Saturday, January 16

Tottenham go top after Chelsea stalemate

Tottenham Hotspur held Chelsea to a goalless draw to go top of the Premier League on goal difference on Sunday.

Steven Bergwijn had the first chance of 10 minutes. Started from a rapid counterattack from Spurs, but eventually, his shot blazed over the bar. With a curling shot, Timo Werner found the back of the net a minute later, but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside. Spurs began taking charge of the first half and Edouard Mendy smartly saved Serge Aurier’s long-range attempt. As the visitors restricted Chelsea to just two shots inside the field, the first half ended 0-0.

After the hour mark, Chelsea had a couple of chances to score. Both Tammy Abraham and Hakim Ziyech missed from near range. Mason Mount almost scored in the final 10 minutes, but a fine save down low was made by Hugo Lloris.

In stoppage time, defender Joe Rodon was unable to capitalize on a headed back-pass mistake by Olivier Giroud as the striker struck a tame shot straight at his Lloris. Then it was Tottenham’s turn to miss a chance to win in the final seconds when substitute Giovani Lo Celso shot over.

A goalless draw was perhaps no surprise since both teams have focused on tightening up their defenses. With each conceding only one goal in their previous four league games after some leaky performances earlier in the season.

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