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Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs return to the top of the Premier League

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Chelsea's Timo Werner in action against during the Premier League game with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge
Timo Werner had a goal ruled out for offside in a cagey first half which saw just two attempts on target

Tottenham returned to the top of the Premier League despite being held by Chelsea in a highly-competitive yet goalless London stalemate.

The eagerly-anticipated fixture between two teams in excellent form failed to produce a goal as both sides cancelled each other out at Stamford Bridge.

Edouard Mendy kept out Serge Aurier's ferocious strike while Steven Bergwijn scooped another Spurs chance over the bar.

Chelsea were looking to celebrate Roman Abramovich's 1,000th game as club owner with victory over a Spurs team managed by their former boss Jose Mourinho.

The Blues struggled to carve out clear-cut chances although Hugo Lloris produced a great late save to deny Mason Mount.

Spurs, replaced at the top by Liverpool on Saturday, return to the summit, level on 21 points with the Reds but with a superior goal difference.

Chelsea are two points behind in third spot.

Free-scoring Chelsea frustrated

Frank Lampard's Chelsea have impressed in front of goal this season but were unable to unlock Tottenham's solid defence, where Joe Rodon impressed on his first top-flight start.

Lampard has added new dimensions in attack in 2020-21 in the shape of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, with both Ziyech and Werner starting in London.

The German forward thought he had given the hosts the lead with an excellent finish only for it to be disallowed by an offside flag, while Ziyech lashed a rare chance wildly over the bar.

In the closing stages Mount let fly from distance but Lloris got down smartly before the France keeper denied substitute and fellow countryman Olivier Giroud to ensure Spurs recorded a fourth straight clean sheet.

Lampard and Chelsea are making progress, the Blues unbeaten in the Premier League since 20 September.

Having qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League with two games to spare, they are in a healthy position in a tightly-packed group near the top of the Premier League after ending Tottenham's five-match winning run.

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Spurs well placed after surviving big test

Tottenham could have made a serious title statement by following up victory against Manchester City with another success at Stamford Bridge.

In the end they settled for a point in a game lacking in goalmouth incident.

Mourinho delivered three Premier League titles in two spells at Stamford Bridge under Abramovich and relished the opportunity of spoiling the Chelsea owner's landmark occasion.

However, Spurs failed to score in the top flight for the first time since the opening weekend of the season as both defences dominated.

There were positives for Spurs despite the end of their four-match winning run in the Premier League.

Wales international Rodon slotted in well alongside Eric Dier in the centre of defence.

His mistake almost let in Giroud for a late winner but the 23-year-old did well to stop a Tammy Abraham headed chance in the first half.

Barring Leicester beating Fulham by a six-goal margin on Monday, Spurs will head into December looking down on the rest.

Tottenham 'control' pleases Mourinho

'We didn't give Kane or Son a sniff' - what they said

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: "It went as I sort of expected. I thought we'd have a lot of possession. We created enough to win the game.

"The clean sheet factor against a side set up to counter-attack - that was excellent. We didn't give Harry Kane or Son Heung-min a sniff."

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho: "The game did not have many chances. It is a game where we both wanted to win. We respect each other.

"Nobody gambled. Nobody tried to change the direction of the game. Everybody was thinking 'one mistake, we get punished'."

Happy travellers - the best of the stats

  • Tottenham have won 13 points away from home in the Premier League this season - their most in their opening five away games of a league campaign since 1991-92.
  • Chelsea and Spurs played out a goalless draw in the Premier League for the first time since November 2015.
  • Tottenham have won just one of their past 35 away games against Chelsea in all competitions (D12 L22), with that lone victory coming in April 2018.
  • Spurs (9) and Chelsea (8) are now the two teams on the longest current unbeaten runs in the Premier League.
  • Tottenham have kept a clean sheet in three consecutive away games in the Premier League for the first time since November 2013.
  • This was the first Premier League game in which neither Harry Kane or Son Heung-min have scored for Spurs since September 27, ending a run of six consecutive league games in which at least one of them had scored.
  • Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy has kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, with this being his fifth in six appearances in the competition.

What's next?

Both clubs are in Europe in midweek. While Chelsea are in Spain to face Sevilla in a Champions League Group E game on Wednesday (20:00 GMT), Tottenham are in Austria on Thursday (17:55 GMT) to take on LASK in Group J of the Europa League.

Player of the match

NdombeleTanguy Ndombele

with an average of 6.21

Chelsea

  1. Squad number24Player nameJames
    Average rating

    6.08

  2. Squad number16Player nameMendy
    Average rating

    6.03

  3. Squad number7Player nameKanté
    Average rating

    5.96

  4. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva
    Average rating

    5.86

  5. Squad number19Player nameMount
    Average rating

    5.80

  6. Squad number21Player nameChilwell
    Average rating

    5.79

  7. Squad number17Player nameKovacic
    Average rating

    5.63

  8. Squad number15Player nameZouma
    Average rating

    5.60

  9. Squad number11Player nameWerner
    Average rating

    5.53

  10. Squad number22Player nameZiyech
    Average rating

    5.46

  11. Squad number18Player nameGiroud
    Average rating

    5.27

  12. Squad number10Player namePulisic
    Average rating

    5.26

  13. Squad number9Player nameAbraham
    Average rating

    4.96

  14. Squad number29Player nameHavertz
    Average rating

    4.95

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number28Player nameNdombele
    Average rating

    6.21

  2. Squad number1Player nameLloris
    Average rating

    6.19

  3. Squad number14Player nameRodon
    Average rating

    6.15

  4. Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg
    Average rating

    6.05

  5. Squad number3Player nameReguilón
    Average rating

    5.99

  6. Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-Min
    Average rating

    5.95

  7. Squad number24Player nameAurier
    Average rating

    5.82

  8. Squad number17Player nameSissoko
    Average rating

    5.79

  9. Squad number10Player nameKane
    Average rating

    5.70

  10. Squad number15Player nameDier
    Average rating

    5.69

  11. Squad number23Player nameBergwijn
    Average rating

    5.62

  12. Squad number18Player nameLo Celso
    Average rating

    5.39

  13. Squad number27Player nameLucas Moura
    Average rating

    5.36

  14. Squad number33Player nameDavies
    Average rating

    5.21

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 4-3-3

  • 16Mendy
  • 24JamesBooked at 53mins
  • 15ZoumaBooked at 55mins
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 21Chilwell
  • 17Kovacic
  • 7Kanté
  • 19MountBooked at 76mins
  • 22ZiyechBooked at 29minsSubstituted forHavertzat 83'minutes
  • 9AbrahamSubstituted forGiroudat 79'minutes
  • 11WernerSubstituted forPulisicat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 5Jorginho
  • 10Pulisic
  • 18Giroud
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 29Havertz

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 24Aurier
  • 14Rodon
  • 15Dier
  • 3ReguilónBooked at 89mins
  • 17Sissoko
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 90+2'minutes
  • 28NdombeleSubstituted forLo Celsoat 65'minutes
  • 23BergwijnBooked at 50minsSubstituted forDaviesat 89'minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 6D Sánchez
  • 9Bale
  • 12Hart
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 33Davies
  • 45Alves Morais
Referee:
Paul Tierney

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home13
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home20
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Lucas Moura replaces Son Heung-Min.

  5. Post update

    Thiago Silva (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kai Havertz (Chelsea).

  8. Post update

    Joe Rodon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ben Davies replaces Steven Bergwijn.

  10. Booking

    Sergio Reguilón (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Reguilón (Tottenham Hotspur).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Olivier Giroud (Chelsea).

  14. Post update

    Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Kai Havertz replaces Hakim Ziyech.

  16. Post update

    Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mason Mount (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by N'Golo Kanté.

  20. Post update

    Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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