Matchday 18: Tottenham vs Chelsea.

Tottenham welcomed Chelsea to the Hive in Tottenham’s last home game at the Hive in the 2021-22 season. It has been almost a year since Tottenham last faced the WSL Champions as Chelsea continued their push for their 3rd championship in a row, while our Lilywhites continued their chase for Champions League football.

The last time both teams met Chelsea ran out 2-0 winner with a double from Sam Kerr. Tottenham are a different team this season and have shown that the Hive is a difficult place for visiting teams to come and get points but the Champions are probably Tottenham’s toughest opposition to date in the current season.

Renewal news.

Since our last match Tottenham gave announce three renewals. The first the first renewal announced by the club was for Rehanne Skinner.

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After the fantastic job that skinner has done at Tottenham, she has been rewarded with a contract that takes her to 2024. An interview with our head coach can be seen below.

Tottenham’s second renewal was announced a day later with Kit Graham renewing until June 2023.

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An interview with our number 16 can be seen below as we look forward to Kit returning from injury and gracing us with her magic on the field.

Tottenham’s third announcement came the next day when Tottenham announced the renewal of one of our longest serving-players, the always popular Ash Neville.

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An interview with our number 23 can be seen below.

News.

The North London Derby now has a new date and kick-off time after being rescheduled due to Covid. The game will now take place on Wednesday, May 4th at 19.15 at the Emirates Stadium. Original tickets purchased are still valid for the rescheduled game but if fans are unable to attend they can contact the box office on 0207 6195000 or open a request via the link https://arsenalfc.freshdesk.com/support/tickets/new. For those that are unable to attend NOTE that the match will be broadcast live on BBC TWO.

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In other news Tottenham’s match against Everton on Sunday, May 1st has been moved from 13.00pm kick-off to a 19.30pm kick-off time. This change was requested by Everton due to the Men’s team playing at Goodison Park on the same day.

Goal of the Season.

The nominations are out for Goal of the season, voting closes on Sunday 1st May. Votes can be placed over at https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/2022/april/202122-spurs-women-end-of-season-awards/

Lineups.

Tottenham 3-4-3 Korpela in goal, Harrop, Bartrip and Zadorksy in the center of defence. The Tottenham midfield was made of Neville, Cho, Schnaderbeck and Summanen. The Tottenham front three was made of Simon down the left, Naz down the right and Williams in the center.

Chelsea 3-5-2: Berger in goal, Nouwen, Bright and Carter in defence. The Chelsea midfield was made of Charles, Cuthbert, Ingle, So-Yun and Reiten. Up front for Chelsea was England and Kerr.

First half.

Chelsea started on the attack from the start and it took the hosts just 3 minutes to threaten the Tottenham goal when slick passing by the blues found Cuthbert who shot from the edge of the box but her effort was deflected out for a corner. Tottenham came close in the 9th minute when a Bartrip corner was met by Williams but her header was just over Berger’s bar. Tottenham settled into the game quickly and gained control of possession. Tottenham took the lead in the 14th minute when Bartrip hit the post from a corner and the ball hit ingle before turning into her own net to give Tottenham the lead.

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Tottenham had claims for a penalty rejected in the 21st minute when Charles seemed to connect with Williams in the box but no VAR in the super league cost Tottenham a chance to double their lead. Chelsea managed to get back on level terms when Ji found Reiten with a pass before leaving Neville behind and unleashing a cross/shot which looped over Korpela to draw Chelsea level.

Williams found herself in a goal-scoring opportunity after latching onto a Cho long ball before Berger rushed outside of her box and clashed with Williams and was shown a straight red card. Tottenham took advantage of Chelsea being down to 10 players by dominating possession and pinning Chelsea back. Tottenham tried to look for a way through a stubborn Chelsea defence but was unable to capitalise and get a second before the break.

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The 4th official indicated a minimum of 5 minutes of added time. Tottenham continued to throw everything at Chelsea looking for a goal but it was Chelsea that came closest in the 50th minute when Sam Kerr ran down the left wing and centred into the box finding Reiten but Bartrip was able to get a good block in to deny the hosts a second before the break.

Second half.

Chelsea made two changes at half-time with Harder and Erikson coming on for Ji and Nouwen. Chelsea started the second half the strongest of the two teams not letting Tottenham settle and control possession. Tottenham began to settle from the 55th minute regaining control of the game. Chelsea came close in the 56th minute when Kerr latched onto a long ball but fantastic defending by Schnaderbeck put pressure on Kerr as Korpela made the save to deny Chelsea a second.

Tottenham came straight at Chelsea a minute later with Summanen finding Harrop down the left before unleashing a shot cross but her effort was palmed away by Musovic only as far as Naz but put her effort over the Chelsea bar for what should have been Tottenham’s second of the game. Tottenham continued to pressure Chelsea and came close again in the 68th minute after a great interception by Summanen found Harrop with a pass before setting Naz loose who did well twisting and turning the Chelsea defence before skying her effort over Musovic’s bar.

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Tottenham was punished for all their missed chances two minutes later in the 70th minute when Anderson gots a cross into the Tottenham box finding Kerr who nodded the ball past Korpela to give Chelsea the lead. Tottenham pushed everyone forward looking for an equaliser but struggled to break through a defensive Chelsea team who double teamed Tottenham’s attackers to prevent them from creating any opportunities. Chelsea played the final 5 minutes more physicalcally which saw Carter and Bright booked for challenges which could have seen Chelsea go down to 9.

The 4th official indicated a minimum of 5 minutes of injury time as Tottenham threw everything at Chelsea. Tottenham was punished in the 94th minute when a misplaced pass by Summanen was gathered by Fleming who shot from distance into Korpela’s top left corner to give Chelsea a third before the game was brought to an end.

Player of the Match.

Tottenham gave their all against a tough opposition. Every player played with heart and soul but as hard as the decision for this week’s player of the match was we have gone with Molly Bartrip. Bartrip was solid in the Tottenham defence, she kept Kerr and England quiet and was a threat to the Chelsea goal on numerous occasions.

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Breaking News!

Tottenham has just announced two more renewals going into the 2022-23 season. First up is Captain, Shelina Zadorsky who has renewed until 2023.

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An interview with our captain can be seen below.

Tottenham has also announced the renewal of Becky Spencer who has signed a new contract keeping her at the club until 2024.

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An interview with our shot-stopper can be seen below.

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