A hard earned point and Stamford Bridge in their sixth game unbeaten keeps Spurs top of the league for two weeks running.
Critics may have labelled the performance boring and defensive, but it’s a good point for both sides. Sunday’s result also provided the fixture’s first 0-0 since 2012.
It started promisingly for Spurs, with some exciting counter attacks early on in the game, yet nothing came to fruition. On a few occasions, the ‘final’ pass prevented Tottenham from capitalising.
Some sloppy play from young Joe Rodon on his first Premier League start and a slip from Moussa Sissoko allowed Timo Werner to place an excellent right-footed strike beyond Hugo Lloris and inside the far post. Yet, on review, the goal was ruled to be offside. A sigh of relief, yes, but a wake up call.
It was Serge Aurier that forced Edouard Mendy into his first save, with his low effort excellently parried away by Chelsea’s young goal-keeper. Before the half-hour mark, Mason Mount skipped past Spurs’ bodies on the edge of the box, but his resulting effort fizzled harmlessly over the bar.
Just after half-time, a gap on the right flank allowed Reece James to swing in a delightful cross for Tammy Abraham, but the 6’3 striker proved wasteful. Steven Bergwijn then failed to prevent an almost carbon-copy of that chance just a few moments later, and Abraham could only recreate his previous attempt, as his effort trickled harmlessly wide.
Chelsea continued to create chances, as a brief lack of concentration from Eric Dier allowed Tammy Abraham to meet a low, in-swinging cross from the left by Timo Werner, but he again failed to make any real connection and it was skewed wide. Soon after, Hakim Ziyech tried to put his previous meetings with Spurs behind him, but after cutting in from the right, his left foot could only find the stands.
The best effort of the game came after 81 minutes. Mason Mount again tried his luck from long-range, striking the ball sweetly towards the bottom-right corner. It looked destined for the net, but France captain Hugo Lloris made an equally excellent save to tip it around the post, continuing his scintillating form.
The final chance of the game came when the substitute Olivier Giroud attempted to make the most of a weak header from Rodon, but his French counterpart was at hand to deny him a late winner.
The next league game for Spurs is a mouth-watering North London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but before then, they travel to Austria to face LASK Linz in the Europa League. A game in which they could ensure qualification for the knockout rounds, provided they take all three points.
Hotspur Hive’s Player Ratings
Hugo Lloris- 7. Didn’t have too much to do, but made some smart saves, most notably a low reach to his left to deny Mason Mount.
Serge Aurier- 7. Another good defensive display and got forward well. Largely dealt with Ben Chilwell. Had Spurs’ first shot on target.
Joe Rodon- 6. A shaky start and end, but everything in between was solid. Did well up against Tammy Abraham and made some fantastic interceptions. Watch this space.
Eric Dier- 7. A poor couple of minutes in the second half but other than that, very impressive. Another clean sheet.
Sergio Reguilón- 6. A very lively first half but a few poor decisions. Didn’t offer much going forward after the break.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg- 7. Another solid display. Defensively sound, and good on the ball.
Moussa Sissoko- 6. A good first half, but a weaker second half. Despite this, didn’t really put a foot wrong.
Tanguy Ndombele- 8. Had to be subbed just after the hour, but was terrific on the ball. A spectacular first half moment, where he, almost impossibly, shimmied excellently past two Chelsea players.
Heung-Min Son- 6. Hardly any time on the ball. Had fleeting moments going forward on the counter.
Steven Bergwijn- 5.5. Lively but largely ineffective. Lacked end product and was a weak link while contributing defensively.
Harry Kane- 6. An uncharacteristically quiet performance. Started some counters well.
Giovani Lo Celso (65′)- 5. A terrible moment of decision making late on. Got on the ball often but didn’t have a massive impact.
Ben Davies (89′)- N/A
Lucas Moura (90′)- N/A