The first Premier League action that we laid our eyes upon earlier today was an intense London derby that ended in a 1-1 draw between the hosts Tottenham and the Blues, Chelsea. Both sides played hard and smart, but they also played it safe for the majority of the game.
The first goal was scored by the hosts courtesy of Gylfi Sigurdsson, who bravely hopped past one challenge to slot home past a helpless keeper in Petr Cech. The answer arrived in the second half as Juan Mata’s free-kick was headed home by captain John Terry.
Both goals were decent, but they were also the only true offensive chances of the entire game. Neither side was able to consistently put the other on the back foot to press for the go-ahead goal. Counter-attacking was the best option to score in this match but even with that tactic, nothing more than a draw was played out.
The home side struggled to get their big guns — Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado and Paulinho — besides Dembele, who created havoc by cutting past several defenders to open up space. However, he could not hit the frame with a shot or set up his teammates in the right spots.
Chelsea’s Fernando Torres was ejected after getting into one too many tangles with Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen in the 81st minute. This honestly did not hurt the visitors too much as the hosts still struggled to get more than one or two shots off. Thus, the spoils were shared at the end of the 90.