2020-21 English Premier League

Tottenham frustrate Chelsea in goalless draw to go top

Tottenham Hotspur held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to go top of the Premier League on goal difference.

In a very tight affair, Spurs were happy to sit back and soak up pressure but Chelsea failed to find the breakthrough.

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United States international Christian Pulisic returned from injury as a second-half substitute for Chelsea who remain in third place in the table.

"The one thing I take from the game is that a draw in here normally is a positive result," Mourinho said after the match..

"To stay top of the league with that result is also a positive thing. The best thing I take from the game is that the dressing room is not happy, we are not happy. That for me is fantastic, it's a complete change of mentality."

Steven Bergwijn had the first chance in the opening 10 minutes after he got on the end of a swift counterattack but blazed his shot over the bar.

Timo Werner found the back of the net a minute later with a curling shot but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside.

Spurs started to take control of the first half from that moment and Serge Aurier's long-range shot was smartly saved by Edouard Mendy.

The first-half ended goalless as the visitors restricted Chelsea to just two shots inside the area.

Chelsea had a few opportunities to score after the hour mark but Tammy Abraham and Hakim Ziyech missed from close range.

Mason Mount almost scored in the final 10 minutes but Hugo Lloris produced a fine save down low.

In stoppage time, Chelsea substitute Olivier Giroud was unable to capitalise on a headed back-pass error by defender Joe Rodon, who was otherwise impeccable on his Spurs debut, as the striker hit a tame shot straight at his Lloris.

Then it was Tottenham's turn to miss a chance to win when substitute Giovani Lo Celso shot over in the final seconds.

A goalless draw was perhaps no surprise since both teams have focused on tightening up their defences, with each conceding only one goal in their previous four league games after some leaky performances earlier in the season.

"Points are crucial and neither team wanted to give the other side any points," Ben Chilwell told Sky Sports.

"We'd have loved to win the game at Stamford Bridge against our rivals but we needed to keep a clean sheet."

Information from Reuters was included in this report.

English Premier League Standings

1 Manchester City 38 +51 86
2 Manchester United 38 +29 74
3 Liverpool 38 +26 69
4 Chelsea 38 +22 67
5 Leicester City 38 +18 66
6 West Ham United 38 +15 65
7 Tottenham Hotspur 38 +23 62
8 Arsenal 38 +16 61
9 Leeds United 38 +8 59
10 Everton 38 -1 59
11 Aston Villa 38 +9 55
12 Newcastle United 38 -16 45
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 -16 45
14 Crystal Palace 38 -25 44
15 Southampton 38 -21 43
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -6 41
17 Burnley 38 -22 39
18 Fulham 38 -26 28
19 West Bromwich Albion 38 -41 26
20 Sheffield United 38 -43 23