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Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Chelsea: Hits and flops as Blues emerge victorious in London derby | Premier League 2021-22

Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners over Tottenham Hotspur in their Premier League clash on Sunday
Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners over Tottenham Hotspur in their Premier League clash on Sunday
Vaibhav Joshi

A brilliant second-half display from Chelsea earned them a well-deserved 0-3 win over Tottenham Hotspur in their Premier League clash on Saturday. Goals from Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, and Antonio Rudiger sealed the three points for the Blues, who now sit atop the league table.

The first half played out as an exciting end-to-end affair, with both teams having promising chances that they failed to convert. Spurs enjoyed more possession and had better chances, with Chelsea occasionally looking threatening on the break.

The visitors attacked the second half with renewed vigour and took the lead four minutes in through Silva’s dominant header. They went two for the good soon after as Kante’s deflected effort from range hit the post and trickled agonizingly past Hugo Lloris.

And, having passed up several opportunities to extend their lead, Chelsea finally got their third in injury time. Rudiger swept home Timo Werner’s cut-back to cap off an excellent performance from Thomas Tuchel’s men.

On that note, here are five hits and flops from the game.


#1 Hit: Thiago Silva

Silva backed up a superb defensive display with a timely goal
Silva backed up a superb defensive display with a timely goal

The veteran defender turned in an exceptional performance, making his mark at both ends of the pitch. Not only did he lead by example in defense, but he also made an important offensive contribution when he headed in Chelsea’s opener.

Thiago Silva's game by numbers vs. Spurs:100% aerial duels won100% shot accuracy7 ball recoveries6 clearances5 duels won5 touches in the opp. box4 aerial duels won3 interceptions2 shots1 goal scored0 fouls committed0 goals concededO Monstro does it again. 😤 https://t.co/0RUml1yiZl

Silva used every bit of his considerable experience on the pitch, showcasing exemplary positioning and reading of the game. He was always in the right place at the right time to make vital interceptions, with his goal capping off a superb all-round display.

#2 Flop: Harry Kane

Kane (R) had an evening to forget against Chelsea
Kane (R) had an evening to forget against Chelsea

Kane’s hunt for his first Premier League goal of the season went on as he had a disappointing outing against Chelsea. Goal-scoring opportunities were few and far between for the Spurs striker, who struggled to make a real impact in proceedings.

4 - Harry Kane has failed to score in his first four Premier League appearances of a season for the first time since 2015-16, with the England striker attempting just four shots in this current campaign. Ghosting. https://t.co/VBJLFcNnCR

Kane’s propensity to drop deep to dictate play meant that he was often too far back to get involved in his side’s forays forward. As such, while Spurs created several chances, their premier goal-scorer was never on hand to take advantage of them.

#3 Hit: Antonio Rudiger

<a href='https://www.sportskeeda.com/player/antonio-rudiger' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer'>Rudiger</a> matched his defensive colleague Thiago Silva with a goal as well as the clean sheet
Rudiger matched his defensive colleague Thiago Silva with a goal as well as the clean sheet

On a night dominated by Chelsea’s defenders, Rudiger put the finishing touches on the victory by bagging a goal late on. The German was equally impressive at the back, playing his part in keeping Spurs’ attackers at bay.

Chelsea have now kept more clean sheets (15) than they have conceded goals (14) in the Premier League under Thomas Tuchel. 🤯 https://t.co/KeaDNUKdDY

Rudiger was full of running throughout, throwing himself into tackles without hesitation and muscling opposition attackers off the ball when needed. A mainstay of their hugely effective back three, Chelsea will be hoping for more of the same from him throughout the season.

#4 Flop: Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku was effectively kept quiet by the Spurs defence
Lukaku was effectively kept quiet by the Spurs defence

In a game where two of the world’s best centre-forwards faced off, both Lukaku and Harry Kane ended up having disappointing outings. Despite a couple of chances late in the game, Lukaku spent most of the match on the periphery of the action.

The Belgian spent the first half isolated up top as Spurs dominated possession. Even when the game opened up in the second, Lukaku’s erratic shooting saw him end the game without a goal to his name.

#5 Hit: Tanguy Ndombele

Ndombele (L) made a strong case for more regular selection with ahugely positive display
Ndombele (L) made a strong case for more regular selection with ahugely positive display

Making his first league start of the season, Ndombele was one of the few Spurs players who gave a creditable account of themselves. The Frenchman added a touch of class to the Spurs midfield, showcasing his formidable physicality and excellent passing skills.

Replaced just after the hour mark, Ndombele went off to appreciative applause from the Spurs fans in attendance. Despite the result on the night, he can surely be counted on to contribute significantly to Spurs’ season going forward.

Edited by Aditya Singh

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