Prowling the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium touchline nearly four years after being given his P45 by Daniel Levy, Pochettino’s Lilywhites
homecoming could have very well turned into a nightmare as Dejan Kulusevski’s deflected effort broke the deadlock just six minutes in.
However, an unforeseen Spurs implosion saw two red cards to Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie and two injuries to integral players in James Maddison and Micky van de Ven,
allowing Chelsea to snap the Premier League’s last remaining unbeaten record as Cole Palmer’s penalty and Nicolas Jackson’s hat-trick subjected Spurs to a humiliating night.
Even with two extra players on the field, Pochettino’s team were left to rue wastefulness as Spurs held out, but Postecoglou inadvertently
ended up hitting the self-destruct button as he deployed his defensive line high up the field, gifting Jackson three tap-ins as the Blues finally made their runs in behind pay.
After collecting just one point from two October London derbies with Brentford and Arsenal, Chelsea have opened November as they mean to go on with successive beatings
of Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham, but the Stamford Bridge faithful are still staring the familiar sight of mid-table mediocrity as their side languish in 10th spot.
Points-wise, Chelsea have a chasm of nine separating them from both the top four and the relegation zone and remain wholly unreliable on home soil – their only Premier League win
from their last 13 matches at Stamford Bridge came against new boys Luton Town – and they have failed to score in three of their last four top-flight games on familiar territory.