After an impressive first-half performance, Chelsea held on for a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday in north London, leapfrogging their hosts and climbing to sixth in the Premier League table.
Thomas Tuchel’s side dominated the early stages of the contest, and were rewarded with a penalty after Timo Werner had been taken down inside the area by Eric Dier, with Jorginho duly converting the spot kick. Jose Mourinho made adjustments at half-time and Spurs were far more menacing in the second period, but the visitors bent but never broke, securing all three points.
Chelsea showed brilliant intent from the very first whistle, dictating the tempo of the game and dominating the ball, playing with a great deal of fluidity. The Blues also can take pride in a third straight clean sheet kept under Tuchel, with Tottenham exerting considerable pressure in the closing stages as they searched for an equaliser.
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The wastefulness. Chelsea carved out several gilt-edged chances in the opening 45 minutes but only had the solitary goal to show for it. As Spurs pressed in the second half, opportunities presented themselves in transition, but the west Londoners were unable to convert and left themselves in a precarious position in the games closing minutes.
Manager rating out of 10
8 — Tuchel’s side completely outclassed Spurs in the first half. Mourinho’s adjustments at the interval tipped things in the hosts’ favour, and the Chelsea boss’s substitutions didn’t quite inject his side with the impetus to swing the balance back the other way, but ultimately his system created opportunities — his attacking players just too often failed to convert them.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Edouard Mendy, 6 — Made a few saves but a lot of them were fairly routine, with Erik Lamela’s effort from range being his biggest test.
DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 7 — Played some superb passes through to Werner and Mason Mount, while remaining typically resilient in his defensive work. Booked for a late foul on Son Heung-Min.