Thursday, September 29

Chelsea shakes off sadness with its usual victory over Tottenham

LONDON (AP) — Once Hakim Ziyech’s curved, diving shot landed in the Tottenham goal, Chelsea never looked back.

Sure, it took as long as two minutes in the second half to break the tie and the Moroccan was justified in rating it “10 out of 10”. But the space given away for Thiago Silva’s header from Mason Mount’s free kick in the 55th minute to seal a 2-0 win on Sunday was a snapshot of the most lopsided of London rivalries.

Chelsea should never have doubted that their four-game Premier League winless streak would end on Sunday. Not even with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who is nine league games unbeaten at the start of his reign at Tottenham before the visit to Stamford Bridge.

It is now 33 wins for Chelsea against Tottenham in the Premier League era, more than against any other opponent. Since 2018, no Tottenham player had scored against Chelsea in the league when the north London side last won this derby.

“For the last two weeks we haven’t had the results that we wanted,” Mount said. “So you start looking around and the teams are getting closer, the teams have more games than us.

“So we started to put ourselves in a difficult position. So today was a massive game, with Tottenham closing in on us and having games against us to get three points was huge for us.”

Tottenham will have complaints that Harry Kane was denied a first-half goal when he was ruled out for what appeared to be his light touch on Silva before racing towards goal to find Ryan Sessegnon’s cross.

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