|Chelsea and Tottenham played out a dull goalless draw at White Hart Lane in Sunday’s midday kick off.|
Heung-Min Son and Eden Hazard had the best two chances of the first half, but both players were unable to steer their headers into the net.
There was very little to report on in the second half but Jose Mourinho’s side were vastly improved in defence from the side that has struggled for so much of this season.
The draw means Tottenham miss the opportunity to go one point behind leaders Manchester City, while the Blues remain in 15th.
It was a poor start to the game with neither side managing to break through the other’s defence, but it was Chelsea who got a foothold in the match first.
Oscar had the ball on the right and whipped in a deep cross on to the head of Hazard – who started in the ‘false 9’ position after Diego Costa was dropped – but the Belgian could not direct the ball on target.
Minutes later Pedro went even closer when he cut in from the left and fired a rocket of a shot towards Hugo Lloris’ goal but it went an inch over the bar.
Spurs’ best chance of the half came after some great work from Harry Kane as the Englishman’s cross found Son, but the former Bayer Leverkusen forward headed straight at Asmir Begovic.
Things threatened to boil over as Tottenham full backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker were both booked for crunching challenges but the sides went into the break with the score goalless.
The second half was even less inspiring than the first with the first shot on goal coming in the 62nd minute when Son linked well with Erik Lamela, who came on for the injured Ryan Mason, before stabbing the ball at Begovic.
Chelsea had a great chance to take the lead with 20 minutes remaining when Branislav Ivanovic picked out the much-improved Hazard who fired a stunning volley from a tight angle but Lloris was equal to it.
Pedro and Hazard pushed to grab a late winner but ultimately it was a game for the defenders as neither back four would budge with the match ending goalless.
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