There was a period when Tottenham appeared to have Chelsea’s number. Not any longer. The times have changed. They undoubtedly have in north London’s lilywhite neighborhood.
A Harry Kane penalty separated these teams at the same level of the campaign three years ago, practically to the day. Tottenham had defeated Chelsea for the third time in a row. There hasn’t been any since. Chelsea won the second leg and went on to win the final on penalties. Since then, Chelsea has won six and drawn two of their eight matches.
This was one of the easier victories in that sequence, which is concerning for Antonio Conte, his players, and his bosses. Indeed, Thomas Tuchel will be disappointed that there will be any sort of competition next week. By now, it should have been all over. Chelsea had enough chances to defeat Tottenham in the second half with a two-goal lead at the break.
CHELSEA (4-2-2-2): Kepa 7; Azpilicueta 6.5 (Vale 90min), Sarr 6.5, Rudiger 7.5, Alonso 7; Saul 6.5, (Loftus-Cheek 73, 6), Jorginho 7; Mount 7 (Kovacic 73, 6), Ziyech 6 (Pulisic 79); Lukaku 6.5, Havertz 7 (Werner 46, 6.5).
Scorers: Havertz 5, Davies (og) 34.
Manager: Thomas Tuchel 7.
TOTTENHAM (3-4-3): Lloris 6; Tanganga 5.5, Sanchez 6, Davies 6; Royal 6, Hojbjerg 6, Skipp 5.5 (Winks 73, 6), Doherty 4.5 (Ndombele 46, 5); Moura 5.5 (Gil 80), Kane 6, Son 6 (Lo Celso 79).
Manager: Antonio Conte 5.5
Referee: Craig Pawson 6.
Source: Daily Mail