Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham: Premier League – as it happened

13h ago 17.00 EDT Micky Van de Ven admits that a Champions League places is looking distant for Spurs: Today was not a good performance for us. I think we can do much better, play much better football. In the first half we didn’t even come out and when we came out we didn’t push forward. In the second half we wanted to play, and I think we tried to play, but there was not that confidence. I don’t want to say our confidence is gone. It’s important we recover well and bounce back for the weekend. On set pieces: We know what to do, but every ball goes in at the moment. Of course, it’ can’t happen, two goals again coming from set pieces. But it’s not that every time when they have set piece I think, it’s going to be a goal. Share

14h ago 16.53 EDT David Hytner has filed his match report from Stamford Bridge: Ange Postecoglou says he does not care about the questions being asked about Tottenham’s inability to defend securely from set pieces. The manager believes he will get it right. But he could not avoid another hail of them as his team slumped to a third defeat on the spin, their season in increasing danger of fizzling out. It was Chelsea’s night, this a victory to fire their hopes of a Europa League finish to a remorselessly testing season. They were excellent in the first-half, Spurs so poor that Postecoglou howled in frustration on a number of occasions. It was difficult to remember seeing him so unhappy. Much more here: Trevoh Chalobah and Nicolas Jackson head Chelsea to win against Tottenham Read more Share

14h ago 16.47 EDT Pochettino: ‘It’s the first time this season that I feel so happy’ Mauricio Pochettino turns up now: We have some positive things. Not too many, but we believe and trust in our players. We really believed it’s an opportunity to show that we believe in what we are doing, in our ideas, our philosophy. Facing a team like Tottenham is never easy, and it’s a derby, but today was fantastic. Full credit to the players, the way they approached the game, the way we tried to play, I think it was fantastic. I think it’s the first time in the season that I really feel so happy. It’s the moment, after 10 months, that the team start to realise how we need to compete. I don’t know if it’s the best performance but the most important is the feeling. With all the circumstances, that showed we were doing things well. I think the whole team was, in both phases, was connected. Share

14h ago 16.43 EDT Trevoh Chalobah has a chat with Sky: I’ve been working on my headers, and we’ve worked a lot on set pieces. It was a perfect ball for me to attack. I’ve been working a lot in training, just on my own, and that’s what hard work does. For me, I’ve been through a lot in my career. It’s important just to stay focused. I know my abilities. And just to keep working. I’ve been training well and the manager’s putting me in, and every time I pull the shirt on I want to do my best and give it my all. The types of players we have, the ability we have, the moment we get that consistency we’ll be flying. We just need to stay grounded, stay humble. Share

14h ago 16.32 EDT The league table now looks like this. Spurs need to beat one of Liverpool or Manchester City, plus their two other games, to have the slightest chance of qualifying for the Champions League (Villa play Brighton (a), Liverpool (h) and Crystal Palace (a), and you’d have thought they’d probably get three points from those). Chelsea are three points away from sixth place with better goal difference, and they have much kinder fixtures than Manchester United, who still have to play Arsenal and Newcastle. Share

14h ago 16.27 EDT Final score: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham 90+7 mins: It’s all over, and Spurs have flopped at Stamford Bridge yet again. Share

14h ago 16.26 EDT 90+5 mins: Gil’s cross from the left bounces across the edge of Chelsea’s six-yard box, without any Spurs player getting anywhere very close to it. Share

14h ago 16.25 EDT 90+4 mins: Jimi Tauriainen replaces Jackson. To answer your question, yes, those are a lot of vowels. Share

14h ago 16.23 EDT 90+2 mins: Spurs win the ball just inside their own half and break; Son tees up Bentancur, who sidefoots wide. Share

14h ago 16.22 EDT 90+1 mins: The ball eventually falls to Hojbjerg, beyond the far post. He’s in all sorts of space but takes a touch and suddenly has none at all. Share

14h ago 16.21 EDT 90+1 mins: There are going to be six minutes of stoppage time, and they’ll start with a Spurs corner after Maddison’s shot is deflected wide. Share

14h ago 16.20 EDT 89 mins: Bentancur’s 25-yarder is mishit and dribbles apologetically into Petrovic’s arms. Share

14h ago 16.18 EDT 87 mins: Palmer’s free kick looks to be curling over, but Vicario makes sure. Corner. Share

14h ago 16.18 EDT 86 mins: Chelsea have another tasty set-piece, this time just to the right of the penalty area. Lo Celso comes on for Emerson Royal. Share

14h ago 16.16 EDT 84 mins: Gilchrist goes down, and Chelsea’s physios come on to have a look at him. It seems his night is over. It’s been a pretty positive one – I wouldn’t say he hasn’t put a foot wrong, but he hasn’t looked out of place. Josh Acheampong comes on to make his Premier League debut. Share

14h ago 16.15 EDT 83 mins: Spurs continue to hog possession, and continue to do nothing with it. Share

14h ago 16.11 EDT 80 mins: Spurs are seeing much more of the ball these last few minutes, but they still have no idea what to do with it. “I was full of righteous indignation today about England having four Champions League places to Germany and Italy’s five, but frankly watching Spurs tonight there’s no way the deserve to be in the European elite,” fumes Felix Wood. “Clueless at the back, clueless going forward. The Chelsea ful-lbacks basically just have to stand still and either have Johnson kick the ball into them or have a cross field pass woefully underhit onto their head.”


14h ago 16.09 EDT 78 mins: Bryan Gil comes on for Johnson, who has not been very good. Share

14h ago 16.09 EDT 77 mins: Romero is inside the Chelsea penalty area, rolling around and clutching his face. Turns out Casadei jumped into him. Share

14h ago 16.05 EDT 74 mins: What a miss! Spurs send in an excellent low centre from the right. It runs to Johnson beyond the far post, and he skews it wide! Share

14h ago 16.04 EDT GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham (Jackson, 72 mins) And Chelsea double their lead! It’s a wonderful but not quite good enough free-kick from Palmer, which dips onto the crossbar with the keeper helpless, bounces down and back to Jackson, who sends a header over two defenders and into the far corner! View image in fullscreen Just clear it, lads. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Share Updated at 16.11 EDT

14h ago 16.03 EDT 71 mins: Chelsea win a free-kick five yards or so outside the D, and Cole Palmer is eyeing it up hungrily. Share

14h ago 16.00 EDT 68 mins: Son passes to Johnson, who slides a low ball too far in front of Emerson Royal to be turned in. Turns out Son was offside at the start of the move, so it didn’t matter. Share

14h ago 15.58 EDT 67 mins: Chelsea break from the corner, and Jackson is in the centre circle when Van de Ven runs up from behind him and bowls him over. That’s the night’s first yellow card. Share

15h ago 15.57 EDT 66 mins: Johnson kicks the ball into Gilchrist this time, and it goes behind for a Spurs corner. Share

15h ago 15.55 EDT 64 mins: Johnson is now on the left so has a new full-back to kick the ball into. Son is down the middle, and Kulusevski on the right. Share

15h ago 15.54 EDT 63 mins: Probably Spurs’ best two minutes of the game, but they can’t find a way through the Chelsea backline and it ends with a long-range shot that goes wide. And with that, a triple change: Richarlison, Bissouma and Sarr go off; Bentancur, Maddison and Hojbjerg come on. Share

15h ago 15.51 EDT 60 mins: Madueke runs into the area, but tries to pass to Palmer when he should just have thumped the ball into the roof of the net. Share

15h ago 15.50 EDT 58 mins: The ball is played right to Johnson. Richarlison is unmarked in the middle. Johnson kicks the ball into Cucurella. Pedro Porro literally has his head in his hands. Share

15h ago 15.48 EDT 56 mins: Johnson is putting in a frustratingly guileless display on the Spurs right. He can run and he can kick, and if anyone’s standing in his way he’ll run into them, or kick the ball into them. Share

15h ago 15.43 EDT 52 mins: From a quick throw-in Madueke is found in space and he passes to Palmer, just inside the area and with space to measure his shot. His shot, however, is rubbish. Share

15h ago 15.42 EDT 50 mins: Son has run with the ball twice this half already. He was almost entirely absent from the first half. The second run ends with his heel being clipped by Gilchrist, and a free kick. View image in fullscreen Tottenham need a big second-half from their captain. Photograph: Paul Phelan/ProSports/Shutterstock Share Updated at 15.44 EDT

15h ago 15.39 EDT 48 mins: Spurs win a corner. Cucurella goes down clutching his face (he was pushed a bit by Van de Ven, but nothing happened to his face). Chelsea fre ekick. Share

15h ago 15.38 EDT 47 mins: Spurs on the front foot. Petrovic does a full-length dive to push away a cross from the right. “Is there any way for Spurs to start each game 1-0 down?” asks Phil Moseley. “Basically (a) it’s inevitable anyway, and (b) they don’t wake up until they do. I think Ange would be fine with this, just like he’s fine with conceding from set pieces.” Share

15h ago 15.35 EDT The players are back out. Neither manager appears to have made any half-timely changes. Share

15h ago 15.32 EDT Half-time listening: Yes, it’s Angry Angerson. Suddenly you’re seeing him just the way he is. Share

15h ago 15.30 EDT Sky are talking about “Angry Ange”, saying he was absolutely incandescent at some points in the first half. The issue is that even when he’s angry he seems to look pretty cheerful: View image in fullscreen Big Ange is raging. Photograph: John Walton/PA Share Updated at 15.38 EDT

15h ago 15.21 EDT Half time: Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham The corner is sent in, headed behind, and the whistle sounds. Chelsea deserve to be ahead and are ahead, but Romero should really have equalised for Spurs. Share

15h ago 15.20 EDT 45+4 mins: Ten seconds of stoppage time to play, and Chelsea win a corner. This’ll be the last action of the half, you’d have thought. Share

15h ago 15.18 EDT 45+3 mins: Petrovic has some proper work to do, catching Johnson’s low cross after it deflects his way off Cucurella. Share

15h ago 15.17 EDT 45+2 mins: A nice move from Spurs, but it ends with Johnson cutting the ball back to Sarr, whose shot deflects wide off Chalobah. Share

15h ago 15.16 EDT 45+1 mins: Into stoppage time, of which there’ll be four minutes. Share

15h ago 15.14 EDT 43 mins: Johnson wins a corner. These have been a better, if not exactly good, few minutes for Spurs. “As an Arsenal fan I should be enjoying this dreadful Spurs performance but I need them to find some form, as they’ll never take points off City playing like this,” writes Matthew Stephens. “COYS!” Share

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