Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 3 Chelsea: Blues beat Spurs in second half to take three points


An exciting first half ultimately didn’t matter as Chelsea dominated the rest of the game and took all three points out of the final score of 3-0.

There was cause for optimism as Nuno Espirito Santo presented a formation comprising a midfielder composed of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg. It was one of the strongest lineups of the season and with Chelsea missing N’Golo Kante, Spurs could perhaps come up with a surprise.

Timeline of the match:

3 ‘- Wild opening two minutes. Chelsea get the break almost immediately. The spurs put it out and make it to the other end for a few half chances. This fixture is never boring.

9 ‘- A solid start for the Spurs. The high press is in full swing and the midfielder is organized. I just need to put it back together to have a chance now.

14 ‘- Hojbjerg strives to cover every blade of grass. He’s everywhere to defend passes and break possession.

15 ‘- Phew. Dier misses a tackle on Mount which frees the Chelsea attack. Mount plays 1-2 with Romelu Lukaku, but Spurs clean him up and block the shot.

20 ‘- Chance for Spurs as they break in midfield. Sergio Reguilon timed his run perfectly and tried to find Son in the penalty area. It’s cleared by Chelsea but Kane gets another crack with a curler that throws Kepa. He knocks it down but ends up recovering the ball.

30 ‘- Chelsea replied and broke the press a little better, but Spurs defended well in the last third. The battle in the midfield was intense and Paul Tierney didn’t show much sign of showing a card, although there were a few worthy fouls.

34 ‘- Tanguy and Gio continue to find holes in Chelsea’s defense, enough to feed Sonny for a chance on goal. His touch is a bit heavy and enough for Kepa to break him.

43 ‘- This is your free ad for the LASIK eye surgery that changed my life almost seven years ago. The contacts are painful, but it seems that Tanguy took care of it.

PART TIME: No goals but an entertaining half-time nonetheless.

46 ‘- N’Golo Kante records Chelsea with Mason Mount seated.

47 ‘- Chance for Chelsea as Marcos Alonso performs a volley shot on target but parried over the net by Hugo. Scary moment to start the half-time.

49 ‘- Goal Chelsea – Thiago Silva. Spurs give up a corner and Alonso finds Silva, who beats Dele and directs the ball into the corner. 1-0 Chelsea.

53 ‘- Another great chance for Chelsea as Alonso is at the end of a free volley that beat Hugo, but Dier clears the line and ends the threat. It could easily be 2-0.

57 ‘- Goal Chelsea – N’Golo Kanté. Romero tries to feed Lo Celso, who hasn’t had a chance to turn and ends up returning the ball. Kante gets a pass and takes a tear 30 yards away. He takes a deflection from Dier and bounces inside the post for a goal. 2-0 Chelsea.

62 ‘- SUBSTITUTION, TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Double substitute while Skipp replaces Ndombele and Gil for Lo Celso.

70 ‘- SUBSTITUTION, CHELSEA: Timo Werner replaces Kai Havertz.

74 ‘- Almost 3-0 Chelsea. Another corner that finds Silva, who gives a header to the net. Hugo makes a superb save to prevent the score from worsening.

78 ‘- Another opportunity for Chelsea. Dier makes a rather mediocre effort to stop Lukaku, putting him two on one with Werner against Romero. Werner gets the pass and then … tries something that rolls harmlessly for Hugo.

80 ‘- Tierney finally takes his card out of his pocket to book Timo Werner for his challenge on Gil.

81 ‘- Chelsea with several chances but Hugo makes a save on Werner, Romero blocks an attempt, then Hugo parries a cross to end the threat.

86 ‘- All of Chelsea because they have another chance. Rudiger crosses a ball into the penalty area and finds Lukaku. He comes out for a head but Hugo stops.

92 ‘- Chelsea goal, Antonio Rudiger. It happened. Werner has days to run down the right flank and plays an effortless pass to the point. Rudiger does it once and he rolls into the net. 3-0 Chelsea.

FULL TIME: Chelsea took all three points after strangling Spurs in the second half, 3-0.

Thoughts on the match

  • For about 40 minutes, Spurs were the better team. They played very high pressure and wouldn’t let Chelsea catch their breath without someone in their face. Spurs just couldn’t take it.
  • Spurs owned the midfielder in the first half as Ndombele, Lo Celso and Hojberg played their roles. Pierre was everywhere and Ndombele and Lo Celso found good times to move forward.
  • Despite the score, I thought Romero and Dier both played well. They stifled several attacks and both made clearances that would have meant an even worse score.
  • I love Reggie, but man his death ain’t good. He needs to work on it but I’m ready to see what Ryan Sessegnon has to offer to challenge him.
  • Kane sucked today, no doubt. He fell deep in midfield and never seemed to be in the right place to score. His only effort was only scary because Kepa is Kepa and made a mountain out of a molehill.
  • I don’t have the energy to say how bad the second half was because everything fell off a cliff.
  • Spurs face Wolves on Wednesday in the EFL Cup ahead of the North London Derby next weekend at the Emirates Stadium.


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