Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Tottenham was courtesy of goals from Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, and Antonio Rudiger in the second half.
Jimmy Greaves, Tottenham Hotspur’s record goalscorer following a prolific career with Chelsea, was remembered before kick-off at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after he passed away at the age of 81.
Two clubs Greaves served so magnificently met on the day of his passing – and Chelsea came out on top courtesy of a stellar second-half performance.
Silva headed Thomas Tuchel’s side in front, Kante’s deflected shot doubled their lead, and Rudiger scored in stoppage time to put them top of the Premier League, though they are level with Liverpool and Manchester United on thirteen points.
Tottenham led after a rapturous minute of applause for 1966 World Cup winner Greaves, but it was Chelsea who created the first real chance.
Emerson Royal blocked Mason Mount’s shot after the England midfielder had played a one-two with Romelu Lukaku. Tottenham were caught out by a blistering break.
During an entertaining first half, Rudiger prevented Sergio Reguilon from picking out Giovani Lo Celso for an easy tap-in, and Son Heung-min’s touch let him down when he was played through, although he may have been offside.
Chelsea took the lead four minutes after the break, Marcos Alonso whipping in a corner that Silva met with a downward header from Kante.
The European champions were dominant in the opening half, with Eric Dier clearing a close-range volley from the unmarked Alonso off the line after Cesar Azpilicueta picked out his wing-back.
Fortunately for Chelsea, Kante’s shot took a large deflection off Dier to give Lloris no chance after 57 minutes.
The Germany forward missed the chance to add a third Chelsea goal when he got the ball stuck under his feet after Lukaku slipped him in, before Lloris denied him amid panic in the Spurs area.
Despite failing to beat Lloris from a tight angle with Spurs on the ropes, Rudiger added insult to injury in stoppage time by heading home Werner’s pass with his right foot.