Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s 0-0 result away to Chelsea

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham managed to secure a point away to Chelsea this evening, seeing out a 0-0 bore draw at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho’s old stomping ground.

Let’s take a look at five things we learned from the match:

Mourinho wanted a point – I think it was very clear to anyone watching that Spurs were set up to defend, win a point and look ahead to their next match, nothing more. They barely even looked set up to break away, with the pace of Son mainly acting as a wing-back all evening.

Top of the league – Despite not winning the game, Spurs still remain top of the league, overtaking Liverpool again on goal difference at the summit.

Flip of a coin – It was a different kind of performance today when compared to the Man City game. You never felt as though Spurs were in as much defensive control as last week. The kind of performance that you’re happy with if it’s 0-0, but frustrated with if you lose 1-0.

Debut for Rodon – Summer signing, Joe Rodon was given his full debut today against Chelsea. Unfortunately, seeing as he is not in the squad, he has been unable to build up minutes in the Europa League since joining, so he was really thrown in at the deep end today. He looked very nervy at the start of the game but grew into it well, winning some nice headers and interceptions.

Aurier winning the battle – It may be too early to tell, and Mourinho will likely chop and change a lot, but I get the feeling that Serge Aurier is surprisingly winning the battle to become Tottenham’s first-choice right-back. It seems as if Jose has beaten the defensive lapses out of him, while hanging onto the offensive potency. Could be an interesting one to keep an eye on.

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