Tottenham Hotspur Stifled By Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur Stifled By Chelsea

Chelsea andTottenham played out a goalless draw which will do little to kick-start the Barclays Premier League champions' season.

Diego Costa was an unused substitute as Jose Mourinho lost patience with the striker, but Chelsea's second away win of the season remained elusive as Tottenham extended their unbeaten run to 13 games.

Both sides had returned from lengthy European trips, with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino describing the noon kick-off as a "joke" following Thursday night's 2,500-mile flight from Azerbaijan.

Fluency was lacking in an at-times scrappy contest which lacked moments of real quality.

Hugo Lloris made a fine save to deny Eden Hazard a first goal of the season after Son Heung-min had spurned the best opportunity of the first half following Harry Kane's cross.

Mourinho will be grateful for a fourth Premier League clean sheet of the season, particularly in the absence of captain John Terry (ankle) and at a venue where Chelsea lost 5-3 on New Year's Day.

That defeat drew Manchester City level with the Blues at the top of the table, but Chelsea won the title at a canter with a fine second half of the season.

Mourinho's men are now 14 points behind leaders City and need an unprecedented run just to break into the European places.

Spurs' unbeaten streak, since the opening-day loss at Manchester United, is their longest since a 14-match run between November 1984 and March 1985.


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