By now, the Blues were clearly enjoying themselves, and pushing for another goal before the break. Lukaku couldn’t have gone much closer to finding it at the end of a slick counter-attack, started by another interception by Alonso before Havertz spread play across the pitch to Ziyech. Lukaku met his cross well and glanced a header down across goal, but it bounced a whisker wide of the post, meaning we had to settle for a two-goal lead at half-time.
Change of personnel and momentum
Both managers made a substitution during the interval, and for Tuchel it looked like another one which had been forced on him by injury, as Havertz didn’t return from the changing room and was replaced by Timo Werner, the latter making his first appearance since mid-December after a spell out with Covid.
Tottenham tried to come out of the blocks fast in the second half, though, as Azpilicueta and Saul – who was enjoying comfortably his best performance in a Chelsea shirt so far – had to be alert in our box to head clear early crosses.
That early attempt by Spurs to impose themselves on the game, or at all after the first half, resulted in their first shot on goal after nearly 50 minutes, when Kane drove a low free-kick from a central position, but Kepa was more than equal to the task, stretching low to save on his right-hand side.
The game was now looking far more open and even, but we were still keeping up our end. In fact, Ziyech will probably feel he should have done better with his chance after Werner charged inside with a good run and fed Lukaku on the edge, who helped it on to Ziyech, but our No22 couldn’t get his body around the ball and his shot was too close to Lloris to trouble the France keeper.