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Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Report
Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Chelsea
Bitter rivals collectively mourned the loss of one of their all-time greats, but how Tottenham Hotspur could do with the likes of the late Jimmy Greaves right now.
Greaves, 81, passed away on the morning of his former clubs going head-to-head in N17. A football figure loved, respected and remembered far beyond his spiritual home, whether that be White Hart Lane or Stamford Bridge. Of course, in recent times, Harry Kane has been likened to England’s greatest-ever striker. However, while their misfiring talisman continues to look short of confidence and enthusiasm, Spurs desperately require an alternative.
But in truth, and despite competing competently throughout the first half, Spurs eventually came up short against a Chelsea side that are easy on the eye and undoubtedly title contenders.
Thiago Silva headed Chelsea in front shortly after the restart. The Blues very rarely slip against Spurs and once again, there was no way back this time.
N’Golo Kante’s effort took a big deflection off Eric Dier to hand Chelsea a second, while Antonio Rudiger thumped home a third in stoppage-time – Greaves would undoubtedly have doffed his cap.
But where did it go off track for the Lilywhites? “A lot of things, starting from the way we conceded, it’s disappointing the way to concede, through a set-piece,” Spurs chief, Nuno Espirito Santo bemoaned.
“Then after that, it became really hard, really hard to get back in the game. Chelsea is a good team and in possession, they created problems.
“Like you said, very good first half, very good. We competed really well, we played good football, we pressed high so we have the awareness that we have a lot of things we need to improve, but the awareness of the first half must stick with us so we can build on it.”
Tottenham Hotspur now turn their attention to the Carabao Cup where they face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Wednesday, September 22 (7:45pm)
Spurs return to Premier League action on Sunday, September 26 when they take on North London rivals, Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium (4:30pm).
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Royal, Dier, Romero (Sanchez 83′), Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso (Bryan 62′), Ndombele (Skipp 62′), Dele, Son, Kane Subs not used: Gollini, Doherty, Rodon, Davies, Winks, Scarlett
Chelsea: Kepa, Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta (Capt), Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso, Mount (Kante 46′), Lukaku, Havertz (Werner 70′) Subs not used: Bettinelli, Chilwell, James, Chalobah, Saul, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis and Neil Davies
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson
VAR: Chris Kavanagh
Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis