Tuchel picks up biggest win of Chelsea reign so far with Spurs victory

Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel picks up the biggest win of his reign so far as Jorginho’s first-half penalty is enough to see off Spurs after another miserable display from Jose Mourinho’s side

  • Jorginho coolly dispatched a penalty to give Chelsea victory at Tottenham in the Premier League on Thursday
  • The midfielder converted precisely after Timo Werner was brought down in the first half of a dominant display
  • Chelsea’s second successive win lifted the Blues into sixth, above Tottenham and Everton in the table
  • New manager Thomas Tuchel won his first away game to go three matches unbeaten with a third clean sheet
  • Latest Premier League news, live action and results can be found here
  • Premier League table – as it stands

Tottenham are in their worst run of league form since 2012; Jose Mourinho in his worst run at home, ever. Suddenly, Chelsea are no longer the capital’s crisis club.

This was a second win for Thomas Tuchel, but the biggest so far, coming away from home against a fellow member of the elite. Not that such a word could currently be applied to Tottenham. 

A third straight league defeat is their poorest run since a similar stretch under Andre Villas-Boas between November 3 and 17, 2012. As for Mourinho, incredibly, this is the first time he has lost back to back home league games in his career.

Midfielder Jorginho scores a penalty in the 24th minute to give Chelsea the lead against Tottenham in a huge London derby

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho watches on but is unable to avoid losing back-to-back home matches for the first time as a coach

MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS 

TOTTENHAM (4-3-2-1): Lloris 6; Aurier 6.5, Alderweireld 6, Dier 5, Davies 5.5; Ndombele 6.5 (Moura 69min, 5.5), Hojbjerg 7, Sissoko 6; Bergwijn 6 (Lamela 69, 5.5), Son 5.5; Vinicius 5.5.

Subs not used: Hart, Rodon, Sanchez, Winks, Tanganga, Doherty, Bale.

Booked: Alderweireld, Hojbjerg.

Manager: Jose Mourinho 6.

CHELSEA (3-4-2-1): Mendy 6; Azpilicueta 7, Silva 6.5 (Christensen 36, 6), Rudiger 7; James 7, Kovacic 7 (Kante 74), Jorginho 7, Alonso 7; Mount 7.5, Hudson-Odoi 6.5 (Pulisic 65, 6); Werner 6.5.

Subs not used: Arrizabalaga, Chilwell, Palmieri, Ziyech, Giroud, Abraham.

Scorer: Jorginho 24 (pen).

Booked: Pulisic, Kante, Azpilicueta.

Manager: Thomas Tuchel 7.

Referee: Andre Marriner 7.

 

It was deserved, too. The records may show a Jorginho penalty was all that separated these teams, but it was much, much more. Chelsea had an enormous share of the possession and played with greater intent from the start. 

Tuchel has injected urgency into the place and even the forlorn Timo Werner has benefitted. He looks livelier, more dangerous. Not like scoring, exactly, but there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. One late shot, blocked by Eric Dier, knocked Tottenham’s centre-half clean off his feet.

Hugo Lloris, Tottenham’s goalkeeper, stopped the scoreline having a more realistic set of figures. He beat Christian Pulisic to the ball from a Mason Mount cross after 66 minutes, and tipped round a Mount shot from a pass by Werner ten minutes later. He even headed a horrible Dier backpass off the line. Had Carlos Vinicius equalised for Tottenham with a header in the 88th minute – as he should have done – it would have been a travesty. That was one of the times any Tottenham follower would have missed Harry Kane. But there were plenty more.

And, no, Chelsea are not back in the title race. They are 11 points behind Manchester City, who also have a game in hand. It would take more than a new manager to inspire that little miracle. But a place in the top four, Champions League football next season, that is very much on.

What is happening now will be making a lot of teams very nervous. Tottenham, obviously; but Manchester United, Leicester and maybe even Liverpool, too. Chelsea are now four points off their fourth placed berth.

Naturally, when Tottenham lose, attention turns to Mourinho and his style of play, certainly when Chelsea look so energised by Tuchel. And, undoubtedly, it is true that without their outlet through Kane, Tottenham can be a very uninspiring team. Yet, deserved or not, one goal celebrated these sides. And the fact remains it was a goal over which Mourinho had pretty much no control. 

Eric Dier (left) brings down Timo Werner with a late challenge inside the penalty area in the decisive moment of the encounter

The penalty was reward for a dominant first-half display by Chelsea, who could have scored more after the interval

For while there are some things for which the manager can be blamed: that Tottenham were not positive enough until late; that they allowed Chelsea to dominate play; that they have failed to come up with an adequate battle-plan to cover for the absence of Kane; that Vinicius is no alternate. All of this can be laid at the manager’s door, if so inclined.

Yet Dier trying to tackle Werner repeatedly having already gone to ground in the penalty area, and that it didn’t end well? One imagines Mourinho does not teach this type of defensive strategy in training.

If so, it will be in a class labelled Foolishness for Beginners. Quite what outcome Dier expected as he hacked away at Werner’s shins and ankles with little hope of getting the ball is a mystery. Maybe he thought Werner was the sort of chap that would make every attempt to stay on his feet, so as not to get him into trouble. He’s a striker. He’s from Germany. Only a lunatic expects favours in such circumstances.


New manager Thomas Tuchel (right) is yet to see his team concede a goal and won his first away match to go three unbeaten 

Callum Hudson-Odoi (right) challenges Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg during a downpour at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

And Dier would have to be mad to think he would get away with it, too. He was rash in the first place, stretching and sliding in the penalty area to intercept a through pass with Werner in close attendance. He cut out the ball, but it was left loose and Werner attempted to capitalise on Dier’s impetuousness. 

The Tottenham man then compounded his mistake by trying to play on from a position of extreme disadvantage. It was a tangle of legs, and mostly his. Eventually, he made contact with Werner from behind. Not the hardest kick but an undeniable foul, and therefore a penalty. A linesman flagged, referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot. There was no logical reason for protest.

Jorginho stepped up. No player scores a higher percentage of his goals from penalties in the Premier League. Whether this is the Tuchel effect, too, but even his strike had more urgency than under previous coaches. There was no long skip this time, no go-slow in the run up. He struck it clean and calm, into the side-netting on the left. Lloris had no chance.

It was no more than Chelsea merited. They had been far superior to that point, in control in all aspects and much the more ambitious team. The game was ten seconds old when Werner headed over from a Cesar Azpilicueta cross and from there Chelsea took charge. Perhaps that explained Tuchel’s frustration. Once again, they should have had more to show for it.

Spurs’ Son Heung-min endures a frustrating night in which the South Korea star had few chances and looked isolated up front

Timo Werner (left) competes with Serge Aurier for the ball during the biggest game of Tuchel’s short time in charge 

Mount was the main culprit, it seemed. Set up by Callum Hudson-Odoi in an incredible amount of space early on – given this was supposed to be Tottenham keeping it tight – he ballooned his cross yards beyond the crowded penalty area. 

Tuchel half-resembled Basil Fawlty in his hopping mad frustration. Then, with close to the last kick of the first-half, Reece James cut inside and teed up Mount whose shot was blocked as he tried to make it perfect. Again, Tuchel’s demeanour suggested he wanted more action, less artistry.

This was certainly a more dynamic Chelsea than we have seen of late. Less sideways passing, less passing for passing’s sake, particularly from Jorginho. For such a creative player it has always been wondered why he is not more ambitious, why he doesn’t play those eye of the needle balls that strikers love most. He made several attempts here, although Chelsea are not blessed with the most direct forwards at this moment.

They were better for having James back, though, his pace and strong physicality causing Ben Davies no end of trouble, his crosses a constant danger, too.

The result moves Chelsea to within four points of the top four ahead of three league fixtures against sides in the bottom half

Tuchel shows his satisfaction after a second win in five days and a match when his possession-based approach paid off again

And Tottenham? God, they miss Kane. Son Heung-min looks for him almost with sad eyes during those counter-attacking moves, seeing only the cumbersome Vinicius or the less gifted Steven Bergwijn ahead. 

On one occasion, Tottenham broke and Son went on a run that would have been spotted by Kane, instantly. Vinicius held onto the ball, held onto it, held onto it, and the moment was lost.

Not that Tottenham breaks were plentiful. Their only other chance of note came in first-half injury time when a Son free-kick was met by Serge Aurier, only to steer his header wide. 

Chelsea were rarely less than comfortable, bar the brilliant 35th minute interception from Thiago Silva, that saw him stretch full length to cut out a pass, but take no further part in the game. Any length of absence would be a blow, the form he’s been in. But it didn’t halt their momentum.

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Chelsea earn a deserved 1-0 win through that precise first-half penalty from Jorginho, although they will feel they could have had more after largely bossing the second half, continuing the theme of the opening 45 minutes.

Tuchel continues his near-flawless start by winning his first away game with another clean sheet, and Mourinho suffers back-to-back league home defeats for the first time in his career as Spurs lose a London derby for the first time this season with a drab performance.

Thanks for joining us – you can read a full match report in due course above these updates, and Sportsmail will have all the reaction to come.

Dier curls his shot wide from a distance that could be described as ambitious. He might have caught Mendy out at the far post he was aiming for had he been accurate – and surely the imperative is to hit the target from a free-kick within sight of goal in the 89th minute. There will be three minutes of additional time.

Spurs have a free-kick outside the penalty area in a central position. Dier is over it.

On his first Premier League start for the club, Vinicius looks certain to head the equaliser, rising well to meet a superb Aurier cross from the right. He nods it just wide of Mendy’s right-hand post, and Mourinho looks suitably anguished.

Not this time, although it’s good work from the man whose famous late intervention took Spurs to the Champions League final.

Tottenham play the ball around patiently outside the Chelsea penalty area, and Moura turns sharply with his back to goal, deceiving Jorginho before scooping a powerful shot over the crossbar.

Mount lofts a free-kick into the penalty area for Chelsea, sent from a useful position near the penalty area to the right of centre. Spurs clear, and Lloris collects from the ensuing attack. Suffice to say, this is not where the hosts want the balance of play to occur right now.

Substitute Lamela bursts into life as Spurs have their first shot for 74 minutes. The midfielder advances to the right of centre inside the Chelsea half before cutting inside, taking plenty of touches alongside some neat trickery to create space before curling in a venomous shot that Medny is equal to, parrying around his post.

Another replacement – Chelsea’s Christensen – has been booked. Kane then also goes in the book for taking out Moura’s ankle with a clump of his boot.

Commendably brave defending from Spurs to stop three Chelsea shots from nearing their intended target. Werner reaches an excellent long pass from Rudiger on the left hand side of the penalty area, cutting inside and seeing his strike blocked.

Pulisic and James then suffer the same fate, before Mount comes closest in the attack that follows, cantering inside the penalty area from the left before flashing a low effort towards the far corner that Lloris stretches to divert behind.

Gareth Bale is warming up intently for Spurs on the sideline.

How Tuchel would have loved Werner to have broken his barren run with that chance earlier when he was thwarted by Aurier. It looks like Kante is about to replace Kovacic, who has just been on the end of a spicy challenge from Lamela. There’s a line of grass on the midfielder’s face as he trudges off, receiving a hand slap and pat on the back from Tuchel as he departs.

The midfielder charges forward and sends a low shot meekly wide of Lloris’s left-hand post from just outside the penalty area.

Understandably, Mourinho’s seen enough and makes a couple of changes: Moura and Lamela replace Bergwijn and Ndombele. They have just over 20 minutes of normal time to hit back.

Pulisic almost makes an instant impact, reaching a foot out to nearly prod a right-wing cross from Mount beyond the advancing Lloris in front of goal, who gets there in time to paw away. Lloris was also forced to head away after a wayward pass, causing consternation from Mourinho on the touchline.

This photo, possibly, sums up a frustrating night for Son so far, who’s had about as much to feed on in attack as a vegan in a butcher’s. Alonso smashes a first-time shot from a right-wing pass over the bar from the edge of the penalty area, and Hudson-Odoi then makes way for Pulisic, which will hardly make Spurs feel encouraged about their prospects of avoiding further pressure.

That’s Tuchel’s second change, having been forced to replace Thiago Silva with Christensen earlier.

Chelsea threaten again as Rudiger finds himself the recipient of the corner at the far post, chesting the ball down neatly before seeing a low shot blocked on the turn. After that early surge from Spurs, their opponents are looking more likely to score again now. Just over an hour gone here.

Mount rampages forward from inside his own half, approaching the penalty area before sliding a measured pass into the path of Werner in front of goal. Aurier delivers a superb tackle to deflect the Germany striker’s effort over the bar, causing Tuchel to animatedly give Werner the thumbs up from the byline. That was close.

The Spurs man is on his haunches for a while, but returns to his feet. The tempo of the match has slowed somewhat, with Chelsea currently playing passes around inside the Tottenham half following a foul by Sissoko on Mount. Christensen sends a pass out of play, gifting the hosts a throw-in.

An overhead shot of Chelsea going ahead. Meanwhile, Tottenham’s Vinicius has just tried to burst through unsuccessfully deep in home territory and, at the other end, Hudson-Odoi has sent a low shot wide.

Alderweireld has his name taken for a heavy challenge on Mount near the halfway line. Without wishing to make this too meteorological, the weather conditions are hideous.

The hosts win an early corner after Davies darts forward and sends in a dangerous cross. Perhaps that’s a sign of some of the topics Mourinho wanted to discuss in the dressing room a few moments ago. They fail to threaten with the resulting set-piece, though.

There are some withering assessments currently taking place of a Spurs performance that’s been as much of a damp squib as the conditions here so far.

‘They are lucky the fans aren’t there,’ Rio Ferdinand tells BT Sport, adding that ‘they’d be booing’, in case anyone needed clarification on what the former England defender meant. Jermaine Jenas, meanwhile, reckons Tottenham look ‘scared’.

Betfair were offering 4/1 on Tottenham failing to win all of their Premier League matches before Harry Kane returns to a matchday league squad before kick-off. Good odds?

The half ends with Dier blocking a Mount shot when the midfielder was well placed inside the penalty area, which probably sums up the first half nicely.

Chelsea deservedly have the lead through that Jorginho penalty, and Mourinho marches down the tunnel at a rain-swept Tottenham Hotspur Stadium knowing that some tactical surgery may be required if his side are to turn this around.

As it stands, he’s on course to lose back-to-back home league games for the first time in his managerial career, while Chelsea will rise to sixth above Everton with a win.

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Aurier rises well inside the penalty area and heads an inviting cross from the right down and wide of Mendy’s left-hand post, holding his head in his hands after not hitting the target. That’s the sort of chance that Tottenham need to take advantage of, if we assume they’re going to continue being economical with their advances forward.

Here’s the challenge that led to the penalty through which Chelsea have the lead – not one of Dier’s finest moments. He’s just conceded a corner with a rather more measured interception, leading to Mount lofting possession over the bar when well placed on the right of the penalty area. Tuchel did not hesitate to show his frustration, gesticulating agitatedly on the touchline.

Glenn Hoddle cannot see Spurs prevailing if they carry on with these tactics. ‘You’d have thought Mourinho will have words at half-time,’ the former Blues boss tells BT Sport. ‘They’re not going to win the game playing like this.’

Jorginho might have been a little relieved there, the accuracy of the effort beating luckless Lloris. Meanwhile, Thiago Silva is receiving treatment on the pitch after stretching to cut out a pass here. The experienced defender appears to have signalled that he cannot continue, and is still lying prone.

There were questions over how Chelsea would fare when they faced better opposition under Tuchel, but the new boss is yet to see his side concede a goal after 210 minutes in charge. Tottenham haven’t shown many signs of hauling themselves back into this contest as they look to avoid their first defeat in a London derby this season.

Jorginho converts the penalty! It’s a close one, too, as the midfielder shows precision to find the corner, evading the dive of Lloris, who guesses correctly but can’t quite stop the shot to his right. 1-0!

Werner is clearly fouled by Dier inside the penalty area. Could this be the opener? Jorginho is the man with the responsibility…

It’s been reasonably absorbing so far between two sides with contrasting styles, although neither goalkeeper has really had cause to worry yet. Spurs’ pre-match price of 29/10 looks warranted, and you can find the latest odds at Betfair.

We scarcely need to articulate the attacking approach Spurs have adopted tonight. Ndombele is the man at the end of this counter, thrashing in a cross from just outside the penalty area on the left that he could just as easily have intended as a shot. Either way, there’s no element of alarm for goalkeeper Mendy, who claims with ease.

Referee Andre Mariner – appropriately named for the sodden conditions here – has just had to replace the match ball. On the touchline, Tuchel will be the happier of the two managers.

Chelsea win yet another corner after James swings in a tantalising cross from the left of the penalty area. Spurs clear again, and Tuchel is asking questions of his players on the touchline. He knows that Tottenham are poised to counter, as they have tried to do on each occasion when they have won possession deep so far.

Chelsea win another corner, this time on their left after a Hudson-Odoi strike from outside the penalty area to the right is deflected wide of the far post. As dominant as they have been in the opening exchanges, Tuchel’s team have done very little with their opportunities to cross so far.

Kovacic slightly overhits a pass to James down the right, but the full-back shows his pace to reach the ball just before it goes out. Davies, again, diverts the danger behind with a tackle, and Chelsea do little with the corner – although they do, at least, manage a cross this time. Spurs break in that whirlwind way that they enjoy, and Vinicius is thwarted on the approach to the opposition penalty area.

Son hurtles forward through the centre and finds Aurier on the edge of the box on the right. His teammate returns the pass to him outside the danger zone, and the South Korea magician fires in a low strike that’s easy for Lloris to take.

Mount finds space on the byline inside the penalty area on the right. Davies slides in to divert the cross behind, and Chelsea waste the corner, attempting a routine that only results in an offside flag. Still, they’ve made a bright start.

Mount curls the cross in from that free-kick, but it’s comfortably cleared by Spurs, who then win a free-kick of their own after a late challenge by James.

Chelsea immediately show their attacking intent, with Werner winning a free-kick after a clumsy challenge by Ndombele. The visitors’ reward is a chance to swing a cross in from inside the Tottenham half on the right.

Here’s Tottenham warming up a little earlier. They are the only Premier League side yet to lose a London derby this season, although they’ve drawn four of their five matches against near neighbours. Fancy another share of the spoils tonight? It’s 12/5 at Betfair.

Rio Ferdinand has just told BT Sport that he feels Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is being used by Tuchel as a wing-back, is one of the key beneficiaries of the new manager arriving.

Steve Sidwell, who’s with him, has pointed out that Chelsea have had more than 70 percent of possession in the coach’s two games so far. ‘What’s it going to be like when the opposition ask them questions defensively?’ he suggests.

As for tonight’s scorers, Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min is 6/1 to find the net first. Tuchel has kept faith with Werner for Chelsea after backing him in his post-match remarks on Sunday, and the Germany striker is 7/4 to reward his faith with a goal in 90 minutes. If you fancy Bale to score from the bench, the man we are duty-bound to describe as the Wales wizard is 3/1 to notch. Plenty more odds are available from Betfair.

Earlier we asked who scored the first goal when Tottenham beat Chelsea here 5-3 on New Year’s Day 2015. The answer was Diego Costa, who looked significantly happier than he did when former boss Mourinho substituted him in this picture. Danny Rose, Andros Townsend, Eden Hazard, John Terry and Nacer Chadli also joined the goals party that day.

One price catches the eye at the bookies ahead of the remainder of Tottenham’s season: Mourinho is odds-on to leave his position before the end of the season, with his departure before the culmination of the campaign available at 8/11. You can find the latest odds on Betfair.

Reece James replaces Tammy Abraham for the visitors. Kai Havertz isn’t in the squad. Confident, Chelsea fans?

Spurs boss Mourinho makes three changes from the side that lost 1-0 at Brighton on Sunday: Serge Aurier, Eric Dier and Carlos Vinicius replace Joe Rodon, Davinson Sanchez and Gareth Bale, who are all on the bench.

Thomas Tuchel could emulate Jose Mourinho tonight by becoming the first Chelsea boss since the Portuguese to record clean sheets in each of his first three league games. Mourinho managed the feat in 2004.

Neck and neck in the league table, here’s how these teams line up tonight…

Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele, Bergwijn, Son, Vinicius

Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Thiago Silva, James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso, Mount, Werner, Hudson-Odoi

Any surprises for you in there?

Hakim Ziyech put Ajax 3-0 up in the tie before the Dutch giants lost that epic Champions League semi-final against Spurs in 2019.

‘I think you will see a Chelsea that attacks more and controls the game more,’ says the Blues playmaker, who took part in the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture.

‘That’s what we’ve tried to do in the last two games, to play with possession and from there try to attack a lot.

‘When we played them last time, it was against a team that really played on the counter with quick people on the sides but really staying compact so there was not a lot of space for us. It then is the job to keep the ball and let the ball do the work, move it quick and in the end spaces will come.’

Harry Kane scored twice for Tottenham as they beat Chelsea 5-3 here in a Premier League classic on New Year’s Day 2015. Can you name the first scorer in that match? Clue: he played for the visitors.

There’s a risk that Tottenham will end tonight having lost back-to-back home league matches against Chelsea for the first time since a run of three defeats between 2004 and 2005. The man in charge of Chelsea at that time? Current Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, pictured here with the Blues’ recently-departed manager, Frank Lampard.


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