Tanguy Ndombele made as many dribbles as Chelsea's whole team yesterday

Sam Preston November 30, 2020
Tanguy Ndombele made as many dribbles as Chelsea's whole team yesterday
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Chelsea and Tottenham played out a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

It was a game of caution instead of risk and on paper that may not sound ideal for Tanguy Ndombele.

But the Frenchman put in a dominant midfield display, completing six dribbles before being subbed on 64 minutes.

Not only was that more than anyone in Tottenham colours, it was the same as Chelsea’s entire team put together, as per WhoScored.

At half time, Ndombele had made four to Chelsea’s two. By full time, Mason Mount had made three, with N’Golo Kante, Tammy Abraham and Mateo Kovacic grabbing one apiece.

The former Lyon man has added greater robustness to his game this season, and that is helping to show his silky footwork.

He was unable to unlock the door in a game of few chances but was clearly confident in terms of taking the game to Chelsea.

Up against his countryman Kante, one of the best holding midfielders in the world, that’s no mean feat.

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Given Jose Mourinho took Ndombele off with over 25 minutes left, perhaps there was something else about his afternoon which he didn’t enjoy.

Then again, with the games coming thick and fast, the substitution could have been for fitness reasons.

Next up for Tottenham is the north London derby against an Arsenal side short on goals and confidence after a 2-1 loss against Wolves yesterday.

Thomas Partey will be absent for the Gunners, and Mikel Arteta will need to find a way to stop Ndombele driving forward at his backline on Sunday.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.