Chelsea 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 – London derby ends in a draw as Mourinho’s Spurs move to the top
English Premier League match report: Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – Sunday, 29 November, 2020
Chelsea 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 – Stamford Bridge
One of the most eagerly awaited Premier League affairs did not exactly turn out to be as exciting as it was slated to be when Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur played out a goalless draw at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday night.
But Jose Mourinho's Spurs went to the top of the EPL table as they were content in soaking up some pressure from the Blues late in the game.
Chelsea, looking to celebrate Roman Abramovich's 1,000th game as club owner with a win, nearly went into the lead early when Timo Werner took advantage of a Moussa Sissoko slip to rifle in an incredible effort to the far post from an angle but the ex-Leipzig striker was adjudged marginally offside in the build-up to the goal.
Edouard Mendy was then prompted into action at the other end when Serge Aurier whistled his shot through a maze of defenders but the Blues custodian was up to the task as he parried the threat away.
There was little to separate the two sides after that till interval, but with Chelsea going into the break with a slightly upper hand.
A few opportunities came the way of the Blues as Tammy Abraham and Hakim Ziyech missed from close range and Mason Mount went close to scoring on the half-hour mark when he waltzed past two Spurs defenders but his effort blazed over from 18 yards.
Chelsea survived a nervy moment as goalkeeper Mendy was able to hack the ball to safety from a goalmouth mix-up before a lurking Heung-min Son could pounce on the lapse.
The hosts were beginning to create more chances as Abraham managed to outrun Eric Dier to connect a Werner cross only to shoot wide. Ziyech fired over a little later having cut in from the right.
It was Spurs' chance to put the issue to rest in the dying minutes of the game but substitute Giovani Lo Celso simply shot over.
While Spurs moved to the top, Chelsea remained in the 3rd spot with 19 points, just one ahead of Leicester City who have a game in hand with Fulham on Monday.
Chelsea starting XI:
Mendy (goal), Jame, Thiago Silva, Zouma, Chilwell, Kante, Kovacic, Mount, Ziyech, Werner, Abraham.
Subs: Pulisic, Giroud, Havertz.
Tottenham starting XI:
Lloris (goal), Aurier, Dier, Rodon, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele, Son, Bergwijn, Kane.
Subs: Lo Celso, Lucas Moura, Davies.