Chelsea prove too strong for Tottenham as sublime Hakim Ziyech strike lights up London derby

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Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League live: Score and latest updates - GETTY IMAGES
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For all of Chelsea’s recent troubles in the Premier League there is always comfort for them in facing Tottenham. A fourth meeting this season, in the league and the League Cup, resulted in a fourth victory and by a thumping aggregate of 8-0. “Can we play you every week,” gleefully sang the Chelsea fans and who can blame them?

Mind the gap, as they say in London, and this big win meant that Chelsea re-established themselves as apparent shoo-ins for the top four and maybe more at a time when they feared being sucked into a five-way battle for the final two Champions League places.

It also damaged Spurs’ growing hopes and while they will look back on a first-half effort from Harry Kane that was ruled out the truth is that Chelsea were fully deserving of the points while the focus will again fall on the demands from Antonio Conte to improve his squad before the January transfer window closes. This will be one to watch if he does not get his way.

The Spurs head coach pointedly left out Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso – it is clear what he thinks of their prospects – along with Tanguy Ndombele who he does not want and Paris Saint-Germain do and tried to “park the bus”. Chelsea eventually smashed straight through that with the kind of vibrant second-half display that will blow away claims of discontent within their camp and stabilise things around their head coach Thomas Tuchel.

After winning just one of their previous seven league games, dropping 13 points which appears to have taken them out of the title race, Chelsea are suddenly 10 points ahead of fifth-place West Ham United and pushed away Spurs’ gathering threat. It further helped them that Arsenal drew at home to Burnley.

It was 18 years ago that Spurs arrived at this stadium, under Jacques Santini and gave such a determined defensive performance that they not only earned a goalless draw but a rebuke from Chelsea’s new manager – a certain Jose Mourinho who first used the Portuguese saying about “parking the bus” in front of the goal. Ironically the phrase came to be associated with his own style of football.

Still it took an exceptional strike from Hakim Ziyech to break the deadlock and that was quickly followed by a second, a deft header from Thiago Silva, which ended any doubt. The way Ziyech celebrated not only showed how important his goal was but was far different from the curious way he reacted – or did not react – to scoring against Brighton in midweek when he admitted he was frustrated. Still it was a brilliant effort.

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League live: Score and latest updates - REUTERS
Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League live: Score and latest updates - REUTERS

Conte’s approach was evident. It was the first time he had used a back-four in the Premier League for six years as he packed his team with defenders, playing Ryan Sessegnon and Matt Doherty in midfield with the responsibility squarely on Kane and Steven Bergwijn alone to carry the attacking threat - and so Spurs claimed just 25 per cent possession in the first-half and only 35 per cent overall.

Although that seemed negative it may well have been different had Kane’s effort stood as he swivelled and smartly finished after collecting a cut back from Sessegnon only to be pulled up for an push in Silva’s back as they both ran into the Chelsea penalty area.

It appeared to be a let-off for Chelsea who will have looked back on three clear chances that they failed to take with Romelu Lukaku hooking the ball over from Mason Mount’s low cross in the first minute and then completely missed another delivery from Mount. He looked like what he is; a player devoid of confidence while there was a backpost header from Callum Hudson-Odoi that lacked conviction.

Bizarrely the start of the second-half was delayed because the net was torn in the goal defended by Hugo Lloris and he was soon picking the ball out of it as Chelsea scored. Ziyech took possession after Hudson-Odoi’s powerful run, Sessegnon stood off and from 25 yards the winger superbly curled a left-foot shot that dipped high over Lloris, who was completely beaten, and dipped just underneath the angle of post and bar.

Analysis showed that it also owed much to the fact that Japhet Tanganga had already been cautioned and so fretted about challenging Hudson-Odoi and – for Chelsea – a vital overlapping run from Cesar Azpilicueta which distracted Sessegnon and was in itself worthy of an assist.

Seconds later and Lloris brilliantly denied Ziyech after he struck a fierce half-volley and suddenly the game opened up.

Conte tried to make changes. But before Lucas Moura and Oliver Skipp could arrive Chelsea doubled their advantage with Hudson-Odoi again crucially involved.

Eric Dier complained bitterly about the award of a free-kick - even though it was the right decision - and it proved prescient as Mount swung it in from the left and Silva stole in to glance his header across Lloris. Quite why Davinson Sanchez stuck out a leg, rather than try and get in front of Silva, was a mystery but Spurs were two goals down.

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League live: Score and latest updates - SHUTTERSTOCK
Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League live: Score and latest updates - SHUTTERSTOCK

It should have been reduced to one when they broke, with Kane’s cross eventually being headed to Bergwijn but he volleyed weakly and it was easily fielded by Kepa Arrizabalaga who later dived full length to turn away a Kane header from a corner.

But, equally, Chelsea could have extended their lead. Spurs substitute Oliver Skipp was fortunate not to concede a penalty when he wrestled Azpilicueta to the ground at a corner before Lloris beat out a crisp drive from Lukaku. There would be no late comeback for Spurs as against Leicester City and Conte knew that as he stood with his hands in his pockets.

Chelsea vs Tottenham, as it happened

07:26 PM

That's all folks

Thanks for joining us as always. One more game in midweek before the winter break - Burnley vs Watford.

And a week to go in the transfer window. Plenty of business to be done, potentially by Tottenham if Conte gets his way.

07:22 PM

Troubles for Conte

Antonio Conte likes to tell his players that they must suffer, but now it is time for Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy to take some pain and cut the club’s losses on the players who were left at home, while finding some extra transfer cash down the back of his expensive sofa.

Read Matt Law's piece from Stamford Bridge here.

07:01 PM

Spurs midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Disappointing, I thought at half-time we felt under presure but felt there was something to be taken and then two goals pretty quickly. When we got through the quality on the pass was not as we would like to.

We tried to stop them, tried to find different ways of stopping their quality players come in dangerous positions but Chelsea are a very versatile team.

06:56 PM

Sky Sports' Roy Keane reacts

They deserved it, they were by far the better team. It was a controversial decisions towards the end of the first half with Kane, but once they started the second half like that and got the second goal, it was game over.

Tottenham weren't great. When I hear people saying that it's not easy to break teams down - it is easy when you've got quality and you do things quickly.

Much better from Chelsea. It divvies up in the final 15 minutes when Spurs have a little bit of a go, but it's too late.

06:54 PM

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reacts

We were working extremely hard for it and it was a tough match. The effort was outstanding and it was a deserved win. It is so hard to create chances against them but we were relentless and kept on believing.

At halftime, we said to keep on going, there was no need for changes, some details of when to take the risk and when not. It was encouragement to keep on going and the players responded.

06:51 PM

London's finest

06:34 PM

Analysis

06:28 PM

FULL TIME: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

Big win for Chelsea. Their third against the visitors this month. Tottenham will rue Kane's goal being disallowed. Conte suffers defeat in the league for the first time as Spurs manager.

06:25 PM

94mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

Chelsea seeing out the match with the ball at their feet.

06:23 PM

90mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

Five minutes of stoppage time. Final Chelsea change sees Saul come on for Ziyech.

06:20 PM

88mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

Third Tottenham change - Winks off, Bryan Gil on.

06:19 PM

86mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

Second change for Chelsea - Hudson Odoi off, Alonso on.

06:18 PM

85mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

Good save from Kepa after a header from Kane off a corner.

06:15 PM

82mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

Just six touches in the Chelsea box for Spurs compared to 23 in the other for the hosts.

A clear sign of their dominance.

06:13 PM

80mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

Tottenham yet to really test Kepa in this half. Chelsea have kept them at arm's length impressively. The experience of Silva and Rudiger shining through.

06:08 PM

76mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

Lloris comes flying out to block Mount after a patient move by Chelsea.

06:06 PM

74mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

Unsavoury scenes as objects are being thrown at Rudiger from the Tottenham end. Referee Tierney speaks to his fourth official. Hopefully the culprits are found.

06:04 PM

72mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

First change for Chelsea sees Kante come on for Jorginho. Not a bad replacement to bring on.

06:01 PM

66mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

Lukaku has his best moment of the match. The ball is slid into his feet, he spins Sanchez and fires a powerful shot that is well saved by Lloris.

05:59 PM

66mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

05:54 PM

63mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

05:52 PM

59mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

Tottenham getting much more of the ball now. Chelsea seem happy to sit back and break on the counter.

05:48 PM

55mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

Immediate double change by the visitors - Skipp & Lucas on, Tanganga & Sessegnon off

05:47 PM

54mins: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0 GOAL Silva

Chelsea double their lead. Mount curls in a lovely free kick and Silva gets his head onto it and flicks the ball into the far post.

Uphill task for Tottenham now.

05:45 PM

52mins: Chelsea 1 Tottenham 0

A chance for Mount now but he whips his shot just over the bar.

05:41 PM

49mins: Chelsea 1 Tottenham 0

Ziyech has another go but this time Lloris gets a hand to it. Chelsea rampant at the moment.

05:39 PM

47mins: Chelsea 1 Tottenham 0 GOAL Ziyech

Wowzers. Deadlock broken in stunning fashion as Ziyech lashes in from 25 yards out.

05:37 PM

Second half: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

After a delay for a hole in the goal net, the match gets underway.

05:20 PM

HALF TIME: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

Goalless at the break. Harry Kane looked to have given Tottenham the lead but his goal was ruled out as the referee ruled that the striker had pushed Thiago Silva in the build-up.

That was unquestionably the biggest moment of the half.

05:16 PM

45mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

Three minutes added on.

05:16 PM

44mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

Silva heads over from an outswinging Mount corner.

05:15 PM

42mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

Tuchel is fuming on touchline as he feels Hudson Odoi is fouled by Tanganga now.

Tanganga has to be careful as he is on a booking.

05:13 PM

40mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

Tottenham think they have taken lead. Bergwijn breaks away from Jorginho and finds Sessegnon. The left winger crosses into the box for Kane and Silva goes down. Kane then shoots and scores. The ref blows up for a foul.

The replays show a slight push by Kane on Silva but was it really hard enough for a foul?

05:08 PM

36mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

Tanganga goes into the ref's book after hauling down Hudson-Odoi. Those two have been going at it all game.

05:05 PM

32mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

There was the chance for Lukaku. Chelsea play around the Tottenham press and break forward, Mount crosses in from the right and Lukaku swings a boot at it but completely misses the ball.

Poor.

05:02 PM

30mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

Scrappy is the word for this game. Spurs are set up well and it's up to Chelsea to break them down.

Can we get a breakthrough before half time?

05:00 PM

27mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

We've seen very little from Lukaku today. Chelsea struggling to get their star striker into the game.

04:56 PM

24mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

First yellow of the match goes to Thiago Silva after bring down Bergwijn on the halfway line.

04:54 PM

21mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

Nasty collision with the advertising hoarding for Tanganga after a shoulder to shoulder with Mount. He's OK to continue.

04:50 PM

18mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

Var are looking at a challenge by Doherty on Sarr. After a review, no action is taken.

But Doherty can count himself lucky as he treads on Sarr's ankle.

04:46 PM

13mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

First shot on target for Spurs. Kane battles for the ball and passes to Winks. The midfielder drives forward and shifts the ball to his left for a shot that Kepa saves well.

Tottenham's best moment of the match.

04:43 PM

11mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

Ziyech has made a lively start and he has a shot at goal which Lloris punches away. Probably could have held that.

04:41 PM

8mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

We all know Conte favours 3-4-3 but he's playing 4-4-2 today and Chelsea are find a lot of space to exploit.

Tottenham have spent very little time in the Chelsea half.

04:35 PM

4mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

Another chance for Chelsea. This time Ziyech crosses to the back post and Hudson-Odoi is there but can't direct the header on target.

04:33 PM

1mins: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

First chance goes to Chelsea. Mount does well on the right and crosses into the box. The ball finds Lukaku on his weaker right foot and he shoots over.

04:32 PM

KICK OFF Chelsea vs Tottenham

Here we go!

04:28 PM

The teams are out...

... kick off moments away

04:27 PM

Incentive for Tottenham

A win for the away side would be significant in the race for the top four after their north London rivals Arsenal slipped to a goalless draw with Burnley.

Three points would put them into the top four with at least one game in hand over their nearest rivals.

04:21 PM

Records are there to be beaten...

04:11 PM

A reminder of how Spurs' last match ended...

03:59 PM

No Dele Alli

Tottenham are without the England midfielder amid reports he may leave before the transfer window closes.

Where can he go to kick start his career?

03:42 PM

Team news explained

Chelsea make two changes to the side that drew with Brighton in midweek. Into the team comes Malang Sarr and Mateo Kovacic with Marcos Alonso and N'Golo Kante dropping to the bench.

For Tottenham, Antonio Conte has made four changes to the team that mounted a late comeback to beat Leicester on Wednesday. Match winner Steven Bergwijn is rewarded with a place in the line up with Lucas Moura on the bench. Matt Doherty, Eric Dier and Ryan Sessegnon also come in with Sergio Reguilon, Emerson Royal and Oliver Skipp dropping out.

03:31 PM

Tottenham starting XI

03:31 PM

Chelsea starting XI

12:09 PM

Good afternoon

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport's live coverage of today's Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte wants his side to learn from their recent Carabao Cup defeats to Chelsea ahead of today's clash.

Spurs were beaten 3-0 on aggregate by their London rivals in the semi-final earlier this month as the gulf in class between the two teams was laid bare.

It was after the 2-0 first leg at Stamford Bridge that Conte said his side could not be compared to Chelsea and that they were a team in "the middle".

But Spurs are unbeaten in nine Premier League games under Conte while Chelsea have not won any of their last four outings.

Conte is not fooled about that, though.

"We know very well that we are going to play against a really strong team," he said.

"Don't forget Chelsea won the Champions League, now they're in the final of the Carabao Cup, so we're talking about a really good team. I don't know if this is the right moment.

"We have our problems with many injuries but for sure we want to try to give our best against Chelsea. They have beaten us in the last two games and we have to try to learn something about the past to try to improve to try and give our best."

Thomas Tuchel, meanwhile, has warned Chelsea not to expect a psychological edge over Tottenham.

"We have played three matches in such a short time which is pretty unusual and uncommon normally, that is why they know what we do and we know more or less what they do," said Tuchel.

"But it is another game for us to show up. They will come into this game from a late victory over Leicester which gave them a boost and we came from two wins in the Carabao Cup that should give us some confidence.

"But it is not about having whatever advantages and if we are philosophical about it: we have to deliver and have the right attitude to deliver a top performance."

Chelsea trail runaway leaders and defending champions Manchester City by 12 points in the Premier League, with any designs on the title surely now faded.

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