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Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Chelsea: Antonio Rudiger suffers alleged racist abuse

Chelsea forward Willian
Willian scored two goals in a Premier League match against Tottenham for the second time

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard out-manouevred his one-time mentor Jose Mourinho - but a comfortable win at Tottenham was overshadowed by alleged racist behaviour aimed at visiting defender Antonio Rudiger.

Rudiger was involved in the second-half incident that saw Tottenham's Son Heung-min sent off.

The striker was dismissed, following a video assistant referee review, for raising his boot in a clash with the German centre-back near the touchline.

Shortly afterwards, Rudiger, 26, appeared to gesticulate that he had received racist abuse from Spurs fans.

Chelsea drew the incident to the attention of referee Anthony Taylor and three subsequent announcements were made over the public address system warning that racist behaviour among spectators was interfering with the game.

The match was also held up when objects were thrown towards Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, capping a miserable afternoon for Spurs and Mourinho against his former club.

It marred an outstanding Chelsea display that halted their recent slide, with the game effectively won inside the first 45 minutes courtesy of Willian's superb curling finish and a penalty from the Brazilian awarded by VAR after Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga had flattened Marcos Alonso.

Chelsea's victory strengthened their grip on fourth place and left them four points above fifth-placed Sheffield United. Spurs remain in seventh place - six points adrift.

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Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea: Son only deserved a yellow card - Jose Mourinho

Unsavoury scenes at Spurs

The attention should be on a superb performance from Chelsea and a tactical masterclass from Lampard, who completely flummoxed Mourinho on what was the Portuguese's worst day in charge since succeeding Mauricio Pochettino.

Sadly, the subject of players being subjected to racist abuse will once again top the agenda, casting a cloud over Chelsea's deserved celebrations at the final whistle.

Rudiger appeared to be the target after he was floored by Son's raised boot which earned the South Korea international a deserved red card just after the hour.

Tottenham fans reacted angrily to Rudiger, who they felt over-reacted, even though he was clearly fouled.

The Chelsea defender signalled to indicate what he had apparently been subjected to by sections of the home support.

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta immediately spoke to referee Taylor; the unsavoury episode concluded with a succession of warnings over the stadium loudspeaker.

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Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea: Blues must find consistency after Spurs win - Frank Lampard

Lampard's joy unconfined

Lampard's wild celebrations in front of Chelsea's supporters after the final whistle were a graphic illustration of what he saw as the significance of this victory.

The subplot to this game had been built around the meeting between managerial rookie Lampard, in his first season at Chelsea and only his second in management after a single campaign at Derby County, and Mourinho, the self-styled 'Special One'.

Mourinho had shared such glories alongside the former England midfield man during his time at Stamford Bridge, where they won two Premier League titles together.

On the pitch at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, there was only one winner: Chelsea were sharp and incisive while Spurs were ponderous and second best in all areas.

Mourinho and Spurs seemed totally unprepared for Chelsea's three-man defensive system while the deployment of Dele Alli in a variety of positions in the first half hinted at the home side's disarray.

The Tottenham manager introduced Christian Eriksen for Eric Dier at half-time, but Son's red card snuffed out slim hopes of a comeback.

Chelsea regained their air of superiority as they returned to form having lost four of their previous five league games.

Man of the match - Willian (Chelsea)

Willian
A mesmerising display by Chelsea forward Willian, whose quick feet, intelligent movement and skill on the ball made him a constant thorn in the Tottenham defence.

'Does Rudiger have broken ribs?' - Mourinho on red card tackle

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho: "Today was bad, we didn't start well. Chelsea started better than us. They scored from a short corner and that disappoints me. We were not focused.

"The second goal is a bad goal to concede. The penalty is a penalty, good decision by VAR.

"The Son situation was handled badly. The ref has to book Rudiger and the reaction from Son is not an aggression. Does Rudiger have broken ribs going to the hospital? Other people call it intelligent by Rudiger."

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard: "It means a lot to me but it's about the club and the fans. The fans have come here after a number of losses and they have backed us. They know we are a young team and what we are trying to achieve.

"My players showed they could fight and play against a top team, because Tottenham are a good team. Today we were everything and that's why we should be celebrating. We are not over-excited, but we are pleased with the performance.

"They are a major rival and it shows the players what they can do under pressure and what they need to do to survive in games. You cannot fault their commitment."

Mourinho loses old club record - the stats

  • Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho suffered his first home defeat against a team he had previously managed, having won 12 and drawn one of the previous 13 across all competitions.
  • Chelsea have won three consecutive games against Spurs across all competitions for the first time since January 2008 - current Spurs boss Mourinho oversaw two of the three wins in that previous run (2-1 in March 2007 and 1-0 in April 2007).
  • Willian's penalty was Chelsea's 100th Premier League goal against Tottenham - in the history of the competition, only Manchester United against Everton (101), Liverpool against Newcastle (101) and Arsenal against Everton (107) have scored more goals against a single opponent.
  • Chelsea kept an away clean sheet for the first time under Frank Lampard in the Premier League, while they won without conceding away from home in the competition for the first time since December 2018.
  • Since Mourinho's first game in charge of the club, no Premier League team have conceded more goals than Spurs across all competitions (14 - joint-most, along with Arsenal).
  • Spurs' Son Heung-min was sent off for the third time in the Premier League, making him the first player to be shown three red cards in a calendar year in the competition since Lee Cattermole in 2010.

What's next?

Tottenham have a home Premier League fixture with Brighton (12:30 GMT) on Thursday while Chelsea welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge on the same day (15:00).

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 22GazzanigaBooked at 45mins
  • 24Aurier
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 4AlderweireldBooked at 67mins
  • 5VertonghenSubstituted forRoseat 74'minutes
  • 17SissokoBooked at 58mins
  • 15DierSubstituted forEriksenat 45'minutes
  • 20AlliBooked at 43mins
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forNdombeleat 74'minutes
  • 10Kane
  • 7Son Heung-MinBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 3Rose
  • 8Winks
  • 13Vorm
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 21Foyth
  • 23Eriksen
  • 28Ndombele

Chelsea

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 2RüdigerBooked at 78mins
  • 15ZoumaBooked at 31mins
  • 29Tomori
  • 28AzpilicuetaSubstituted forJamesat 80'minutes
  • 7Kanté
  • 17KovacicBooked at 43minsSubstituted forJorginhoat 68'minutes
  • 3Alonso
  • 19Mount
  • 10Willian
  • 9AbrahamSubstituted forBatshuayiat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Christensen
  • 5Jorginho
  • 13Caballero
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 22Pulisic
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 24James
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
61,104

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home5
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Chelsea 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Chelsea 2.

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur).

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tanguy Ndombele.

Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Willian.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Marcos Alonso.

Attempt blocked. Reece James (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian with a cross.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Michy Batshuayi.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

VAR Decision: No Penalty Tottenham Hotspur.

Foul by Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Reece James replaces César Azpilicueta because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi replaces Tammy Abraham because of an injury.

Booking

Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea).

Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Fikayo Tomori.

Foul by N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea).

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Tanguy Ndombele replaces Lucas Moura.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Rose replaces Jan Vertonghen.

Attempt missed. N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jorginho following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Davinson Sánchez.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Jorginho replaces Mateo Kovacic.

Offside, Chelsea. Willian tries a through ball, but Marcos Alonso is caught offside.

Booking

Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur).

Dismissal

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

VAR Decision: Card upgraded Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur).

Foul by N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea).

Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Mason Mount (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Booking

Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).

Offside, Chelsea. Marcos Alonso tries a through ball, but Tammy Abraham is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Serge Aurier.

goal

As It Stood

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1Liverpool17161042142849
2Leicester18123341142739
3Man City18122450203038
4Chelsea1810263325832
5Sheff Utd187742216628
6Wolves186932622427
7Tottenham187563226626
8Man Utd186752622425
9Newcastle187471824-625
10Burnley187382329-624
11Arsenal185852427-323
12Crystal Palace186571520-523
13Brighton185582126-520
14Bournemouth185491925-619
15Everton185492029-919
16West Ham175481928-919
17Southampton1853102137-1618
18Aston Villa1843112433-915
19Norwich1833121937-1812
20Watford1826101132-2112
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