Six things you may have missed as Chelsea ease to win over Tottenham

Chelsea climbed to the top of the Premier League after two goals in eight minutes helped them ease to a 3-0 win over Tottenham.

The two sides cancelled each other out in a goalless first half before Blues defender Thiago Silva broke the deadlock with a thumping header just minutes after the interval.

A deflected strike from N'golo Kante doubled Chelsea's lead not long after and was followed by a late strike from Antonio Rudiger to seal the points for Thomas Tuchel's side.

The result leaves Nuno Espirito Santo's side in seventh spot after back-to-back league defeats.

Here, Daily Star Sport takes a closer look at you may have missed during the clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Tottenham still feeling the Blues

Spurs have had a wretched league record against their London rivals over the past few years.

November 2018 was the last time they managed to beat Chelsea in the Premier League, with goals from Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min securing a 3-1 win back at their then-temporary home of Wembley.

Spurs have been frustrated in the six meetings since then.

It always looked a tall ask for them to change that following the eight-minute spell that saw Thiago and Kante fire the Blues ahead.

Chelsea's impressive second half show ensured that the wait for Tottenham to amend their derby day blues against their west London neighbours goes on.

Nuno's attacking approach

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Despite his reputation for favouring a pragmatic approach, Spurs boss Nuno elected to spring a tactical surprise by

The hosts pressed high and aggressively, deploying a front three to match up against Chelsea's three-man defence, with Harry Kane playing directly on top of Andreas Christensen.

That approach saw them register five attempts on goal in the opening half an hour as they tried to blitz the Blues rock-solid rearguard.

But despite penning Chelsea back, they failed to find a breakthrough and paid the price when the Blues put their foot on the accelerator early in the second half.

Defence is the best form of attack

Tuchel's side have earned plenty of plaudits for their defensive record since the German took charge.

No side in Europe has racked up more than the 24 clean sheets that Tuchel has overseen at Stamford Bridge.

But in a weird twist of fate, three of the players who contribute to their defensive stability more than most were on the scoresheet in north London.

Thiago and Kante's quickfire goals at the start of the second period put the game beyond Spurs, before Rudiger's late strike. The defensive trio then combined to snuff out any hopes their opponents may have had of a comeback.

By finding the net, Thiago also becomes the Blues' second oldest scorer in the Premier League – just behind Stamford Bridge legend Didier Drogba.

Lukaku's derby difference

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Romelu Lukaku bullied the Arsenal defence in Chelsea's 2-0 derby win last month, with the Belgian striker notching the opener on his second Blues debut.

But he was kept quiet by the Spurs defence in the first half, despite Eric Dier's complaints to referee Paul Tierney over the ex-Inter Milan star's physicality.

The Belgian had just 14 touches of the ball in the opening period – by far the fewest of any outfield player on the pitch.

He did however come to life in the second period as Spurs chased the game when behind.

Lukaku may have failed to add to his tally of four goals in as many appearances at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but he's already looking every inch the elite striker that boss Tuchel craved.

Continental clash

Summer signing Cristian Romero was handed his first Premier League start by Nuno for the derby clash with Chelsea.

In doing so, it brought an intriguing continental clash to north London – as Romero, last year's Serie A Defender of the Year, came face to face with Lukaku, who was second in the scoring charts in Italy last term.

Romero and his defensive partner, Dier, managed to keep the Belgian hitman silent for the first half.

But Lukaku had the last laugh after the Blues blew their hosts away after the break to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Kepa's rare opportunity

Kepa Arrizabalaga was handed a rare chance to impress for Chelsea in the absence of usual goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

The Spaniard had started in the league just three times in 2021 before Sunday's game, with the most recent being the 1-0 loss to Arsenal at the end of last season.

Despite that, Kepa has impressed during his recent appearances for Tuchel's side – he was Chelsea's hero after being introduced from the bench for the penalty shootout win over Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup last month.

Mendy was sidelined for the derby clash after picking up a knock in the 1-0 with Zenit.St Petersburg.

It remains to be seen if Kepa's run in the team will be more long-term or just a cameo, but he did his chances of an extended run in the team no harm with a composed display.

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