Tottenham and Chelsea might have played out to a goalless draw but Glen Hoddle believes Jose Mourinho would be the happier with that result.
Jose Mourinho was unable to master-mind three points on his first return to Stamford Bridge so far this season.
The Blues and Spurs played out to a fairly entertaining goalless draw in West London on Sunday afternoon.
The result of that fixture meant a lot for many reasons. The obvious reason being that whoever had won that game would have been top of the League.
On a larger scale, that game would have also shown title credentials between both sides. With Mourinho, many have labeled Spurs genuine challengers and Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are also in the discussions as well.
However, ex-Chelsea man Hoddle believes the Spurs boss will be better pleased with that result.
“Tactics won the game. It was 0-0, but it was tactics,” Hoddle said as quoted by Goal.
“Chelsea found it very hard to break Tottenham down. Spurs in the first half looked as though they could break and score. During the second half, there was hardly an attack from Tottenham, they were poor with the ball, but they will take it because that’s what Jose wants to do. He knew that he goes top of the league with a point, that’s what it’s about.”
“The next game for Spurs, it will be different, there will be a different theme to how he sets the team out. That was because Chelsea are so free-flowing and if you give them a lot of space, they will tear you apart. Jose, tactically, got it right.”
While praising Mourinho, Hoddle was also sure to do the same for the Blues boss who once starred under his opposite number yesterday
He added, with the Blues having brought in a number of fresh faces over the summer: “Chelsea were a side where if they had an awkward spell in games, they would be dominant for 20 minutes and then have a 10 to 15-minute spell where they would take their foot off the pedal with the ball and they looked vulnerable at the back, and they normally conceded.”
“He [Lampard] went and bought the goalkeeper, [Edouard] Mendy, and that has tightened that up. I think Thiago Silva is a great acquisition for them on a free transfer, his experience. With [No’Golo] Kante playing as that central midfield holding player, I think that is what has really tightened it up. Tactically, he has got that spot on and he has got the balance right.”
Mourinho and Spurs will be eager to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they welcome neighbors Arsenal for a crunch north London derby on Sunday.