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Result: Tottenham Hotspur rise to the summit courtesy of draw with Chelsea

:Headline: Result: Tottenham Hotspur rise to the summit courtesy of draw with Chelsea:
Chelsea could not convert any of their chances as Jose Mourinho's men did enough to move up a place to first.
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Tottenham climbed back to the top of the Premier League table by grinding out a turgid goalless draw at Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho’s men created no genuine chances but the wily Portuguese boss will hardly care about any lack of excitement on a relatively profitable Stamford Bridge return.

Spurs sat deep in two stodgy wedges, with Mourinho positively goading his former Chelsea player Frank Lampard to unpick the visitors’ defensive lock.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard cut a frustrated figure on the touchline (Justin Tallis/PA)

Try as they might however, the Blues could not convert what chances they were able to create.

Hakim Ziyech was left with the most to rue, having blazed over from the penalty spot with time to pick his finish after Ben Chilwell’s inviting cross.

Timo Werner had the ball in the net just 11 minutes in, only for the offside flag to deny the deadly Chelsea striker.

And so Chelsea missed their own chance to top the table, having to settle instead for extending their unbeaten streak to 14 matches in all competitions.

Werner conjured a sumptuous finish early on as Chelsea opened up Spurs on the break, only for the offside flag to thwart the Germany hitman.

The battling Tammy Abraham pilfered the ball on halfway and Mount set Werner free on the inside left.

Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is helped by Mason Mount as he leaves the pitch after picking up an injury (Clive Rose/PA)

Two touches and Werner had the ball in the net, but his effort was quickly chalked off.

Edouard Mendy palmed away well from a low Serge Aurier drive as Spurs found their feet.

But genuine chances proved few and far between in an ultra-cagey first half.

Tottenham’s low block left Chelsea struggling to draw Mourinho’s regimented men out of their well-honed shape.

And so Spurs would have been the happier to turn around with the game goalless.

Chelsea’s tempo and rhythm improved after the break, with Reece James to the fore and Ziyech increasingly influential.

Twice the Blues worked James free for first-time crosses, but on neither occasion could Abraham reach the teasing centres.

Abraham also failed to reach a smart cross from Werner, as Chelsea ground on in search of cracking Spurs’ defensive regimen.

Ziyech spurned perhaps the best chance of the half when blasting over after receiving Chilwell’s low cross.

Chilwell raced forward to pinch the ball and showed impressive presence of mind to cut low into the middle for the lurking Ziyech.

Hakim Ziyech and Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon battle at Stamford Bridge (Matthew Childs/PA)

The Morocco winger set himself nicely with his first touch, but then undid all that good work by firing into the stands.

A visibly frustrated Mount unleashed plenty of pent-up aggression on a rasping drive, only to see Hugo Lloris tip his 18-yard effort around the post.

Chelsea threw the fit-again Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz and the in-form Olivier Giroud off the bench in a final attempt to break the stalemate.

But Tottenham held out, sending Mourinho’s men top and leaving Lampard and company decidedly underwhelmed.

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1Manchester UnitedMan Utd19124336251140
2Manchester CityMan City18115231131838
3Leicester CityLeicester19122535211438
4Liverpool1997337221534
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11Aston Villa1682629181126
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17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton193882229-717
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20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd1912161032-225
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