Tottenham downed Chelsea 2-0 on Wednesday night, bringing the Blues’ stunning run of form to an abrupt end. Antonio Conte’s charges had been in search of a record 14th consecutive league victory in a row, but it wasn’t to be.
Interestingly, Chelsea’s last league loss had also been at the hands of a London rival, Arsenal. The 3-0 drubbing on that occasion would ultimately spark a re-invention at Stamford Bridge, which has catapulted them to the top of the league.
One of the more remarkable things about Chelsea’s turn of form following that fateful game at the Emirates has been the marginalisation of club captain John Terry.
His lack of pace and inferior passing ability, relative to David Luiz, mean it’s hard to fit him into Chelsea’s 3-4-3 formation.
He has however, remained an ardent sideline supporter of the club and his reaction to Wednesday night’s game on Instagram is exactly what Chelsea fans would want to see.
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Naturally we're disappointed to lose tonight,but let's not forget what a great run of games we have been on and the attitude and performances we have shown in these games to put us in this position. We're still top of the league and that's where we want to be come the end of May. We will pick ourselves up and go again 👊🏻 @chelseafc
Putting Wednesday night’s result in the context of their previous 13 games will certainly go some way to healing the wounds of the loss.
The first thought on the players’ minds is likely to rebound as quickly as they can, and so spare a thought for their FA Cup opponents this weekend, Peterborough.
The Cambridgeshire club currently ply their trade in League One, where they sit in eighth place. Should the concentrated minds of the Chelsea team click sufficiently, then it could be one of the more one-sided mismatches of the day.
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena