Spurs 0 Chelsea 0

By Paul Lagan
Last updated : 29 November 2015

Chelsea got a deserved point at White Hart Lane in a enthralling but ultimately unexciting 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane.

Spurs who had not lost in the past 12 matches never really looked like breaking through a Blues side who were without injured John Terry.
It was a very workmanlike performance from the west Londoners, with Eden Hazard the pick of the bunch.
The opening period was scrappy with neither side dominating possession or creating much by way of goal-scoring chances.
Jose Mourinho dumped striker Diego Costa to the bench, resorting to not playing a conventional number 9, Pedro and Eden Hazard taking the striking position whoever was the nearest on an attack.
Costa failed to warm up before kick off and hurled his bib at the boss in the final minutes of the match in the dugout as he stormed away from his colleague s when it became c
Ear he wasn't coming on.
The first effort on goal came from the right boot of Harry Kane on 18 minutes but Asmir Begovic was equal to the task. A minute later and the Blues had a quick counter-attack with Pedro got on the end of a one-two with Willian, but the ball was cleared for a corner. Hazard was next up and saw a powerful header from six yards, zip over Hugo Lloris's crossbar after an excellent cross by Oscar.
On 22 minutes, a sensational drive by Pedro took a knock off Eric Dier as the ball was arrowing towards Lloris's top corner. Thankfully for Spurs, the deflection just took the ball over the crossbar.
Begovic showed excellent reflexes as a Harry Kane cross found Son, unmarked at the far
Out, but the goalkeeper reacted swiftly and parried the ball clear.
The Bosnian was in action again on 30 mi Utes, diving to his left to tip a Dembele drive around his left post for a corner.
Rose was the first in the book of Michael Oliver as he needlessly bundled of Hazard three mi Utes later.
Kane was next in Oliver's book for a foul on Willian on 40 minutes, this was quickly followed by Kyle Walker seconds before the break for scything down Azpilicueta.
There were no changes of personnel at half-time.
Kurt Zouma was inches away from getting to the end of a brilliant Willian Free-kick on 52 minutes.
A minute later Vertinghen became the fourth Spurs player to be brandished a yellow card for fouling Hazard.
Mason hobbled off for Lamela on 56 minutes as the young midfielder appeared to twist his ankle on a mazy run into the Chelsea penalty area.
The first Chelsea to get a yellow card was Nemanja Matic on 60 minutes for a foul. on Ericsson.
Chelsea al out scored on 56 minutes when a brilliant left-footed volley by Hazard from close range was brilliantly saved by Loris .
Spurs' second substitution saw Son replaced by Clinton Njie with 16 minutes of the match to go.
An audacious attempt of a bicycle kick by Kane enlivens up the final minutes of the game. But he went wide. Willian was replaced by Kenedy in the final minute.
He was quickly followed by Ruben Loftus Cheek for Pedro in the second minute of the four added minutes.
The game management of Mourinho worked perfectly as time was run down.
The Blues move up a place to 14th as they now prepare to face AFC Bournemouth next Saturday at the Bridge.

 


Teams: Chelsea, Begovic, Ivanovic, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Matic Fabregas, Hazard, Oscar, Pedro Willian.

Spurs: Lloris, Ericsson, Kane, Dembele, Son, Dier, Walker, Mason, Vertonghen, Rose, Alderweild.

Referee Michael Oliver.

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