January 5, 2017

Sinclair: No Panic For Chelsea  (Sky Sports)

Dejected ChelseaFormer Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair does not think the Blues need to panic in the wake of their 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on Wednesday.

Antonio Conte's side went into the game looking for a record-breaking 14 consecutive Premier League victories, but two headed goals from in-form Spurs midfielder Dele Alli ensured the Blues would not break Arsenal's run from the 2001/02 Season.

However, Sinclair insists Chelsea must put the defeat behind them and look to put together another string of positive results.

Chelsea had conceded just twice in 12 Premier League games but have shipped in two goals in each of their last two matches, but Sinclair is not unduly concerned by the way Alli was allowed to take advantage of defensive lapses to score his double at White Hart Lane.

"I don't think it's a major problem for Chelsea, their back five have been drilled," he told Premier League Daily. "If you look over that winning series of games, how well they have defended.

"You would take that run all day long after the defeat to Arsenal that got this run going.

"The Chelsea squad and the group of players would have known this run would come at an end at some point. It's not about the actual result yesterday, it's about how they respond to that."

Chelsea's next match in the Premier League is an away trip to defending champions Leicester, and Sinclair warned it will not be easy for the Blues to go on another winning run.

"Can we get on another unbeaten run?", he said. "Can we make that into winning streaks of games again and see out this half of the season and go on to win the league?

"It won't be easy because there are some tough games coming up for Chelsea."

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