In a tense London Derby at Stamford Bridge, Tottenham Hotspur led by former Blues boss Jose Mourinho and Chelsea played out a 0-0 stalemate. With Liverpool being held to 1-1 by Brighton on Saturday, it provided both sides to go top of the table with a victory in their clash on Sunday.
Despite the draw, Tottenham were able to achieve that objective as they overtook the defending champions on goal difference. Meanwhile, Frank Lampard’s side remain just two points off the summit in what promises to be an enthralling title-race in a chaotic season.
The hosts dominated possession of the ball and looked to have scored an early goal when Timo Werner was played straight onto goal by Mason Mount and found the net through a stunning finish. However, it did not count as the linesman raised his flag after the German was spotted as offside.
Despite them not seeing much of the ball, the visitors had an early chance as Serge Aurier fired from distance only to be denied by Eduard Mendy in the Chelsea goal. For large parts of the first half, Chelsea were left frustrated as Spurs excellent organization proved too tough for them to break down.
However, in the second half that chances started to flow as a couple of crosses by Reece James found Tammy Abraham who failed to direct his headers towards goal on most occasions. The Englishman had another opportunity when a splendid pass by Timo Werner presented himself in the box but he could not get a good connection to slot it home.
A few minutes later Hakim Ziyech was presented with a golden opportunity right in front of goal but the Morrocan’s shot went into the stands. However, the best chance of the game came in added time debutant Joe Rondon headed the ball straight into Oliver Giroud’s path however the French international could not generate power into his shot and the ball went straight into the hands of Hugo Lloris.
However, Chelsea were given a scare of their own when seconds before the whistle Kurt Zouma misplaced a pass in a dangerous area however Giovani le Celso misfired the attempt which was Mourinho’s side only shot on goal in the entire second half.
Next up, Chelsea will travel to Seville to seal top spot in their Champions League group meanwhile Tottenham will host Antwerp in the Europa League.
Both teams face tough home games in their next Premier League assignments as Mourinho’s men will host local rivals Arsenal in the North London Derby while the Blues host newly-promoted Leeds United who have won the imagination of football fans.
With 2000 fans allowed in football stadiums in London from 2nd December, both these games are set to become the first set of Premier league games played with supporters inside the stadium since March.