Chelsea spent a lot of final week engaged on form in coaching after Frank Lampard determined that the easiest way to negate Tottenham’s strengths can be to reintroduce the 3-4-Three system that he used on three events earlier within the season.
Though midfielder Mason Mount stated that the character and willpower proven by the Blues was key to their victory, Lampard’s choice to make use of a again three for the primary time since October was an impressed piece of considering.
Spurs have been overrun in midfield whereas their full backs, Serge Aurier and Jan Vertonghen, have been overloaded with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso pushing up excessive.
“It clicked together well,” Mount stated after Sunday’s 2-Zero win. “We had been engaged on it a bit bit. We knew the place to be by way of positions and the place to be off the ball.
“That’s the vital factor with a change of formation, everybody must know the place to be and methods to press and methods to work off the ball as a result of we got here up in opposition to a workforce that was good on the ball.
“They needed to go longer generally and we needed to get again in and work that second ball. It was a superb sport and that labored.
“We’ve executed it a few occasions this season [playing with a back three]. Lille away we did it. It’s labored a few occasions for us. You noticed how effectively it labored. How tight we have been as a workforce and we labored effectively as a unit.”
Past technique, although, Chelsea’s gamers merely wished to win extra.
Other than the clear motivation of getting one over on their rivals and Mourinho, a run of 4 defeats in 5 (three of them in opposition to struggling groups) had raised questions over their means to problem for a Champions League place.
Revved up by these components, Mount felt that this assertion win has silenced loads of critics.
“After the four defeats in five games, people were doubting us,” the England worldwide added. “Us younger gamers are going to get requested questions. We knew right this moment may very well be the turning level.
“We knew the final 4 video games weren’t ok, the performances weren’t ok, so to return right here in a derby was form of the proper sport to indicate our mentality and present our battle and our need and perception to return right here and win.
“That response was key. We spoke after the final sport that we didn’t have sufficient ‘balls’. We wished to get on the ball and play. To come back right here and try this– it was an excellent alternative to indicate it.
“We’re not a workforce that can get pushed over straightforward and now we have that battle inside us and we confirmed that right this moment.”
The win has additionally given Chelsea some respiratory area in fourth place. A defeat would have seen Spurs overtake the Blues on aim distinction, as a substitute they’ve a six-point buffer earlier than the Boxing Day sport at dwelling to Southampton.
“We were speaking about that before the game,” Mount stated. “We knew we needed to cement fourth place, give the followers an early Christmas current and hold working.
“You all the time need to be in that place, wanting up, you don’t need to take into consideration falling again and what’s under and fear about dropping factors. This was the proper sport to indicate our mentality and perception.”