Luiz deserves to be dropped after Spurs' stunning win over Chelsea

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Tottenham delivered a stunning statement win on Saturday, beating Chelsea 3-1 at Wembley to end their derby rivals’ unbeaten start in the Premier League.

The result means Spurs have beaten Chelsea in consecutive league games for the first time in 31 years, an astonishing stat that reinforces how far Tottenham have come under Mauricio Pochettino.

Here’s a look at the talking points from the game.

LUIZ DESERVES DROPPING

David Luiz has always had his moments of defensive unreliability, but even by his standards, this was a shocking display. Arguably, it was worse than his showing in Brazil’s infamous 7-1 loss in the 2014 World Cup semi-final.

The way he moved out of the way of Harry Kane’s shot for Tottenham’s second goal was unforgivable. It was the sort of lack of responsibility that gets a player relegated to the reserves for a long time. Most managers would have hooked him at half-time just for that.

Maurizio Sarri probably should have, because Luiz was culpable for Spurs’ third, as well. While Son deserves the plaudits for his excellent slaloming run to beat first Jorginho and then Luiz, the Brazilian defender made the Tottenham man’s job easy. His attempted tackle was more just a run past Son with little attempt to steady himself and offer any resistance to the Korean.

The Chelsea manager has, for whatever reason, been loathe to play Andreas Christensen this season, but surely it has to happen after this performance. Even Gary Cahill, who is looking to leave the club, deserves a shot to prove he should be first-choice. Because Luiz definitely shouldn’t be.

Luiz's defending was shocking.

Luiz’s defending was shocking.

SPURS PASS LATEST BIG TEST

If every big game is a referendum for Tottenham, then they come out of this one with their status as contenders this season intact, if not enhanced. They’re still only five points behind league leaders Manchester City, but more importantly, this was the sort of performance in a big game that shows Spurs mean business.

There’s been an air of disappointment around the club despite Tottenham enjoying their second-best start to a Premier League season. The delay over the stadium move, home losses to Liverpool and City, laboured rather than brilliant performances in their wins, and their struggles in the Champions League, where they have just one win in four games, have all led to a sense that the club is stagnating, which in this age is equivalent of being in decline.

But this result, and the performance that came with it, should change that. Spurs absolutely ripped Chelsea apart, in a way that even Liverpool weren’t able to when they faced the Blues earlier in the season. Kane is back in form, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen’s return to fitness has come at the perfect time, and their supporting players – Moussa Sissoko, Son, Erik Lamela, and Lucas Moura, have all stepped up at various times this season. Things are looking up again.

Tottenham look back to their best.

Tottenham look back to their best.

CHELSEA NEED PLAN B

Sarri will no doubt be conducting an inquest of his defence, but he has an equally big problem on his hands further up the pitch. For the second straight game, the opposition focused their attention on Jorginho, and Chelsea looked toothless as a result.

The Brazilian has been looking like one of the signings of the season, for good reason. His control of play in midfield, the way he dictates the tempo and always picks the right pass, have been integral to Chelsea’s revolution under Sarri. The problem is, everyone knows that, and now they’re figuring out how to stop him.

Everton did it last time out, with the Toffees midfield crowding out Jorginho in the middle of the park and denying him time and space on the ball, and Spurs took that blueprint and ran with it on Saturday. Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier were excellent in shutting him down, and Tottenham controlled the game as a result.

So what does Sarri do next? The second half of this game began with Luiz playing plenty of long diagonals from defence, and it was at least proof that Chelsea do have an alternative, even if long-ball is not Sarri’s style at all. And in fairness, not every team will be able to neutralize Jorginho like this. But the manager needs a way to respond when they do.

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Defeat to Spurs has left Chelsea with two defeats from three games.

Chelsea‘s unbeaten start to the Premier League is over after they slumped to a stunning defeat against derby rivals Tottenham.

The Blues’ defence was torn apart in the 3-1 loss, with David Luiz especially at fault, delivering a shocking performance.

Here’s how he and the rest of the players rated.

STARTING XI

Kepa Arrizabalaga 3 – Not a good day at the office for the world’s most expensive goalkeeper. The first goal came with a header that was straight at him, and he should have reacted better for Tottenham’s second.

Cesar Azpilicueta 4 – One of Azpilicueta’s worst performances in a Chelsea shirt, as he provided no leadership in a defence that was at sixes and sevens throughout. Deserves credit for the cross he put in for Giroud’s goal, but that was his only meaningful contribution.

Antonio Rudiger 3 – Given a torrid time by Tottenham’s attackers, and couldn’t respond. Lucky not to see red after a second-half tackle on Kane was deemed not worthy of a second yellow card.

David Luiz 0 – This was the sort of performance that usually sees a player get banished to the reserves. The way he moved out of the way of Harry Kane’s shot for Tottenham’s second goal was shocking, and he was guilty again for Spurs’ third.

Marcos Alonso 6 – Delivered some telling crosses, and intervened to prevent a Tottenham goal on more than one occasion. The only defender to emerge with any credit from this performance.

N’Golo Kante 4 – The positional dilemma he faces in Maurizio Sarri’s system continues to rear its head, as he couldn’t do much to help his defenders and failed to have an impact in attack.

Jorginho 4 – Shut down by Tottenham’s midfield, who denied him any time on the ball. It’s the second straight game a team have contained Chelsea by targeting their star midfielder.

Mateo Kovacic 3 – An ill-advised rabona cross in the first half to no one in particular was the highlight, or perhaps low-light, of Kovacic’s performance. Completely ineffective in midfield.

Willian 6 – Looked the most threatening of Chelsea’s forwards – though largely as the best of a bad bunch, rather than through a standout display. Should probably feel miffed that he was the player hauled off to make way for Pedro.

Alvaro Morata 4 – Morata still can’t find top form for Chelsea. He was caught offside far too easily, and lost his battle with the young Juan Foyth, a player he should be dominating.

Eden Hazard 5 – Unlucky not to get at least one penalty, if not two, but otherwise was completely ineffective. The sort of display that will bring back talk about disappearing in big games.

SUBSTITUTES

Ross Barkley 5 – Barkley will probably start ahead of Kovacic in Chelsea’s next game, but it won’t be for anything he did after coming on. Had almost no impact.

Pedro 4 – Came on to provide a spark, but did little to show he could do so. Despite seeing plenty of the ball, his most effective moment came when he sprinted and dribbled back towards his own goal late in the game.

Olivier Giroud 8 – The former Arsenal man would have been quietly pleased to score against Tottenham, especially as it was his first league goal of the season. Has probably won the starter’s job back from Morata.

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Tottenham put on a scintillating display to unceremoniously end Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a 3-1 win at Wembley.

Spurs climbed above Maurizio Sarri’s men with a performance that showcases their own potential to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the table.

Goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane put them two up inside 16 minutes and Son Heung-min made it three after the break with a brilliant solo goal.

It was a 10th win from 13 games this season for Mauricio Pochettino’s men and the rampant showings of Kane, Alli, Son and Christian Eriksen will have the Argentinian licking his lips at the prospect of what might be to come.

They could have won by a far bigger margin had it not been for some wayward finishing and some impressive saves from Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Chelsea were a shadow of the side that had not tasted defeat in their opening 12 league games, though did bag a late consolation through Olivier Giroud, and Sarri will now have to contemplate his first loss in the Blues dugout, having only previously lost in the Community Shield against Manchester City.

Spurs have often been accused of struggling against the top teams, losing to City and Liverpool, but that could not be levelled at them here as they made a rampant start that left Chelsea shell-shocked.

Alli’s love affair with scoring against the Blues continued as he headed his side in front from Eriksen’s wicked free-kick at the near post for his sixth goal in five appearances against them.

Son had two chances to double the lead but blazed over from a brilliant position and then saw a low shot blocked by Arrizabalaga after the South Korean had skinned his marker.

The Chelsea goalkeeper was a spectator soon after as Spurs did make it two, with Kane thrashing in his sixth Premier League goal of the season in the 16th minute.

The England captain sent a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards, with Arrizabalaga, who can only have had his view blocked, statuesque as he watched it fly past.

The Spaniard soon showed why he is the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, though, as he produced an instinctive stop to keep out Toby Alderweireld’s point-blank effort, with Juan Foyth’s audacious flick from the rebound drifting just wide.

After Chelsea briefly threatened with Eden Hazard testing Hugo Lloris from the edge of the area, Arrizabalaga was at it again with another superb stop to again deny Son.

Alli and Eriksen worked the ball superbly to the South Korean whose low shot was brilliantly palmed around a post.

Son eventually got his goal nine minutes after the restart and it was a beauty.

Set free down the right by Alli, Son out-sprinted Jorginho then made a fool of David Luiz before coolly slotting home.

As Chelsea pushed forward, even more gaps opened up for Spurs on the break and they should have racked up a rout.

Kane inexplicably missed from close range as Serge Aurier put it on a plate for him and then Alli curled an effort just wide from a fine position.

Giroud gave Chelsea something to cheer about in the 85th minute as he headed home Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross, but the damage had been done.

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