Tottenham return to Premier League summit following London derby stalemate with Chelsea

Chelsea vs Tottenham

The weekend’s marquee Premier League tie played out a short time ago.

With Liverpool dropping points vs Brighton on Saturday, both Chelsea and Tottenham had the opportunity to go top on Sunday.

Both London-based outfits headed into the tie in solid form.

Chelsea boasted the best attack in the league prior to the weekend’s games whilst Spurs were in possession of the best defense of the current 20 PL sides.

The two teams had also only lost one game in the league this season, suggesting this tie would be a close affair.

And when all was said and done in South West London on Sunday evening, close was exactly what this tie proved to be.

Odds even

Unsurprisingly, it would be Chelsea who dominated possession in the early stages, with Spurs more than happy to sit off the Blues.

Spurs, though, did a decent job of not allowing Frank Lampard’s side to build up any sort of momentum in the final third, with Tanguy Ndombele marking N’Golo Kante out of the game early on.

The Lilywhites then had the first decent chance of the game, breaking well with Harry Kane playing in Steven Bergwijn whose effort went over.

Chelsea then mounted their own counter-attack, with Mason Mount finding Timo Werner whose curling effort from the left was ruled out for offside.

Serge Aurier then forced a solid save out of Edouard Mendy 14 minutes in.

The game then settled into something of a lull with Mason Mount’s over-the-bar effort the last noteworthy chance before the half-hour mark.

The first 45 eventually drew to a close with the score still at 0-0 and Jose Mourinho likely the happier of the two managers.

Chelsea created next to nothing in the first-half, with Spurs counter-attacking style well suited to this game.

Both Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele also impressed for the away outfit.

The former was superb defensively and often dropped into defence to support the inexperienced Joe Rodon on his PL debut, whilst Ndombele kept Kante out of the game, which hindered Chelsea’s build-up, and also made a nuisance of himself in the final 3rd.

Tottenham back on top

Chelsea had the first half-chance of the second 45 when Hakim Ziyech lofted a cross into Werner’s path but Tottenham closed the German down well.

The Moroccan then played in Reece James who whipped a good cross to Tammy Abraham, but the striker headed wide.

James produced a similar cross just minutes later with Abraham once again heading wide.

Chelsea continued to press with Werner this time attempting to find Abraham, who again couldn’t connect with the cross properly.

At this point in the game, Chelsea fans were probably desperate to see Olivier Giroud introduced, as he would likely have converted at least one of those crosses.

It would be Christian Pulisic who came on first for the Blues though, replacing Werner.

Giroud would eventually come on with just 12 minutes of normal time left.

Mason Mount then forced a superb save out of Hugo Lloris 80 minutes in with a long-range effort as Chelsea looked to push for a winner.

This was followed by a huge chance for Giroud after an error from Rodon, which the Frenchman squandered and put straight into Lloris’ hands.

Kurt Zouma produced his own defensive error just moments later, with Giovani Lo Celso this time wasting a great opportunity.

The final whistle blew with the points shared and Tottenham back top of the league.

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