So much hype, so little substance that would be the appropriate statement for the anticipated London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham. The last time these two clubs met at White Hart Lane, it ended with a 5-3 victory for Tottenham but this match was a far cry from the craziness witnessed on New Year’s Day last year.
Footballing purists might have found the game to be alright; after all two teams with many star players cancelled each other out in a goalless draw. It is also a measure of how far Tottenham have come that they were favourites to win this tie despite playing on Thursday in the Europa League and the fatigue from a log trip to Azerbaijan showed.
Chelsea’s worst start to a Premier League campaign seems to have hit a mini revival and this was the first clean sheet the Blues have had away from home. Though they also have fallen off the pace in the league, this result could well give them a bit of momentum for the rest of the season.
We look back at the tepid London derby and provide the five talking points from the game.
Tottenham continue their unbeaten run
That defeat to Manchester United seems to have taken place so long. Tottenham were the favourites to win the game and would be disappointed with the draw. They couldn’t really do much in the game but were able to negate Chelsea. This was a tie that Tottenham never really did well in and getting a point would be seen as a positive, hopefully, Pochettino can rally his troops for the rest of the league season and they should challenge for a top four finish if things continue this way.