Spurs back on top after Chelsea draw

English Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur returned to top spot in the Premier League with a goalless draw against Chelsea on Sunday evening.

A full Premier League debut for Joe Rodon signalled out Spurs’ starting eleven from their win over Manchester City, whereas Chelsea went with the same side that overcame Newcastle United.

Early forays from Jose Mourinho’s side found Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane with the latter playing in Steven Bergwijn, who curled over the top after bringing possession in his stride.

Chelsea went ahead on 11 minutes through a smart finish from the left inside-channel by Timo Werner, but the celebrations were cut short with the German caught offside.

Serge Aurier burst beyond the Blues defence minutes later from a probing ball to bring goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to a quick palm following a thumping effort from a promising position.

The Blues finished the first half the strongest right before the half-hour mark, as Mason Mount beat Moussa Sissoko to possession to race goal-wards before firing over after carving an angle.

Chelsea made an energetic start to the second half, with Werner volleying off target from a ball on the right before a glancing header from Tammy Abraham flew across the far post.

Ben Chilwell was next to close-in for the home side minutes later after meeting a floating ball from the left-side, but nodded over from the far side.

Spurs were the first to make a substitution following the midway stage in the second half, as Giovani Lo Celso entered ahead of Tanguy Ndombele.

The contest became evenly poised as the closing stages approached, though Mount put Hugo Lloris to full stretch with a powerful shot outside the area.

Despite the best efforts of Olivier Giroud and Lo Celso in stoppage time, the two sides played to a goalless draw as the Blues missed out on top spot.