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How Spurs Fail to Bridge Blues Gap

Chelsea defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to snap a four-game losing streak in the Premier League (PL). This was Chelsea's first PL quadruple since 2001/02.

In the first half, Spurs' chances were few and far between thanks to Antonio Conte's strategy to keep out his former employers and prevent a fourth loss to the Blues in 2021/22. Hakim Ziyech and Mason Mount had a key role in stifling Romelu Lukaku's creativity and making the hosts ineffective, thanks to Pierre-Emile Hjbjerg and Ben Davies.

This resulted in controversies being the main topic of conversation, as they have been in previous London derbies. The first came after Matt Doherty's late stamp on Malang Sarr midway through the first half, but a VAR check found no wrongdoing by the Irishman. The visitors' second goal was controversially chalked off for a foul just minutes before the break. He was caught out by Ryan Sessegnon's pass to Harry Kane, but Thiago Silva took advantage of a slight shove from Kane by falling to the ground to win a penalty. Play was halted by referee Paul Tierney, and the score remained 0-0 at halftime.

The final scare was enough to wake Chelsea up, and they responded with two sucker-punch goals at the beginning of the second half. A beautiful curling strike from Hakim Ziyech and a glancing header from a free-kick from Alexis Sanchez put the Belgians ahead against Tottenham and made him the joint oldest player to score in the Premier League alongside Ryan Giggs, who is 37 years and 123 days old.

As they did against Leicester on Wednesday, Spurs were unable to mount a comeback after feeling aggrieved by the decision made at the end of the first half. As a result, they suffered yet another away defeat to their rivals. After three draws and a loss, Thomas Tuchel's side have won their last two games to go nine points clear of Manchester United, who are currently in fourth place.

Hakim Ziyech is the FlashScore Player of the Match (Chelsea)

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