Not exactly a 'White Heat' sort of game Mr. Cagney
But at least we made it back to the top of the League, 'Ma'
We're getting quite good at this: playing the odds, keeping clean sheets, denying our rivals the oxygen of success and staying on top of the league for yet another week. It was all a bit dour and it could have gone either way but there was little goalmouth excitement until the end.
Giroud who has been our nemesis in the past was presented with a very late chance by a weak back-header by Joe Rodon but failed to lob it over the advancing Lloris. Lo Celso in the final minutes couldn't quite decide what to do with the ball and opted for prodding it wide.
Otherwise Lloris made a top class save from Mount and Werner had a goal chalked off for offside. Son shone (sorry) more in defence than attack and Harry Kane hardly saw the Chelsea goal though he too worked hard.
Nevertheless it was an absorbing game without too many heart-stopping moments. Shhh! Whisper it softly, I could be getting used to this tactical game plan and Rodon certainly gives us more defensive options. Reguilón too gives us attacking options out of defence.
Rodon qualified for his Senior Soccer Badge with an assured performance apart from the first ten minutes when he was understandably uncertain at times and the final minutes when it could all have gone disastrously wrong but thankfully didn't.
Ndombele was outstanding until he tired, Aurier is back in everyone's good books. Dier set his new partner a bad example with some careless passing but they both survived the early jitters. Bergwijn, and Moura later, played their covering roles well but neither posed a threat to a composed Chelsea defence.
Hojbjerg was strong and Sissoko again covered up the gaps which was his prime task but attempted very little with the ball. Bale was saved for another day. Dele wasn't even on the bench.
The game plan was predictable and Chelsea made a better job of restricting our attack than City. Abrahams had an off day, failing to connect with two fine crosses by James. We didn't turn the Chelsea defence once.
So it ran out a goal-less draw and our 2 point lead on Chelsea was preserved. However by the time we play Arsenal next weekend we could be 2nd. Leicester lost at home to Fulham which severely dents their challenge. Chelsea could go above us if they beat Leeds.
José succeeded in raining on Abramovich's 1.000 game parade and he said the pressure was on the home side to make up the gap which we prevented them from doing. On the day none of their new stars, Ziyeck, Havertz, Pulisic or Werner found room to shine.
José denied that we were contenders or even in the race and that he was disappointed with the draw as we came to win. Just a shame he didn't impart this information to the team. They thought they'd come for a point and they weren't far wrong.
We were mere 'ponies in a horse race'. At least he didn't say 'donkeys'. He was clearly delighted quite rightly with our current form and performances. I'm with James Cagney: 'Top of the league Ma!'.
Our 4th straight clean sheet and our 9th. consecutive game unbeaten. We failed to score for the first since the opening game of the season.The first game in 6 league matches that neither Son nor Harry have scored
Our record at the Bridge is appalling with one win in 35 games. But this was not the game to risk all.
Europa League game 5. Away to Lask this Thursday 3rd December at 5.55pm.
Premier League. The North London Derby. Home to Arsenal on Sunday 6th.December at 4.30 pm.
Jimmy's Video spot.
Stretching it a bit to say we are not happy with the draw. Who's he kidding? 'If we don't win, we are not going to lose' José's and now Spurs philosophy in a nutshell.I would have taken a draw before the game and I am content to take this one after.