Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger had been heading in the right direction as Chelsea produced a superb second-half efficiency to beat Tottenham 3-0 in #GameZero on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
On a day of emotional tributes to Jimmy Greaves, the Tottenham, Chelsea and England legend who died on Sunday morning, Thomas Tuchel’s facet underlined their title credentials in spectacular type.
Following a good first half in north London, the guests took cost of the sport when Silva headed Marcos Alonso’s nook past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris shortly after the break.
The hosts had been nonetheless reeling from that setback when Kante, a half-time substitute for Mason Mount having recovered from an ankle harm, doubled Chelsea’s lead with a long-range strike which took a deflection off Eric Dier earlier than bouncing in off the publish.
Spurs had been bolstered by the return of Heung-Min Son in addition to Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso however that they had no reply to Chelsea’s second-half efficiency and fell additional behind when Rudiger dispatched Timo Werner’s cut-back in stoppage time.
Tottenham: Lloris (7), Reguilon (6), Romero (6), Dier (7), Royal (6), Hojbjerg (7), Ndombele (6), Alli (5), Lo Celso (5), Son (5), Kane (5).
Subs: Skipp (6), Gil (6), Sanchez (6).
Chelsea: Kepa (7), Azpilicueta (8), Rudiger (7), Christensen (7), Thiago Silva (9), Alonso (8), Kovacic (7), Jorginho (7), Mount (6), Havertz (6), Lukaku (7).
Subs: Kante (8), Werner (6).
Man of the Match: Thiago Silva.
This was Tottenham’s second three-goal defeat in as many Premier League video games following final weekend’s loss at Crystal Palace however for the upwardly-mobile Chelsea, it was simply the newest assertion of intent from a facet with critical title ambitions.
How Chelsea claimed commanding win
The 2 units of followers joined collectively in an emotional minute’s applause for Greaves earlier than kick-off, with a gaggle of Tottenham legends together with Glenn Hoddle, Martin Chivers, Ledley King and Ossie Ardiles main the tribute from the touchline.
The much-loved striker began his profession at Chelsea earlier than occurring to turn into Tottenham’s document goalscorer however there was no love misplaced between his two former sides as soon as the sport – the world’s first to attain internet zero carbon emissions – acquired below manner.
- Spurs welcomed again Heung-Min Son following his calf harm, whereas Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso additionally returned to the crew together with Tanguy Ndombele.
- For Chelsea, Kepa Arrizabalaga changed Edouard Mendy in aim. Mason Mount changed Hakim Ziyech in one among 4 different adjustments, whereas N’Golo Kante was named on the bench.
It began at a frenetic tempo, with each side urgent excessive up the pitch and attacking at pace. Son, again within the Spurs crew for the primary time because the worldwide break, seemed notably harmful however the first actual likelihood fell to Chelsea’s Kai Havertz.
The 22-year-old was in area within the Spurs field when Cesar Azpilicueta’s header fell to him however did not make a correct connection together with his shot, a lot to the satisfaction of the house followers behind the aim.
Spurs had been swiftly again on the assault however virtually acquired caught out on the break a couple of minutes later when Mason Mount charged ahead and exchanged passes with Romelu Lukaku contained in the Spurs field. Like Havertz, although, the Chelsea man sliced his shot.
Spurs seemed like they may open the scoring not lengthy after that when Sergio Reguilon ran in behind the Chelsea defence from Son’s move, however his low cross aimed in the direction of Lo Celso was lower out by Rudiger.
Andreas Christensen curled a long-range effort narrowly huge for Chelsea and Son spurned Tottenham’s greatest alternative of the half when his heavy contact allowed Kepa Arrizabalaga, beginning rather than Edouard Mendy, to smother his shot.
All of it modified, although, with Kante’s introduction for Mount for his first look because the finish of final month. Spurs couldn’t familiarize yourself with Chelsea’s formation change as Tuchel sought to achieve management of the midfield.
Silva’s aim, headed house from near the penalty spot, got here both facet of too wonderful alternatives for Alonso, the primary of which noticed his vicious volley pushed over the bar by Lloris, the second of which was hacked off the road by Dier.
Chelsea did not have to attend lengthy to increase their lead, nevertheless, with Lo Celso dropping possession in his personal defensive third and permitting Mateo Kovacic to feed Kante, whose deflected shot wrong-footed Lloris.
It was solely due to Lloris’s sharp reflexes that Chelsea’s lead was not already larger earlier than Rudiger added their third.
The Frenchman parried one other header from Silva and likewise made wonderful stops from Werner and Kovacic as Chelsea poured ahead.
Rudiger’s strike capped a dominant efficiency from Tuchel’s facet and left Spurs to ponder a second consecutive defeat by a three-goal margin, rendering their profitable begin to the season a distant reminiscence.
Tottenham are away to Wolves within the Carabao Cup on Wednesday earlier than dealing with north London rivals Arsenal, dwell on Sky Sports activities from the Emirates Stadium subsequent Sunday.
Chelsea face Aston Villa within the Carabao Cup on Wednesday earlier than resuming their Premier League marketing campaign at house to Manchester Metropolis on Saturday.