Premier League Review: Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

Spurs 2 – 0 Chelsea Match Review:

Tottenham Hotspur secured the London bragging rights against Chelsea on Sunday, beating Graham Potter’s side 2-0, in what was a comfortable victory for Antonio Conte’s side at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

In securing their fourth win in their last five Premier League matches, Spurs are 4 points clear of 5th place Newcastle United which strengthens their hopes of qualifying for Champions League football for the second successive year come the end of the season.

It was the Blues who had the first opportunity of the match through Portugal international João Felix, whose effort flew wide of the far post (2’).

Chelsea then had another opportunity moments later, with Hakim Ziyech seeing his effort from outside of the penalty area well blocked by the Spurs defence (12’).

The first chance for Tottenham came through their all-time leading goal scorer, Harry Kane, who saw a his effort fly just past the post after receiving a pass from Ben Davies (20’).

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg then had a chance to give the Lilywhites the lead following a pass from summer signing Richarlison. The Denmark international was unfortunate to see his shot blocked by the Blues back line (27’).

Spurs were now in full control of the contest and looked the more likely team to find the opening goal as they looked for a vital victory.

Richarlison had an effort on goal of his own just before half time, but the ball flew narrowly wide of the post (41’).

There was further drama in the first half when Chelsea’s Ziyech was initially sent off, only for the red card to be overturned after a VAR check.

The half time whistle went with the game goalless. Spurs were eager to find the back of the net in the second half and it came with the first opportunity of the second half. Academy product Oliver Skipp was able score his first senior goal for Spurs with a rocket like shot flying into the top right corner, giving Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga no chance (46’).

The second half was not without Chelsea having chances. After João Felix had a shot well blocked, Raheem Sterling then had an effort on goal, but his header was well saved by Fraser Forster (70’).

Richarlison was then provided with a chance to double Spurs’ advantage after a fantastic cross into him from Emerson Royal, but the forward’s effort went over the crossbar (75’).

Spurs finally secured a deserved 2-0 lead in the dying embers of the match. With Eric Dier’s initial header looking to be going wide of the post, Harry Kane was on hand to fire the ball into the back of the net from close range (82’).

The final whistle went soon after, securing a crucial three points for Spurs as they continue to challenge for Champions League football next season.  Tottenham were more clinical, scoring with two of their three shots on target. Chelsea were unable to score with any of their 10 shots.

The next match for Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is against AC Milan in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie. Conte’s side will then face Nottingham Forest in their next Premier League game at home.

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