Tottenham manager, Antonio Conte skipped today’s London Derby match due to illness to beat his former side, Chelsea for the first time at the new Tottenham Hot Spurs stadium.
Graham Potter came under increased criticism after Tottenham’s 2-0 derby victory against his side, Chelsea – thanks to Oliver Skipp’s first goal for the team.
After a contentious first half in which Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech’s red card was overturned in stoppage time, Skipp lit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a magnificent shot in the first minute of the second half.
Eight minutes from time, Kane scored his 20th goal of the season in all competitions when Eric Dier flicked in a right-wing corner from replacement Son Heung-min. This goal complemented the straightforwardness of Spurs’ overall mission from the moment Skipp scored.
These sobering and damaging data apply to Chelsea and Potter. They have lost six straight games in all competitions, scored only once during that time, and with 14 games left, they are 14 points behind Tottenham in fourth place.
Tottenham vs. Chelsea final score
TOT — Oliver Skipp — 46th minute.
TOT — Harry Kane (Eric Dier) — 82nd minute.
Harry Kane is there at the back post to double Tottenham's lead!
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There were six changes to the Chelsea XI that slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to relegation-threatened Southampton last weekend, and a front four of Ziyech, Joao Felix, Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz combined sharply during the opening stages.
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Clear chances still proved illusive for Potter’s latest configuration and Pierre-Emile Hojberg came closest to a first-half opener for Tottenham when his shot from outside the box was deflected against the post by Wesley Fofana, an early replacement for the injured Thiago Silva in the Chelsea defence.
There was a major flashpoint midway through three allocated minutes of injury time as Havertz was booked for a foul on Emerson Royal, who exchanged shoves with Ziyech. The Morocco winger’s hand made contact with Royal’s face after he shoved the wing-back in the shoulder but referee Stuart Attwell overturned a red card following his initial discussions with the VAR when he consulted the pitchside monitor.
Chelsea could not make the most of that let-off when Skipp lashed home a brilliant swerving strike from 20 yards. Kepa Arrizabalaga got a hand to the shot but was partially unsighted by Kalidou Koulibaly.
Chelsea sent on more attacking firepower in the form of Mason Mount, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mykhailo Mudryk but by the time the latter two came on Kane had already made the points safe as their visitors created nothing of note and finished the match with a solitary shot on target in each half.
Tottenham (3-4-3, right to left): 20-Fraser Forster (GK) — 17-Cristian Romero, 15-Eric Dier, 34-Clement Lenglet — 12-Emerson Royal, 5-Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 4-Oliver Skipp, 33-Ben Davies — 21-Dejan Kulusevski (7-Son Heung-min), 10-Harry Kane, 9-Richarlison (23-Pedro Porro)
Chelsea (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1-Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) — 24-Reece James, 6-Thiago Silva (33-Wesley Fofana), 26-Kalidou Koulibaly, 21-Ben Chilwell — 5-Enzo Fernandez, 12-Ruben Loftus-Cheek (20-Denis Zakaria) — 17-Raheem Sterling (9-Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang), 11-Joao Felix (15-Mykhailo Mudryk), 22-Hakim Ziyech (19-Mason Mount) — 29-Kai Havertz