Tottenham Hotspur impressively ended Maurizio Sarri’s 18 game unbeaten run with a rampant, ruthless 3-1 victory at Wembley Stadium against Chelsea.
The home side took an early lead in the eight minute, when Christian Eriksen’s wicked delivery from a free kick was flicked on by Dele Alli. Despite Kepa getting his hands to the ball, he couldn’t stop it flying into the roof of the net.
Quickly following this, Heung-Min Son played a one-two with Eriksen and blasted over when clean through from the return ball. He really should have scored.
Harry Kane doubled Spurs’ lead with a powerful effort from 25 yards out. David Luiz stepped out of the way of the shot, which deceived the Chelsea goalkeeper and the ball flew into the near corner.
The game nearly was decided in the 30th minute when Eriksen’s whipped ball into the near post was flicked goalwards by Juan Foyth, but the ball went just centimetres wide.
Chelsea had their first notable chance in the 38th minute when Eden Hazard’s powerful strike from outside the box forced Lloris to make a good save down to his left.
In the 54th minute, a great individual run was capped off by a cool finish from Heung Min-Son, who beat Jorginho and David Luiz with ease before slotting the ball past the ‘keeper.
Harry Kane should’ve scored again in the 66th minute, when Moussa Sissoko squared it to England captain, who remarkably skied it over the bar from just six yards out.
Substitute Olivier Giroud grabbed himself a first league goal of the season by heading in Azplicueta’s cross late on.
Spurs’ win takes them above Chelsea into third place.
Tottenham: Lloris; Aurier, Foyth, Alderweireld, Davies; Sissoko, Dier, Eriksen, Alli; Son, Kane
Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilcueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kovacic, Kante, Jorghino; Hazard, Willian, Morata
Tottenham Subs: Gazzaniga, Walker-Peters, Vertonghen, Lucas, Winks (89), Lamela (77), Llorente
Chelsea Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Fabregas, Barkley (58), Pedro (58), Giroud (75)
Goalkeeper: Kepa – Despite letting three goals in he made some crucial saves and arguably kept Chelsea in the game.
Right Back: Cezar Azpilicueta – It was a very good cross that led to Chelsea’s goal and the skipper left Wembley with his head held high.
Centre Back: Juan Foyth – The young lad is really maturing as a defender now and nearly scored from a free kick.
Centre Back: Toby Alderweireld – Was brave at the back and led the Spurs defence to an impressive victory.
Left Back: Marcus Alonso – Not a typical performance for Alonso but he didn’t do much wrong and his opposition challenger, Ben Davies, should’ve done more to prevent Chelsea’s goal.
Centre Defensive Mid: Eric Dier – He was a brick wall in front of the Tottenham defence and he intercepted the Chelsea attackers numerous times.
Centre Mid: Christian Eriksen – His deliveries were a threat to the Blues defence and he was rewarded with two assists.
Centre Mid: Moussa Sissoko – Sissoko seems to have finally started playing well for Spurs and he controlled the midfield, getting them up the pitch.
Centre Attacking Mid: Dele Alli – A good goal for Alli to get early on and if it wasn’t for Kepa he could of have had more. He got the assist for Son’s goal and he was a standout performer tonight.
Striker : Heung Min Son – He missed some sitters but a great individual goal as he slotted it past the goalkeeper. Tireless effort and work from Son.
Striker: Harry Kane – Took his goal well and it was suitable to the phrase of ‘if you don’t shoot you don’t score’. Man of the match. Well done ‘Arry
Bad day at the office for;
Antonio Rudiger: The German was consistently caught out of position and on the back foot. His counterpart, David Luiz took a lot of stick for his performance as Rudiger’s poor defensive work went under the radar. Sarri will not be happy with how open the Blues defence was.
Tottenham made an ideal start with two quick fire goals. It really could’ve been 4-0 at half time. Heung Min-Son was a standout performer with his tireless running and effort epitomising Spurs’ win.
Man of the Match has to go to Harry Kane though as he got the important second goal and was a constant threat. He has got himself in good goalscoring form just before the busy festive period.
Referee: Martin Atkinson