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Tottenham 0-3 Chelsea: Major Talking Points As Thomas Tuchel’s Side Impress Again

Tom Dunstan in Editorial, English Championship 20 Sep 2021

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Opening up the defence of their Champions League crown with a 1-0 win against Zenit in midweek, Chelsea managed to extend on their stellar purple patch when they travelled across the capital on Sunday afternoon.

Despite struggling in the first-half as they faced off against Tottenham in North London, the Blues breezed their way to a 3-0 romp against their bitter rivals, and the mood in their camp remains at a red-hot high.

Climbing their way back to the top of the Premier League standings and claiming local bragging rights in some fashion, we have taken a look at all the major talking points.

Chelsea lay down another marker

Struggling to gain much of a foot in proceedings during the first-half and heading down the tunnel a frustrated figure, there is no doubt that Thomas Tuchel deserves a huge amount of praise for his side’s display after returning from the break.

Making the decision to replace Mason Mount with the returning N’Golo Kante, Sunday’s guests immediately found their feet and dominated the second-half in what quickly became a one-way contest.

With veteran defender Thiago Silva heading home just minutes after the interval, Kante managed to hand Chelsea a quickfire double as his shot deflected off Eric Dier and past the on looking Hugo Lloris.

Climbing their way back to the top of the Premier League table as Antonio Rüdiger grabbed a deserved third in injury time, Tuchel’s high-flying squad now find themselves tipped by many as a leading contender in the title hunt.

Marking their return from September’s international break with back-to-back 3-0 wins against Aston Villa and Spurs, Chelsea are now priced at 19/10 with 888sport to lift their first domestic crown since 2017.

The Blues shine at both ends

Shocking Manchester City back in May as they lifted the Champions League trophy out in Portugal, Chelsea have only gone from strength to strength after another summer that saw them break the bank.

While returning talisman Romelu Lukaku might have failed to add to his tally in North London on Sunday afternoon, the one-time Manchester United man certainly appears to be the final missing piece in Tuchel’s puzzle.

Really impressing since making a big-money return from the San Siro, Chelsea’s German boss will also be hugely excited by his side’s stunning run of form at the back.

Landing themselves yet another clean sheet as they eventually breezed their way to a 3-0 romp across the capital, the Blues have conceded just a single Premier League goal since opening the new campaign.

More impressive, now unbeaten in each of their previous six away games against ‘Big Six’ opposition, they have also remarkably kept more clean sheets than they have conceded goals since Tuchel’s reign got underway earlier in the year.

Spurs’ September nightmare

While Tottenham might have opened the 2021/22 campaign with three Premier League wins on the bounce, it does not appear to have covered what has been another worrying blip for Spurs.

Despite enjoying bright spells in the first-half and looking like they could cause an upset, Nuno Espírito Santo’s new side were blown away after returning from the break and simply couldn’t lay a glove on their London rivals.

With Kane still waiting for his first Premier League goal of the new season, the former Wolves boss now finds his side in the midst of what has been a downbeat September run.

Marking their return from the international break with a woeful display in their 3-0 loss at Selhurst Park, Tottenham fans will also be worried about their side’s continued toothless displays in the final third.

Only managing to open their Conference League run with a point away at Ligue 1 outfit Rennes on Thursday evening, Spurs have remarkably managed to land just a single Premier League goal from open play so far this campaign.

Match Report:

Tottenham: Lloris (6.5), Emerson (4.5), Romero (4), Dier (3.5), Regulion (4), Højbjerg (6), Ndombele (6), Alli (3.5), Lo Celso (4), Kane (3.5), Son (6)

Subs: Skipp (4), Gil (4.5), Sanchez (4)

Chelsea: Kepa (7), Christensen (7.5), Silva (8), Rüdiger (7.5), Azpilicueta (7), Alonso (7.5), Kovacic (7.5), Jorginho (7), Havertz (7.5), Mount (4.5), Lukaku (6)

Subs: Kante (8.5), Werner (5.5)

Goals: Silva 49′, Kanté 57′, Rüdiger 90’+2′

Yellow Cards: Werner

Red Cards: N/A

Referee: Paul Tierney

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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