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Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Chelsea

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min shoots at goal
Tottenham have not lost in the league since the opening day of the season

Tottenham extended their unbeaten run but missed the chance to go fourth with a goalless draw against Chelsea.

Chelsea's Asmir Begovic was the busier goalkeeper in the first half, keeping out Son Heung-min's header and Mousa Dembele's low drive.

Playing up front, Eden Hazard forced Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris into a low, reflex save from a superb volley - their only shot on target.

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The point saw Chelsea to move up a place to 14th in the Premier League.

Spurs striker Harry Kane also tested Begovic, while Pedro was wayward with a couple of strikes from outside the box.

It was a fair result in a London derby which petered out in the second half after Tottenham's trip to Azerbaijan and Chelsea's match in Israel in midweek.

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa
Chelsea striker Diego Costa was left out despite scoring the winner against Norwich in the last league match

Chelsea were much improved compared with other times this season, but there seems to be a lack of harmony between boss Jose Mourinho and striker Diego Costa.

Mourinho decided to drop the Spain international, 27, to the bench after admitting the pair had "a few kisses and cuddles" after an argument during their Champions League win at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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They may need to make up again after Costa petulantly threw his bib towards his Portuguese manager after failing to be sent on as a substitute.

Hazard was deployed as the furthest man forward at White Hart Lane, and the Belgium forward's hard-working performance saw him make 71 sprints - more than any other player on the pitch.

He should have done better with a headed effort which went over the bar in the opening period and was thwarted by Lloris' excellent save.

Missed opportunity for Spurs

Tottenham striker Harry Kane's touchmap
Kane failed to exert his influence on the game. He touched the ball 40 times - the least of any Spurs outfield player who played the 90 minutes - and just once inside the Chelsea penalty area

The Blues kept their third clean sheet in a row in all competitions, but the lacklustre stalemate means the defending champions have won just four times in 14 league games this season.

On the other hand, Tottenham are still unbeaten since the opening day at Manchester United and have now gone 13 without defeat in the Premier League for the first time.

However, they have drawn half of their matches and an inability to be clinical in front of goal may hinder any prospects of finishing in the top four.

Spurs' defence, marshalled by the impressive Belgium duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, has conceded just 11 goals, but at the other end striker Kane was kept quiet.

The England international went into the game on a run of nine goals in six games, but his side will need him to make a difference in the big matches, like he did in the 5-3 victory in last season's corresponding fixture.

Man of the match - Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld
Alderweireld (right) made more clearances (15) than any other player on the pitch and regained possession five times. A solid performance in a tight match.

The stats you need to know

  • Chelsea have won just one of their last 10 Premier League away trips to White Hart Lane (won one, drawn five, lost four)
  • Chelsea have now gone five successive Premier League away matches without a win (lost three, drawn two); their worst run on the road in the competition since March 2013.
  • Tottenham have conceded just three goals in their last seven Premier League home games.

What next?

Tottenham travel to face West Brom and Chelsea host Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge. Both Premier League games take place next Saturday.

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 4-3-2-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2WalkerBooked at 45mins
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5VertonghenBooked at 53mins
  • 3RoseBooked at 32mins
  • 8MasonSubstituted forLamelaat 56'minutes
  • 15Dier
  • 19Dembélé
  • 23Eriksen
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forN'Jieat 75'minutes
  • 10KaneBooked at 40mins

Substitutes

  • 11Lamela
  • 13Vorm
  • 14N'Jie
  • 16Trippier
  • 25Onomah
  • 27Wimmer
  • 28Carroll

Chelsea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Begovic
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 5Zouma
  • 24Cahill
  • 28AzpilicuetaBooked at 90mins
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 21MaticBooked at 59mins
  • 22WillianSubstituted forKenedyat 89'minutes
  • 8Oscar
  • 17PedroSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 90+2'minutes
  • 10E Hazard

Substitutes

  • 6Baba
  • 12Mikel
  • 15Djilobodji
  • 16Kenedy
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 32Amelia
  • 36Loftus-Cheek
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
35,639

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home9
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Chelsea 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Chelsea 0.

  3. Booking

    César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Pedro.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but Kurt Zouma is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Clinton N'Jie (Tottenham Hotspur).

  10. Post update

    Kenedy (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Kenedy replaces Willian.

  12. Post update

    Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

  15. Post update

    Oscar (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Eric Dier tries a through ball, but Erik Lamela is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Clinton N'Jie (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

  20. Post update

    Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City1492330141629
2Leicester148512921829
3Man Utd1484220101028
4Arsenal1483324121227
5Tottenham1467124111325
6Liverpool146531815323
7Crystal Palace147161914522
8West Ham146442521422
9Everton145632719821
10Southampton145542017320
11Watford145451516-119
12Stoke145451114-319
13West Brom145361318-518
14Chelsea144371723-615
15Swansea143561419-514
16Norwich143471725-813
17Sunderland143381626-1012
18Bournemouth142481730-1310
19Newcastle142481430-1610
20Aston Villa1412111227-155
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