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Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham: 5 talking points as Hakim Ziyech shines but Spurs earn draw


The Blues took a two-goal lead through a Ziyech brace before goals from Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn earned Spurs a draw

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Chelsea and a Harry Kane-less Tottenham shared the points in an entertaining 2-2 friendly draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

The Blues were totally dominant in the first-half, and took the lead after 16 minutes when Lucas Moura was robbed in the centre of the park by N’golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech strode forward to fire a fierce low strike past Spurs debutant Pierluigi Gollini.

And the Dutchman did it again early in the second-half, shooting into the corner on the half-turn to put his side in complete control.

But Spurs fought back, and gave themselves hope when Moura’s effort was deflected off Kurt Zouma and looped over Edouard Mendy.

And Steven Bergwijn grabbed an equaliser just minutes later as he slotted the ball through the Blues ‘keeper’s legs.

Here are five talking points from an intriguing clash in the capital…

Two rivals are light years apart








Chelsea paraded the Champions League trophy before the game
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There was a time in the not-too-distant past when Spurs and Chelsea were battling for the league title and were the two best teams in the country.

Now, through a combination of wise spending and ruthless decision-making from Chelsea’s side and hesitance and frugality from Spurs, the two have never looked further apart.

The Blues rubbed their London rivals’ noses in it when they paraded the Champions League trophy in front of them ahead of kick-off.





And they then went on to begin to batter the old enemy on the pitch to the glee of their home fans, exemplifying the vast chasm between them despite it ‘only’ being a friendly.

To give Spurs credit they did fight back, although they looked as surprised as anyone to get a draw despite being largely out-played.

Nuno Espirito Santo does have players to come back (not only you-know-who), and look likely to spend further money in the transfer window.

But the difference in strength in depth and tactical know-how between the two teams has been truly laid bare, and it could be quite a while before Spurs are competing with their cross-city neighbours again.

Ziyech ready to explode








Hakim Ziyech opened the scoring in tonight’s friendly
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It’s fair to say that Ziyech’s first season at Stamford Bridge was acceptable without being spectacular.

The former Ajax winger showed glimpses of brilliance but still only managed 23 Premier League appearances, and never managed to really build any consistency in his performances.

He has even been linked with a move away after just one season, with Olivier Giroud recently urging the 28-year-old to join him at AC Milan.

But judging by his performance tonight, Ziyech is going nowhere.

He was brilliant, scoring a superb opener and then adding another with a smart finish in the second-half, and he constantly taunted and teased a bewildered-looking Sergio Reguilon.

There will certainly continue to be competition for places, but do not be surprised to see Ziyech’s Chelsea career well and truly take off in the new season.

Can Son step up?








Son Heung-min barely got a sniff at Stamford Bridge
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If Kane does move on, Son will undoubtedly replace him as the darling of the Spurs faithful.

However, there will be question-marks over whether the South Korean has what it takes to step up to the mantel and deal with such responsibility, especially given how it was Kane who consistently got the best out of him.

Although he is capable of tearing teams apart, Son does have a tendency to go missing now and again, and in the last campaign he scored just once in 15 appearances in a spell between mid-January and early April.

Tonight he looked more like that player than the one who bagged 17 times in the Premier League, and the worry for Spurs will be where they find goals if he goes on another one of those barren streaks.

He could have big shoes to step into – and they may prove to be too large to fill.

Kante reigns supreme








N’Golo Kante looked like he had never been away
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Did you think that at the age of 30 Kante may be getting past his best?

Think again.

The Frenchman was back to his delicious best tonight, and had a big part to play in the opening goal with his perfectly-timed tackle on Moura setting up Ziyech.

And he pulled out the party tricks too, at one point nutmegging an embarrassed-looking Dele to almighty cheers from the Stamford Bridge crowd.

In typical Kante fashion he was simply everywhere, and looked just as fit as he always does despite this being pre-season.

If he keeps this up in the new campaign, it will take a hell of a team to finish above the Blues.

Nuno’s Dele dilemma








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The schooling he was given by Kante tonight summed up Dele and his dramatic decline in recent years.

With Jose Mourinho gone, there were hopes that we would see the mercurial talent of old re-appear within Dele again.

But so far his showings have barely improved, and new manager Nuno now has a big decision to make over how much faith to put in the player.

Does he give him the opportunity to show what he can do in the early Premier League games, or cut his losses and accept he will never be the exciting talent he once was?

It is undoubtedly one of the biggest decisions of his managerial reign so far.









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