As Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho oversaw a closely fought 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea and Tottenham struggled to completely capitalize on Liverpool’s slip-up.
Spurs should have pushed two points ahead of the Reds at the top of the Premier League with Liverpool pegged back by Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. Chelsea also vied for pole position, playing the 1,000th game of the Roman Abramovich era.
Yet after a promising start in the London derby on Sunday, with a goal disallowed by Timo Werner, neither side could make the breakthrough in what was an encounter short of obvious opportunities.
For the first time since September 2019, aiming to score in three straight Premier League matches, Tammy Abraham missed three presentable chances as Chelsea got the best of the second half, with Olivier Giroud still fluffing his lines late as the points were shared.
In the opening minutes, Hakim Ziyech sent a half-volley into the gloves of Hugo Lloris, but when Harry Kane slipped into Steven Bergwijn, who drilled over, Spurs displayed their threat on the counter.
Two minutes later, Chelsea mounted a quick break of their own-Werner finishing off the right-hand upright in stunning fashion-but the offside flag spared Spurs.
Then Edouard Mendy made a good saving from Tottenham’s full-back Serge Aurier, but in what became a cagey first half, the shot was the second of just two attempts on goal.
In the 48th minute, with Reece James shooting a genius cross at Abraham, Chelsea got behind Spurs’ line, who struggled to make solid contact with his header.
Moments later, before he struggled to tuck in from Werner’s precision execution, Abraham lost a near-identical shot.
With nine minutes to go, Mason Mount had a long-range shot held off while Abraham’s substitute Giroud had the best opportunity of the closing stages, only to directly lobby French compatriot Lloris for a tame attempt.