Tottenham is seeking just a second victory at Stamford Bridge since the Premier League started in 1992 when it travels across London to play Chelsea in the headline game of the second round. Indeed, the last five meetings between the teams have all been won by Chelsea, which handed out three humbling losses to Tottenham in January.
That left Antonio Conte, the Tottenham manager who used to be in charge of Chelsea, to reflect on the distance between his current and old team. Tottenham has improved since than and started the season with a 4-1 win against Southampton. Chelsea opened with a 1-0 win at Everton.
Sterling makes space after Loftus-Cheek’s run but the shot is off target. Then Kane wastes Tottenham’s biggest chance. Straight through but a poor finish. How did he miss that. Mount hits a lofted ball which could have been a cross or a shot but is just something in the middle as it goes over the bar with Lloris being kept honest to the flight of the ball.
3 minutes of stoppage time added and Spurs midfielders need to do a lot more if they are to get back in this match. That’s it. Halftime as Chelsea go into the break as the happier of the two sides. Corner for Chelsea. Mount takes it and it’s cleared and Spurs are away before James fouls Son as the move breaks down. James gets cautioned.
Mount sprays a ball to Sterling which falls just behind his England compatriot and it’s played back. Mount gets it back. Shoots and it’s curled over the bar.
And that’s a goaaaaaaaaaaalll!!! This match is going back and forth. Sterling lays it on for James and he finishes!!!! Easy finish and Chelsea’s lead is restored.
Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham (77")
⚽️: Reece James
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