And now Ziyech almost succeeds in doing a double. Again, the Lilywhites are too passive and the goal scorer to 1-0 can pull again from 16 meters. This time it’s a violent shot with the left, which rushes again in the direction of the left corner. Lloris can prevent the impact with a strong flight insert.
Tooor for Chelsea FC, 1-0 through Hakim Ziyech
What a dream goal! Hakim Ziyech unpacks all his genius and gives his team a 1-0 lead. Hudson-Odoi gets through on the left and then lays across to the free Ziyech on the sixteen, who takes the measure from a standing start from 18 meters with his left to the top left corner. With a lot of spin, the ball turns exactly there. Lloris doesn’t react at all to that incredible art shot. Stamford Bridge is beside itself!
With a little delay, the ball rolls again at Stamford Bridge. Shortly before the restart, the team of referees complained about a hole in Spurs’ goal net. Those responsible temporarily fix this hole with cable ties. The referee is satisfied and gives the go-ahead for the second round. There are no changes yet. Go on.
Kick-off 2nd half
An entertaining London derby between arch-rivals Chelsea and Tottenham goes into the break with a goalless draw. The Blues took charge from the start and set the tone for the entire first round. However, several top-class opportunities could not be used to lead. At the other end, defensively-defending Spurs were lurking for transition opportunities. A counterattack was also successful, but a Kane goal was preceded by an offensive foul, which is why the hit didn’t count. With the clear increase in chances and the game shares, the draw for the Conte-Elf is extremely flattering.
Sessegnon kicks Azpilicueta over and the Blues get another promising free-kick that Ziyech serves high on the back post from the right-half field. There, Sarr lurks relatively freely, but Lloris watches and plucks the leather safely from the air before the birthday boy can take action.
Official injury time (minutes): 3
Tottenham can’t get the ball away and Ziyech can cross again sharply in the direction of the second post, where the Spurs defense can just clear Lukaku for a corner. She now comes sharply into the center again on Thiago Silva, who heads just over the guest goal for the second time in this game.
Lukaku dribbling with a lot of force in the penalty area and then pulls from 13 meters, but Dier is there and successfully blocks the corner. Ziyech’s dead ball from the left once again found no takers at the second post.
The VAR also re-examines Kane’s offensive foul. The referee’s decision stands: the goal does not count.
For the first time in the game, the ball wriggles in the goal. Bergwijn sends Sessegnon down the left, who plays the pass into the center at the right moment. Kane then makes space against Thiago Silva with a bump and then executes from eight meters in the lower left corner. The referee whistles off the situation immediately.
The guests push through Ryan Sessegnon, who doesn’t play a good ball from a half-left position. The ball is too far past the Blues’ box for a shot on goal and clearly too sharp and steep for a cross. Accordingly, the leather silted up in the gateau. Kick off Chelsea.
Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown a yellow card.
Hudson-Odoi starts on the left and Tanganga extends his arm slightly. In view of many hard fouls that were not penalized, this yellow card seems massively exaggerated.
The Blues are now upping the pressure again. Tottenham’s defense is constantly challenged, but keeps the shop running. The advances of the guests into the opposing third can still be counted on one hand.
Lukaku could finish after a cross from the right, but kicks the ball over the ball six meters in front of the goal with a clear shot. The Belgian does not normally miss such a big chance. Hudson-Odoi still gets the ball behind, but does not complete it immediately either, so that the Spurs defense is back on the post after a body mistake.
Both teams lead the game pretty hard. Here and there, sometimes heavy boarding ensures that the pace that would be possible in this game has not yet come up.
The Blues continue to set the tone, but don’t get the right chances, while Tottenham are still struggling and can’t get out of their passivity.
Thiago Silva (Chelsea FC) is shown a yellow card.
Spurs go into the switching game and Thiago Silva puts a stop to it with a body check against Bergwijn. Clear yellow card.
Ziyech again has a lot of space and can cross sharply into the sixteen. Dier can just clear before Lukaku.
Birthday boy Malang Sarr returns to the field and looks set to continue. Take a deep breath for the Tuchel-Elf, who are still in control in this city derby.
Sarr, meanwhile, will be treated outside. The VAR check is now complete. In the eyes of the VAR team, there is no clear wrong decision, which is why there is no subsequent dismissal. Nevertheless, Doherty is very lucky not to get at least a yellow card out of the number.
Doherty gives Sarr a hard kick to the ankle along the way. The referee didn’t see it, but now the VAR steps in and revisits this nasty scene. Meanwhile, Sarr needs treatment on the field.
After a weak Chelsea corner, Spurs can counter via Bergwijn. However, Kovačić works a lot backwards and can stop the advance with a perfectly timed tackle.
Now the Lilywhites come to their first conclusion. Harry Winks refuels from the right wing into the center and is not attacked, which is why he quickly tries to do it on his own. However, his left-footed shot from 19 meters is a treat for Mendy’s representative Kepa, who dives in good time and is able to safely hold the shot.
Hakim Ziyech just tries to hit it from a distance. The left-footed shot from 18 meters comes sharply to the bottom left corner, but Hugo Lloris is there and palms the ball to the side to play it safe.
The Pensioners push and work their way into the next corner kick, in which Thiago Silva hits the penalty spot with all his might in an aerial duel. However, his degree goes just over the bar. Kick off Tottenham.
Ziyech has a lot of space. However, his conclusion from the second row is blocked to the corner, which then brings nothing further. The guests haven’t really arrived in the game yet.
The first minutes clearly belong to the blues. Ziyech pulls in a powerful cross towards the back post where Hudson-Odoi slips away behind Tanganga. From an acute angle, he then puts the header a meter to the left of the goal.
What a start! Mount is looking for the first attack on the right Lukaku, who leaves Dier and promptly comes to an end from ten meters. However, the right-hand shot from the turn rushes clearly over the bar. Kick off Tottenham.
The ball rolls at Stamford Bridge. The home side wear all blue, while Spurs wear white shirts over dark blue shorts. Here we go.
Incidentally, this London city duel has already taken place a total of 172 times. The Blues lead the direct comparison with 76 wins (41 draws, 55 defeats) and have always kept a clean sheet against the Lilywhites in the last five competitive games in a row. Just on January 5th and January 12th, the Tuchel-Elf celebrated two convincing victories against Spurs in the EFL Cup semi-finals. Previously, the Pensioners had won 3-0 away in the Premier League on September 19, 2021 at their city rivals, who at the time were still being looked after by the hapless Nuno Espírito Santo.
Antonio Conte can’t do without rotation after the exhausting last-minute win at the Foxes four days ago. A total of four changes have been made at Tottenham: Steven Bergwijn, Matt Doherty, Eric Dier and Ryan Sessegnon move into the starting lineup. Oliver Skipp, Reguilón, Lucas Moura and Emerson Royal (all four benches) stay outside.
Tottenham presented themselves much stronger again under Antonio Conte in the Premier League. In league operations, the Lilywhites have not lost any of the nine league games played under the eccentric Italian (six wins, three draws). Most recently, the Spurs celebrated an important 3-2 away win at reigning FA Cup winners Leicester City on Wednesday evening. The London club, which still has several open games to catch up, is once again fully involved in the fight for the Champions League.
Most recently, the selection made by newly crowned FIFA world coach Thomas Tuchel did not go beyond a 1-1 draw in Brighton on Tuesday. Compared to this game, the Blues coach makes two changes today: Malang Sarr and Mateo Kovačić start today for N’Golo Kanté and Marcos Alonso (both on the bench). The German offensive duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are again only in the reserve role.
The Blues just won two games against the Spurs in the semifinals of the EFL Cup and thus secured their place in the final, in which there will be a duel between Tuchel and Klopp in Wembley at the end of February. In league operations, on the other hand, there have recently been four games without a win in a row (three draws, one defeat). Accordingly, the Pensioners are under pressure in the London Derby against their city rivals. The gap to leaders Manchester City has finally grown to 13 points.
Good day and welcome from Stamford Bridge. Here, Chelsea FC host Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League match day 23 today at 17:30.