Chelsea Beat Tottenham

Chelsea defeated Tottenham with two second-half goals, one of which was a great strike by Hakim Ziyech.

Ziyech scored after a scoreless first period. He scored in the second minute of the restart. 

After Callum Hudson-Odoi’s fine run, Ziyech whipped the ball into the corner from 20 yards.

Eight minutes later, the hosts doubled their lead when Thiago Silva, a defender for Mason

Mount, scored from Mason Mount’s superb free-kick.

Tottenham thought they were in control of the match as Harry Kane scored past

Kepa Arizabalaga. 

However, the goal was disallowed as Silva was sentenced to be pushing Silva to the ground.

This win follows Chelsea’s victories in both legs against Spurs in the Carabao Cup semifinal.

 They cruised through 3-0 on aggregate to set up a Wembley final with Liverpool.

This is Tottenham’s first league defeat since Antonio Conte (a Premier League and FA Cup

champion while at Chelsea) replaced Nuno Espirito Sante in November.

Chelsea keeps their title hopes alive.

This was a welcome back to winning in the league for Chelsea.

After a 2-1 win over Watford on December 1, they were at the top of the Premier League.

However, a run of just 11 points in their next nine matches has severely damaged their

chances of becoming English champions.

They are currently third, 10 points behind leaders Manchester City. 

However, Thomas Tuchel’s team will not be playing in the league again until February 19th

due to their participation in Fifa Club World Cup. 

This is after their Champions League success.

Conte chose a back four for the first time in a league match at Tottenham.

 He wanted to keep it tight and hit his old team on the counterattack.

The hosts almost broke through when Romelu Lukaku scored on the turn in the first minute.

 However, Chelsea failed to convert any further chances through Silva, Hudson-Odoi, and Ziyech.

Lukaku has scored just eight times in 24 competition appearances after a PS97.5m transfer

from Inter Milan last Summer.

 However, he missed the ball eight yards out following Mount’s excellent work.

Conte was upset with officials for not allowing Spurs to score in the first half.

 However, Tuchel was furious that Japhet Tangana, already booked, wasn’t given a second

yellow when he grabbed Hudson-Odoi’s shirt late during the first half.

This was the second time Chelsea felt their opponents should be sent off. Matt Doherty had

previously caught Malang Sarr standing on his ankle, and he was later caught by Chelsea. 

However, a video assistant referee checked it out and determined it was accidental.

But seventh-placed Tottenham saw their resistance break early in the second period thanks

to Ziyech’s wonder strike before Silva’s goal put the game beyond their reach.

Chelsea might have won by a larger margin, as Lukaku and Mount missed opportunities.

Cesar Azpilicueta also missed the chance.

Tottenham scored two goals at the end of their match to win from behind. 

Beat Leicester, 3-2, in a great match on Wednesday. However, there would be no repeat at Stamford Bridge.

Arrizabalaga was able to stop Kane’s powerful shot late on, as Chelsea kept their clean

sheet. 

This is their first Premier League win in three.

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