A good point but we could have won that game.
Chelsea welcomed Mourinho and Spurs to Stamford Bridge on Sunday night in a game that was cautious from both teams. Mourinho stuck with his lineup from City while Lampard went with Mendy in goal, Reece James, Zouma, Silva and Chilwell as the defenders, Kante, Mount and Kovacic as the midfielders and Werner, Tammy and Ziyech up front. Tried and tested starting XI’s from both managers in a game that would take the winner to the top of the table.
The 1st half was evenly balanced with Chelsea dominating the 1st 15-20 minutes while Spurs came into the game as half time approached. The only real chance of the half fell to Werner who brilliantly finished past Lloris but he was offside by a few inches. Spurs themselves had no real chances as both the defences stayed strong. The 2nd half saw Chelsea dominate the game with everything being one way traffic. Spurs though were comfortable defending and while the Reece James and Ziyech put in some brilliant balls into the box Tammy couldn’t make contact with them. Mount probably had the best chance of the game with his shot being saved by Lloris. Rodon made a silly back pass towards the end which allowed Giroud to go through on goal but he couldn’t get enough elevation to get the ball past Lloris. Zouma then reciprocated the favour by passing right into Moura but Chelsea were able to nullify the attack. The game ended 0-0 and while it was a decent point for both teams it was also a 2 points dropped in a game that Chelsea dominated.
Chelsea Team Review
Mendy didn’t have much to do during the game but a made a good save from Aurier and was able to punch out a dangerous cross from Son in the 2nd half. Another clean sheet puts him top of the golden glove race making it 5 from 6 games as he continues to be a big plus in our side.
Our defence was solid and perhaps the biggest praise was that Son and Kane had no real threat throughout the game. At times I even forgot Kane was on the pitch as Zouma dominated the English striker. Silva was massive in keeping the defence organised and calm while Reece James and Chilwell had a good performance overall. Another clean sheet to their name and we move along.
A brilliant performance from Kante, Mount, and Kovacic in the midfield specifically in the 2nd half. Kante was able to snuff out any danger in Chelsea’s defensive area while Mount provided that creativity going forward when given a chance. Kova’s break away runs from Spurs players were eye catching but he still needs to work on his final pass and end product. A dominant game.
Not the best of the day for the forwards as Werner was marginally offside for his disallowed goal. Tammy probably should have scored a goal or two from James’s crosses but it was an off day for him. Ziyech grew into the game in the 2nd half and was probably our most dangerous forward player in the final 3rd but his final ball was lacking on the day. Pulisic, Havertz, and Giroud kept it consistent but Spurs stayed strong.
Lampard selected a good lineup and while some complained that the subs should have come earlier, Chelsea did create chances in the 2nd half and it was our finishing that let us down. A point will be considered decent from Lampard’s point of view but he will know Chelsea could have should have probably won that game based on the 90 minutes.
Chelsea remain 3rd in the table 2 points behind Spurs and Liverpool and a point ahead of Leicester. Spurs go top of the table on goal difference. Next up for Chelsea is a trip to Sevilla to play Sevilla for what is a massive game in the Champions League. COME ON CHELSEA!!!