An impressive performance from both London teams ensured a Derby Deadlock which kept everyone at the edge of their seats. The White Hart Lane was in for a showdown between a side that has lost only one game all season and one that had lost 7. Chelsea were starting to pick up themselves after an abysmal start to the season picking up 15 points from the opening 14 games.
Chelsea fielded and unexpected lineup with Spanish striker being relegated to the bench and opting to start with Eden Hazard in the pole position. Tottenham fielded a regular side with the exclusion of Delle Alli who was serving a suspension. Ryan Mason replaced him in the center of midfield with Moussa Dembele in the No. 10 position and English Striker upfront.
After a nervy start to the match, Chelsea managed to get into stride and battle with the home side in a thrilling encounter. Both sides played end to end football with Tottenham making the first attempt to get a goal. Both goalkeepers were tested a few times but were up to the task by keeping their opponents out.
Asmir Begovic and Hugo Lloris both made fine saves to keep Son and Hazard out. Tottenham were the ones taking shots from a distance whiles Chelsea tried to work their way into the Tottenham box. Shots from Harry Kane, Moussa Dembele and Son called Begovic into action whiles Hazard, Pedro, Willian and Oscar were also pulling strings at the other end of the field.
It was a game of two halves as the second half was as action packed as the first. Tottenham were forced to make a change as Ryan Mason had to come off injured and was replaced by Eric Lamela on the right side of attack. Son was also replaced by Clinton N’jie with a few minutes on the clock. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was hesitant to make changes as he was impressed with his side’s performance but it wasn’t long before Willian was struck in the face with the ball and was replaced by his fellow Brazilian Kenedy after Jose realized Willian was going through some discomfort. Pedro was also replaced by Loftus-Cheek with about 4 minutes on the clock.
There was a twist in the plot when Diego Costa expressed his anger in not being fielded after he was told to warm up by tossing his warm up bib in the direction of the Chelsea manager. This action was downplayed by the Chelsea boss in his post-match conference by saying if Diego wanted to harm him he would have done something worse than a bib and that there was no tension between them.
Pochettino on the other hand felt his team deserved more than one point and was eager to move on to better things by focusing on their next fixture.
With the game at 0-0, there were performances from players on both sides that particularly impressed the audience and fans. Moussa Dembele was outstanding in midfield and so was Eric Dier. Toby Alderweireld was also a rock at the heart of defense. Eden Hazard and Willian particularly played well for Chelsea and so did Kurt Zouma. He made impressive tackles and won majority of his aerial duels. Both goalkeepers were impressive for their teams.
Images from the match.
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