The Spurs started the game well, helped by several cheap giveaways from Chelsea. But we survived that early pressure and took charge of the proceedings. Tuchel talked before the game that we wanted to do just that, while keeping the Spurs from countering, and we did that very well indeed.
And it got even better when Chelsea opened the scoring within 20 minutes. Hugo Llloris made a great save on a shot by Kai Havertz, but couldn’t help a masterful volley by Kalidou Koulibaly from a corner from Marc Cucurella.
Chelsea kept control of the proceedings but failed to increase the advantage, and that condition remained true after the break – with the added change of Chelsea missing several presentable opportunities.
And then a bit of arbitrary incompetence, aided by a bit of lax play at the back, led to an equalizer for the Spurs midway through the second half, with an uncalled foul on Havertz and Richarlison heading towards Højbjerg’s shot. apparently not considered disruptive.
The benches emptied in the wake of the goal, but after things cooled down we quickly regained the lead thanks to Reece James.
Unfortunately, a last minute equalizer from Harry Kane on a corner, which followed a bit more incompetence from the umpires, would split the points.
- Two changes from last weekend, with Cucurella and Loftus-Cheek starting, both at fullback, and James dropping to right centre-back.
- Azpi on for Jorginho after the goal, falling from the back with James to the fullback and RLC to the middle. Gallagher for Kante after the injury. Pulisic for Sterling and Broja for Havertz in additional like-for-like changes.
- That’s now 40 Premier League matches that are “invincible at halftime”
- Chelsea hadn’t lost a Premier League home game we led at half-time since October 2011
- Following: Leeds United away this Saturday