Chelsea have beaten London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs 2-0 in what was a close game. This loss is the third time that Tottenham have lost to Chelsea this month, which will surely be an eye opening stat for serial winner Antonio Conte. The result sees Chelsea in third place with 47 points but Spurs will overtake the Blues if they win their four games in hand.
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The first half was the perfect example of each teams’ coach’s respective football ideologies. Chelsea were dominating the possession stats, trying to be fluid in attack with Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech searching chances for record signing Romelu Lukaku. Tottenham were more cautious defensively, trying to counter attack Chelsea at every opportunity using Kane’s superior technique to release the impressive mix of physicality and pace of players such as Steven Bergwijn. Spurs striker Harry Kane coolly slotted the ball into the net in the latter half of the half only to see the goal disallowed due to his extended arm on Chelsea defender Thiago Silva’s back.
Chelsea were clearly the better team in the second half, they looked more focused and used vital players like Callum Hudson Odoi and Hakim Ziyech better to their strengths. Tottenham looked the same as they were in the first half, looking for a chance to counter attack. The scoresheet was opened by a marvelous Hakim Ziyech curler in the opening minutes of the first half. Spurs’ hopes for an easy come back were quickly shut down as in the 55th minute Thiago Silva scored a brilliant header from a free kick. The game ended with Spurs desperately searching for a goal against Chelsea’s strong defense.