London: Chelsea have moved up to number one in the Premier League after a long absence. In the fifth match played yesterday, the Blues defeated Tottenham by three goals.
Other matches have been won by Manchester United, Arsenal and Aston Villa. Manchester United beat West Ham, Arsene Burnley and Aston Villa beat Everton 1-0.
No goals were scored in the first half as both teams defended each other. But with three goals in the second half, Chelsea are making a strong comeback in the new season. Thiago Silva (49), Ngolo Conte (57) and Antonio Rudiger (92) scored the goals.
Chelsea’s best chance in the first 45 minutes fell to Mason Mount, who ran the length of the pitch after winning the ball in his own half, but the England midfielder scuffed his shot from six yards out after playing a one-two with Lukaku.
It was Mount’s withdrawal at half-time that changed Chelsea’s system and the introduction of Kante was the catalyst for Chelsea’s dominant second-half display.
Chelsea were undoubtedly the better team after the break and two minutes after the restart, a superb ball from Silva found Alonso, but the Spaniard’s goal-bound volley was tipped over by Hugo Lloris.
Alonso repaid the favour not long after, with his brilliant delivery from the corner finding the Brazilian, who rose above Dele Alli to head in the opener.
Twelve minutes into the second half, Tuchel’s side had a firm grip on the game after Kante’s long-range effort took a big deflection off Eric Dier and went in off the post.
No team has managed more shots on target in a Premier League match this season than Chelsea did against Tottenham, with all 10 coming in the second half.
Lloris was probably Spurs’ best player as he kept a respectable scoreline, but he was eventually beaten for a third time when substitute Werner picked out Rudiger in the box, allowing the German to drill the ball into the bottom left corner.
There are pleasing signs for Tuchel that his side managed such a comfortable win without any goals from his forwards.
The German said his side still aren’t at their best – a stark warning to the teams expected to be challenging for the title come May.
After winning their opening three Premier League games, it is now back-to-back 3-0 defeats for Spurs, who have scored just one goal from open play this season.
Following a difficult Europa Conference League draw against Rennes on Thursday, Spurs started the game full of energy and showed their attacking intent from the first whistle.
Nuno’s side were buoyed by the return of Son Heung-min, who returned to the squad after missing two games with a calf strain.
The South Korean was at the heart of Spurs’ early chances and it was he who managed the only shot on target in the first half.
After being played in by Giovani Lo Celso, Son beat Alonso, but his shot was blocked as he collided with Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga who was off his line.
But Chelsea were resolute and difficult to break down. After the break it was one-way traffic as Chelsea grew into the game and a flat Spurs side looked lethargic after going behind.
Arsenal beat Burnley 1-0 in the third leg. Martin Odeguard scored in the 30th minute. In another match, Aston Villa defeated Everton by three goals to nothing. Mattie Cash (66) and Lyon Bailey (75) scored the goals. Lucas Digne’s own goal (69) was enough for Everton.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal for Manchester United in the 35th minute. The second goal was scored by Jesse Lingard in the 89th minute. Seidi Bentahma (30) scored the consolation goal for West Ham.