Chelsea scored three goals in the second half to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, and Antonio Rudiger were on target.
On a day marked by heartbreaking tributes to Jimmy Greaves, the Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and England star who died early Sunday, Thomas Tuchel’s side demonstrated their title credentials in spectacular fashion.
After a scoreless first half in north London, the visitors gained control shortly after the interval when Silva headed Marcos Alonso’s corner beyond Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Kante, a half-time substitution for Mason Mount who had recovered from an ankle injury, doubled Chelsea’s advantage with a long-range drive that took a deflection off Eric Dier before looping in off the post while the hosts were still staggering.
Spurs had been boosted by the return of Heung-Min Son, Cristian Romero, and Giovani Lo Celso, but they were unable to cope with Chelsea’s second-half display and slipped further behind when Rudiger despatched Timo Werner’s cut-back in stoppage time.
HOW THE GAME WENT DOWN:
Before kick-off, both sets of fans gathered together in an emotional minute of applause for Greaves, which was led from the touchline by a group of Tottenham veterans including Glenn Hoddle, Martin Chivers, Ledley King, and Ossie Ardiles.
The veteran striker began his career at Chelsea before becoming Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer, but once the game-the world’s first to achieve net-zero carbon emissions-got underway, there was no love lost between his two former sides.
The game got off to a frantic start, with both teams pressing high up the pitch and attacking at breakneck speed. Son, who had returned to the Spurs line-up after the international break, seemed particularly dangerous, but Chelsea’s Kai Havertz had the first serious chance.
When Cesar Azpilicueta’s header landed on him in the Spurs box, the 22-year-old was in space, but he failed to connect properly with his shot, much to the delight of the home fans behind the goal-post.
Spurs quickly re-entered the game, but were almost caught off guard a few minutes later as Mason Mount raced forward and swapped passes with Romelu Lukaku inside the Spurs box. The Chelsea player, like Havertz, sliced his shot wide.
Sergio Reguilon got in behind the Chelsea defense after receiving a pass from Son, but Rudiger cut off his low cross meant for Lo Celso.
Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen curled a long-range effort barely wide, and Tottenham’s greatest chance of the half was squandered when Son’s heavy touch allowed Kepa Arrizabalaga, who had replaced Edouard Mendy, to block his shot.
Silva’s goal came after two too good chances for Alonso, the first of which saw Lloris tip his stinging volley over the bar and the second of which was hacked off the line by Dier.
Chelsea won’t have to wait long to double their advantage, as Lo Celso lost control in his own defensive third, allowing Mateo Kovacic to feed Kante, whose deflected shot caught Lloris off guard.
Chelsea’s lead was only kept at a manageable level thanks to Lloris’ quick reflexes before Rudiger added their third.
As Chelsea pushed forward, the Frenchman parried another header from Silva and made brilliant saves from Werner and Kovacic.
Tuchel’s side capped a dominant performance with Rudiger’s goal, leaving Spurs to face a second consecutive three-goal defeat, putting an end to their unbeaten start to the season.
Tottenham: Lloris (7), Reguilon (6), Romero (6), Dier (7), Royal (6), Hojbjerg (7), Ndombele (6), Alli (5), Lo Celso (5), Son (5), Kane (5).
Subs: Skipp (6), Gil (6), Sanchez (6).
Chelsea: Kepa (7), Azpilicueta (8), Rudiger (7), Christensen (7), Thiago Silva (9), Alonso (8), Kovacic (7), Jorginho (7), Mount (6), Havertz (6), Lukaku (7).
Subs: Kante (8), Werner (6).
Man Of Thee Match: Thiago Silva
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