Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea: Oliver Skipp and Harry Kane on target for Spurs
Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea: Oliver Skipp and Harry Kane’s second-half goals see Spurs seal London derby bragging rights – as pressure grows on under-fire Blues boss Graham Potter after another defeat
- Chelsea star man Thiago Silva was forced off injured after just 19 minutes after colliding with Harry Kane
- Blues were briefly reduced to ten men but Hakim Ziyech’s red card was overturned after review by VAR
- But Spurs took initiative after the interval with Oliver Skipp and Harry Kane blasting them to a deserved win
Of all the ways Chelsea have contrived to avoid victory during this awful sequence of results since the World Cup this will have been the hardest to swallow.
At Tottenham, enemy turf, against a team who have been far from fluent and yet are well set for a place in the top four with the home crowd baying at their misfortune, languishing in midtable.
For all their flair and ability, they looked soft, easy to keep out, easy to penetrate.
Oliver Skipp, scorer of the first for Spurs, eclipsed Enzo Fernandez in midfield, and Harry Kane added the second to remind the visitors what a goalscoring centre forward looks like.
Many of those in the away end left early. Those who remained, applauded their team at the end and Graham Potter, who went across to show his thanks for their backing.
Harry Kane continued his goalscoring form as Tottenham secured London derby bragging rights with a win over Chelsea
Harry Kane proved a nuisance early on, and looked to have found space to get a shot off before being denied by Thiago Silva
Kane collided with the 38-year-old, falling on Silva’s outstretched leg and leaving the Brazilian in considerable discomfort
But they have won only one of the last 11 games and this expensive collection of signings thrown together still look some distance from a team.
It didn’t help Potter losing his captain Thiago Silva, early in the game and Spurs took advantage.
Antonio Conte, watching from home in Turin as he continues to recover from surgery to remove his gallbladder, would have been proud of the clinical performance to consolidate in fourth.
His assistant Cristian Stellini still has an impeccable record of seven wins out of seven in his absence, three at Inter Milan and now four at Spurs.
The first half was disjointed and bad-tempered. It started with a penalty appeal by Chelsea for a trip by Skipp on Joao Felix, checked by VAR and not given, featured an injury to Thiago Silva and a clash between Kane and Kepa Arrizabalaga, who Tottenham thought was spending more time then he should over his kicks.
It ended with a skirmish and more chaos featuring Stuart Attwell and his team officials, during which Hakim Ziyech saw a red card downgraded to a yellow.
Despite initially attempting to play on, Silva was unable to continue following the collision and was replaced by Wesley Fofana
Raheem Sterling had one of Chelsea’s better chances in the first half but his strike was well saved by Fraser Forster
Chaos descended between the two sides prior to the interval, with Hakim Ziyech clashing with Spurs defender Emerson Royal (not pictured) in an off the ball incident
Referee Stuart Attwell showed the Morocco star a red card after he appeared to strike Royal in the face during the melee
But the decision would ultimately be overturned by VAR, with Ziyech instead handed a yellow card for his role in the spat
The incident erupted from a tangle between Hakim Ziyech and, inevitably, Richarlison in midfield. They squared up and others rushed in. Emerson Royal barged Ziyech in the back and Chelsea’s Morocco international retaliated.
He shoved the Brazilian, his hand riding up from a shoulder and into a cheek and Royal spotted his opportunity and rolled around on the floor.
Once the melee subsided, Attwell consulted his on-pitch assistants and issued yellow cards to Kai Havertz and Royal. Then, the referee seemed to get a message in his ear from VAR Paul Tierney, and called Ziyech aside and sent him off.
There was a furious reaction from the visitors and Attwell ran off to check his monitor. When he returned, he changed the red card to a yellow.
Spurs took the initiative early in the second half with Oliver Skipp launching a thunderbolt of a strike to put his side ahead
The 22-year-old’s strike marked his first goal for his boyhood club and gave Antonio Conte’s side a deserved lead
It was probably the right outcome in the end and it did not alter the result, but the air of shambles did not help the officials, who struggled to control the contest. Then, the game was held up in the second half when Attwell had to go off and change his communications equipment.
Chelsea flickered early on, with Joao Felix but lost captain Thiago Silva with what appeared to be knee trouble. Wesley Fofana replaced him and made a fine sliding block to deflect a low shot by Pierre Emile Hojbjerg against a post.
Tottenham threatened when they broke out of defence but this was their only real effort at goal in the first half.
Fraser Forster denied Raheem Sterling, who collected a long pass from Ziyech, darted inside from the left, skipped past a couple of chances and took aim.
The game had to be paused twice as officials at pitchside rushed to replace Attwell’s faulty communications equipment
Kane found space at the back post after Eric Dier flicked on from a corner and struck home to double his side’s lead
Spurs took the lead at the start of the second half, a wonderful strike by Skipp for his first Premier League goal and his first for the club.
Although it was poor defending by Chelsea from the moment Kepa saved a shot by Royal. The goalkeeper failed to hold the ball but could have easily gathered at the second attempt. Instead, Enzo Fernandez took over, trying to hook the ball clear.
His clearance was poor and Skipp outmuscled Felix as it bounced their way, then smashed a fierce swerving shot past Kepa.
Once ahead, Spurs looked solid. They defended well, Forster kept a good goal, with one strong save at the feet of Kai Havertz, and the second came from a corner soon after Son Heung-min had been sent on to replace Dejan Kulusevski. Kane finished at the back post after Son’s corner had been flicked on by Dier.
TOTTENHAM VS CHELSEA MATCH FACTS
Tottenham (3-4-2-1): Forster, Lenglet, Dier, Romero, Davies, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Emerson, Richarlison (Porro 89), Kulusevski (Son 79), Kane
Substitutes not used: Sanchez, Perisic, Danjuma, Tanganga, Moura, Sarr, Austin
Manager: Antonio Conte
Goals: Skipp 46′, Kane 82′
Booked: Emerson, Davies
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Arrizabalaga, Chilwell, Koulibaly, Silva (Fofana 19), James, Fernandez, Loftus-Cheek (Mount 62), Sterling (Aubameyang 83), Felix (Mudryk 83), Ziyech (Zakaria 62), Havertz
Substitutes not used: Badiashile, Bettinelli, Gallagher, Madueke
Manager: Graham Potter
Booked: Havertz, Ziyech, Mount
Referee: Stuart Attwell
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