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Chelsea’s away-day Blues continue as Tottenham take control of top-four race

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 15:30, 26 February 2023

Tottenham inflicted more pressure on Graham Potter after running out 2-0 winners over Chelsea in the Premier League this afternoon.

Both teams came into today’s fixture lacking reasonable form; the Lilywhites had suffered two defeats across their previous five league outings while Potter’s men have now extended their winless streak to five games, this coming on the back of a miserable home loss against Southampton.

In a typically feisty London derby, the game turned on its head a minute on either side of half-time.

Hakim Ziyech was given a reprieve through VAR after Stuart Attwell gave the Moroccan playmaker his marching orders before, mere seconds into the second 45, unfancied midfielder Oliver Skipp registered a first-ever goal for Tottenham with this being appearance number 67 in all competitions. It also happened to be the ninth time Spurs had scored in the first 15 minutes of the second half; only Arsenal (14) and Manchester City (12) have been more prolific in this instance.

The north London club also finish strongly. Harry Kane’s effort to ultimately seal all three points means he’s now scored 20 goals in nine successive seasons across all competitions. It was also the ninth time Spurs have scored in the last 15 minutes of the second half; only Manchester United (11) sit above them in this statistical table. Kane also becomes the first Tottenham player since Gary Lineker in 1990/91 to score home and away league goals against Chelsea.

For all their lavish spending — especially in attack — Chelsea have only scored just six goals in their last 12 Premier League games. To put this in some perspective, no team has scored fewer since the start of November (the first game in this run). Indeed, the Blues have struck more than once in just one of their last 15 league games (2-0 vs Bournemouth).

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It’s not clicking at Stamford Bridge, let alone on the road. Chelsea’s eight away games without a Premier League away victory is their longest such run since a 16-game streak between April 2000 and March 2001. As for top-four chasing Spurs, this was a first win over Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and never before in a Premier League season have they picked up four points against them.