Spurs fight back but plenty still to do for Nuno

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – Mind Series – Stamford Bridge – Report

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur recovered a two-goal deficit at Stamford Bridge in a match in which they largely played second-fiddle against an energetic and impressive Chelsea side.

While Chelsea shared last season’s Champions League joy with the jubilant Stamford Bridge crowd, Spurs boss, Nuno Espirito Santo was provided with an opportunity to test and perhaps highlight vulnerability in a squad that will continue to evolve over the coming weeks. 

Indeed, with support present from N17 and the customary hostile welcome provided by those of a Chelsea persuasion, it was unsurprising that the home side settled swiftly and was ahead inside fifteen minutes.

Hakim Ziyech carried the ball forward after Lucas Moura had been dispossessed – before drilling a low, left-footed beyond Pierluigi Gollini from twenty yards.

Under pressure and under the managers’ microscope, Spurs already appeared off the pace and out of sorts. Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi were snubbed out by Eric Dier and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, while Antonio Rudiger nodded over as Chelsea turned the screw.

Chelsea continued to ask all the questions. Werner, Ziyech and Kai Havertz tested Gollini. 

Trevoh Chalobah thwarted Son immediately after the restart. And within seconds, that had proved costly for the Lilywhites – Ziyech studying himself before firing into the bottom corner of the net to double his and Chelsea’s tally.

Gollini saved from Werner. However, Spurs gave themselves a lifeline when Lucas’ effort deflected wickedly off Rudiger, deceiving Edouardo Mendy and looping into the net to deathly silence.

Thomas Tuchel made a string of changes just after the hour. Meanwhile, Gollini was again in the thick of it, this time denying Dujon Sterling with a smart stop low to his right.

But with twenty minutes remaining, Spurs drew level. Steven Bergwijn fired through Mendy’s legs from an acute angle following a swift raid involving Lucas and Dele – very much against the run of play.

Spurs return to action on Sunday, August 8 when Arsenal visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for a Mind Series fixture (2:00pm).

Chelsea: Mendy; Chalobah (Miazga 80′), Zouma (Ampadu 63′), Rudiger (Sarr 63′); Hudson-Odoi (Pulisic 46′), Kante (Capt) (Bakayoko 46′), Kovacic (Lotus-Cheek 63′), Alonso (Zappacosta 63′); Ziyech (Anjorin 63′), Havertz (Abraham 63′), Werner (Kenedy 63′) Subs not used: Kepa, Bettinelli, Batshuayi

Booked: Ethan Ampadu (foul)

Goals: Hakim Ziyech 15’, 49’

Tottenham Hotspur: Gollini; Doherty (Aurier 80′), Tanganga, Dier, Reguilon (Davies 73′); Skipp, Hojbjerg (Winks 46′); Lucas Moura, Alli, Bergwijn (Scarlett 80′); Son Subs not used: Whiteman, Rodon, Omole, Carter-Vickers, Sissoko, John, Clarke

Booked: None

Goals: Lucas Moura 56’, Steven Bergwijn 70’

Referee: Keith Stroud

Assistants: Ian Cooper and Sam Lewis

Fourth Official: James Linington  

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Brian Jeeves

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