftime with a stunning shot from distance.

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Gary Neville: Pochettino’s halftime tactical change the key

Speaking on his podcast after the Super Sunday clash, Gary Neville picked up on Mauricio Pochettino’s halftime tactical change.

While Eriksen’s goal was obviously enormous in giving Spurs a platform for the second half, Chelsea were undoubtedly the better side in the opening forty-five minutes.

Pochettino recognised that Spurs were losing the midfield battle, and the Argentine switched up all four Tottenham midfielders at the break:

He kept the same system, but all four (midfielders) changed. Eriksen went from left to centre. Lamela went from right to centre-forward. Dele Alli went from number 10 to the left. Son went from a central striker to the right. 

They all changed positions. Pochettino wasn’t conned by (Eriksen’s) goal.

Neville also expressed his belief that Antonio Conte won’t be at Chelsea next season:

We’ve thought it for six or seven months.

And that’s not because we don’t want him here, or we don’t think he’s done a great job, it’s just the nature of the job here. It’s such that when you have a season slightly worse than before, you go.

Listen to the Gary Neville podcast below.

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