Chelsea continue to dominate as they extend their unbeaten streak in north London.
Not only was Greaves known as one of the most clinical strikers of all-time, but he was also a club legend at both Chelsea and Tottenham – who faced off in Sunday’s evening game.
Entering the game Tottenham hadn’t beaten Chelsea in the Premier League in just under three years – which made the game of even more significant value for the hosts. Moreover, Spurs were also looking to bounce back from the 3-0 defeat that they suffered last week to fellow London club Crystal Palace.
Their opponents on the other hand arrived at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in scorching-hot form. The Blues are unbeaten in the season thus far, growing with confidence and momentum as the games roll on.
After receiving an injury in mid-week, Chelsea named back-up goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the starting eleven. The Spaniard was one of three changes, with Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz being the other two.
Nuno Espírito Santo and Spurs were boosted by the availability of Heung-Min Son – who passed as fit and was named in the starting eleven. New signing Christian Romero was also named in replacement of the suspended Japhet Tanganga.
In need of finding a result, Tottenham started the game positively which led to some desperate defending from Chelsea early on.
However, Tuchel’s side eventually found their feet with a chance coming for Kai Havertz on the 11th minute. The German looked set to hit the target with a volley inside the penalty area but fluffed his lines as he failed to find a connection with the ball.
Three minutes later, a counter-attack led by Mason Mount should’ve saw the Blues find the opener. However, the midfielder failed to capitalise and eventually saw his shot blocked.
Overall, there was a positive start to the game with both teams looking dangerous.
There were later chances at either end as Christensen saw his effort sail wide. The better of the two however came for Son, who failed to convert past Kepa in a 1-on-1 situation.
Despite the chances and high intensity, there was just one shot on target between both teams in the first half.
After a disappointing first half, Chelsea began the second half on the front foot. A long ball from Thiago Silva found a stretching Marcos Alonso, who saw his volley denied by Hugo Lloris.
The Spurs captain did well to deny the defender, but was helpless just three minutes later as the Blues found their opener.
The early pressure paid off as Thiago Silva was able to convert Marcos Alonso’s corner, with his header powering past the French international.
On the 52nd minute, Chelsea was denied a second as Marcos Alonso was denied by a goal line clearance. The Blues suddenly looked in full control of the game.
Four minutes later, N’Golo Kanté’s long-distance effort was deflected off Eric Dier and into the back of the net. Within seven minute the visitors had built a solid two-goal lead whilst showing no signs of slowing down.
In the attempt of finding a response, there was later shots from Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane. However, neither brought the best out of Kepa.
Throughout the second half Chelsea continued to look a constant threat in the air. Both Thiago Silva and Romelu Lukaku saw their headers on goal denied by Lloris, with the Blues looking to put he final nail in the coffin.
In stoppage time, Chelsea’s hunger for another was too much for Tottenham who saw Antonio Rüdiger pick up the third and final goal of the game.
After the whistle:
Like a fine wine, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea seem to mature with each passing week. The Blues have impressed early on in the new season and are currently top of the league despite already facing the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham away from home.
From the defence through to the attack, the Blues seem to have control across the park. There is a perfect blend on youth, depth and experience within the squad – making the London club many people’s favourite to lift the trophy in May.
Spurs, on the other hand, have put their brilliant start behind them by picking up back-to-back defeats since the international break.
More alarmingly, Nuno’s side lost both game’s 3-0. The Portuguese coach will hope to get proceedings back on track with a Carabao Cup victory against his former side Wolves in midweek.
For Chelsea, Tuchel will be hoping for more of the same. The Blues will next face Aston Villa on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Chelsea.
- Silva (49’).
- Kanté (57’).
- Rüdiger (90+2’).
BBC Sports Player of the match:
Thiago Silva (Chelsea).
Tottenham Hotspur (4-3-2-1): Lloris ©; Royal, Romero (83’), Dier, Regulión; Ndombele (62’), Højbjerg, Alli; Lo Celso (62’), Kane; Son.
- Subs: Skipp (62’), Gil (62’), Sánchez (83’).
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Arrizabalaga; Christensen, Silva, Rüdiger; Azpilicueta ©, Jorginho, Kovačić, Alonso; Mount (45’), Havertz (70’); Lukaku.
- Subs: Kanté (45’), Werner (70’).
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Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).