Chelsea retained their place at the top of the Premier League after beating Tottenham and ending their unbeaten streak in the league.
An early Eriksen goal meant Spurs were on route to a strong start in their recovery from a Champions League exit. However, Tottenham’s effort was to no avail, as Pedro took centre stage with a fabulous goal just before half-time. Tottenham’s woeful record at Stamford Bridge was extended when Moses scored what was potentially the winner.
As a result, Chelsea continue to impress with their new transformation under Antonio Conte. Claiming all three points today also meant they now have a six-point advantage over their London counterpart, Arsenal, who play on Sunday and a point differentiation from title rivals, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Chelsea headed into the game on the back of six straight wins in the league; it came as no surprise when they announced an unchanged lineup. On the other hand, Tottenham were reluctant to change their team as injuries and a suspension meant some players could not participate. Key names such as Rose, Lamela and Alderweireld fell into that category.
Despite the assumed disadvantage, Tottenham looked the more comfortable early on. Keeping possession and becoming a goal threat became noticeable. Tottenham were further rewarded when they took the lead through Eriksen. After the referee played the advantage on a foul on Son, the ball finds its way to Eriksen. Eriksen takes a touch and rockets the ball into the back of the net for his first league goal this season.
Up to this moment, Chelsea had no reply. However, after the goal they slowly started to find their rhythm. The equaliser came from the unlikeliest of sources at the unlikeliest of times. After receiving the ball from Matic, Pedro takes a deft turn towards his right, which gave him the space to curl the ball into the back of the net just before halftime. It was a great goal to score, at the most crucial of times as well.
Progressively, Chelsea got better after the break. Using the ball on the width, containing the pressure from Tottenham and creating more chances became evident. In fact, it only took six minutes after the break to score. Costa holding the ball near the by line and feeding it across to Moses who scored; ensured the three points for the blues.
Arguably, Chelsea deserved the victory based on resilience and merit. The three points also ensures Chelsea stay at the top of the league. However, another week at the top could soon be forgotten as Chelsea prepare to face Manchester City at the Etihad next week. Spurs on the other hand will host Swansea, as they will look to bounce back and reach the top four.