In a game controlled and illuminated by a jewel of Hakim Ziyech as well as a pawn of the stainless Thiago Silva, Chelsea took over Tottenham (2-0) and regained the taste of victory in the Premier League. A success that does Thomas Tuchel and his men a lot of good after several weeks of hardship.
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham
Goals: Ziyech (47)e) and Silva (55e) for the Blues
To say that Chelsea were approaching this 23e day with apprehension is an understatement. Unable to win in the last four Premier League days, the Blues had nevertheless done the job in the past two weeks against Tottenham in the League Cup, a team beaten three times in three confrontations this season by Thomas Tuchel and his men. And while the Spurs are in full swing since the arrival of Antonio Conte, the logic of the classification was finally respected this Sunday: imperial, Chelsea extinguished Tottenham (2-0), thanks to an exceptional goal from Hakim Ziyech and an angry header from Thiago Silva, and resumed his march forward in the league. The machine is restarted.
Tension between rivals
The start of the match nevertheless reminds us that this poster is one of the biggest rivalries in England, and it is not the number of fouls committed (31 in total) that will prove the contrary. One of them, a nasty sole from Matt Doherty on Malang Sarr, would have deserved an expulsion, but the refereeing corps, helped by the VAR, did not even see fit to call to order the Spur (19e), no more than Mason Mount’s shoulder kick that sends Japhet Tanganga into the billboards (23e) while Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg’s spectacular foul on Hakim Ziyech would also have deserved his rusk (30e). Lots of intensity, but few opportunities to eat until Harry Kane thought to open the scoring, but Tottenham’s number 10, guilty of putting Thiago Silva on the ground before deceiving Kepa Arrizabalaga , is overtaken by the patrol (40e).
Tuchel can blow
The meeting finally unbridled as soon as the locker room returned thanks to Hakim Ziyech. Already a scorer against Brighton the previous day, the Moroccan, served by Callum Hudson-Odoi, controls the leather more than twenty meters from Hugo Lloris’s goals and sends a comet which comes to clean the cobweb in the right corner of the French goalkeeper, frozen by this coup (1-0, 47e). On their way, the Blues drive the point home a few minutes later thanks to Thiago Silva, whose 37 years do not prevent him * from always being as imperial, whether defensively or to smack a header on a free kick from Mount (2-0, 55e). The break done, the reigning European champions contain without flinching the slightest attempt to wake up the Spurs who can only see the technical and tactical superiority of their rivals this Sunday. The three points in the pocket, Thomas Tuchel can breathe: his team has finally found a conquering face. Chelsea (4-1-4-1) : Kepa – Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Silva, Sarr – Jorginho (Kanté, 73e) – Ziyech (Saul, 90)e+1), Mount, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi (Alonso, 87e) – Lukaku. Coach: Thomas Tuchel.
Tottenham (4-4-2) : Lloris – Tanganga (Skipp, 57e), Dier, Sánchez, Davies – Doherty, Winks (Gil, 89e), Højbjerg, Sessegnon (Lucas, 56e) – Bergwijn, Kane. Coach: Antonio Conte.
By Fabien Gelinat