Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea 4/2/21 – Full Match Report

José Mourinho loses back-to-back home league games for the first time in his career, as former team Chelsea triumph Spurs in north London.


Pre-game:

With both Tottenham and Chelsea climbing their way to the top of the Premier League in December, Thursday nights fixture was a crucial match for both clubs, who currently sit outside of the top four following a recent flurry of poor results.


Although Chelsea seem to be turning things around under new boss Thomas Tuchel, Spurs have lost their last two league games against both Liverpool and Brighton – making their game against Chelsea a crucial 90 minutes in the race for European football next season.


José Mourinho was forced to pick his squad despite the absence of Harry Kane, as the striker continues to nurse an ankle injury from the side-lines. Instead, striker Carlos Vinícius was selected to lead the Tottenham frontline. However, there was pressure fell on the Brazilians shoulders, with Spurs failing to score in 3 of their last 4 Premier League meetings with Chelsea.


This statistic would only benefit the visitors, who have clean sheets in both of their two games under Tuchel. The Blues have looked defensively sound under the German, who made just one change ahead of the London derby – with Reece James replacing striker Tammy Abraham.

First half:

Chelsea begun the match positively, and came close to breaking the deadlock in the opening seconds as César Azpilicueta launched a ball forward to Timo Werner. The German made the best he could with the half chance, as his header fell just wide to the relief of the Tottenham defence.


The attack was an early indicator of Chelsea’s aggression as they started the game on the front foot. The Blues were beginning to ask question of the visitors, who were happy to sit back and defend for the opening 20 minutes.


With the rain pouring in north London, the pitch could only benefit attacking players – which was perfect for the pace of Timo Werner. The German made a bursting round forward before being tackled by Eric Dier. Although the defenders initial challenge was clean, his attempted clearance catches Werner who got to the loose ball before him. The Chelsea striker went to ground, and the visitors were awarded a penalty.


There were no complaints from Dier, and even less from Thomas Tuchel – who saw his side lead 1-0 inside 25 minutes following Jorginho’s conversion.


Although the goal was hugely celebrated, Chelsea fans were later hit with a huge blow as Thiago Silva picked up an injury after a superb full stretch clearance. The Brazilian was substituted in a like-for-like change as he was replaced by Andreas Christensen.


Spurs saw their first real chance arrived on the 41st minute, as they looked to respond to Chelsea’s opener just before the break.


Serge Aurier originally won the free kick on the right-hand side, with a dangerous ball being put into the penalty area by Heung-Min Son. The cross was inviting and was met by defender Aurier who came close to a Tottenham equaliser.


Second half:

After a lacklustre first half, José Mourinho’s side begun the second brightly as they looked for their all-important equaliser. Spurs were pressing well and looked as if they were growing into the game as the minutes unfolded. Chelsea was forced to respond as they then turned up the gears.


It was once again Chelsea’s youth academy graduates who looked the most dangerous, as both Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount were at the forefront of The Blues most promising moves.


However, in typical Mourinho fashion – Tottenham continued to defend as they grinded their way through the game.


On the 63rd minute, Chelsea’s full backs combined as Reece James found Marcos Alonso on the edge of the penalty area. The Spaniard was full of confidence following his superb volley against Burnley on Sunday. However, his attempt on goal was this time struck with his weaker right foot, causing Lloris no bother.


A minute or so later, the Frenchman was called into action after a dreadful back pass from Eric Dier put the goalkeeper into an awkward situation. Lloris did excellently to header the ball away from Mason Mount, as the wet surface was beginning to take affect at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.


Chelsea however continued to hunt for a second goal that would all but guarantee 3 points for the visitors. On the 75th minute, Chelsea came close as Mason Mount wiggled his way through a couple of Tottenham defenders, only to be denied by a fantastic stop from Lloris who did phenomenally to get down low.


Despite Chelsea’s control, goalkeeper Édouard Mendy was finally called into action as he denied Éric Lamela from range. The Argentine did fantastic with his footwork to open up space, but his effort was comfortably saved by the Senegalese international, who looked to obtain his 10th clean sheet of the campaign.


Lamela was one of few players who looked to cause Chelsea problems as the minutes counted down to the full-time whistle. Despite both Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius having chances towards the end of the game – Chelsea left north London with all three points.


After the whistle:

The defeat to Chelsea made it the third defeat in a row for Tottenham, who look to be the next Premier League team to endure a succession of bad results in this unorthodox season. Next up for Mourinho’s side is West Brom on Sunday afternoon, it what looks to be a must win game for Spurs.


For Tuchel, its 7 out of a possible 9 points to his start in the Premier League, keeping clean sheets in all 3 of those games. The form of Chelsea almost entirely opposes the slump that Tottenham are currently in, as they’ll carry full momentum into their Sunday evening clash at Bramall Lane.


Final score:

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Chelsea

- Jorginho (24’)


Man of the match:

Mason Mount (Chelsea)


Line-ups:

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris ©; Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies; Højbjerg, Sissoko; Bergwijn (69’), Ndombele (69’), Son; Vinicius.

- Subs: Moura (65’), Lamela (65’).


Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta ©, Rüdiger, Silva (36’); James, Jorginho, Kovačić (74’), Alonso; Mount, Hudson-Odoi (65’), Werner.

- Subs: Christensen (36’), Pulisic (65’), Kanté (74’).

Referee:

Andre Marriner


Possession:

Tottenham Hotspur (42%) vs Chelsea (58%)


Shots:

Tottenham Hotspur (7) vs Chelsea (18)


Shots on target:

Tottenham Hotspur (2) vs Chelsea (2)


Corners:

Tottenham Hotspur (2) vs Chelsea (7)

Fouls:

Tottenham Hotspur (20) vs Chelsea (14)

- (statistics via BBC Sport)

Match highlights:

(statistics via BT Sport)

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