Tottenham Hotspur enhanced their Premier League title aspirations with a 2-0 victory against London rivals Chelsea on Sunday.
Only seconds into the second half, Oliver Skipp scored at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and Harry Kane tapped home late on to extend Chelsea’s losing streak to six games. Graham Potter’s team has only won one of their past 11 games in all competitions.
“The results for Chelsea are not good enough,” Potter told Sky Sports.
“I accept all responsibility for such outcomes. “I believe the guys gave it their all; it’s just that the goal alters the complexion of the game, which made things tough for us.” You can’t count on support forever if the outcomes aren’t good enough, which they aren’t right now.”
A poor first half was marred by controversy when Hakim Ziyech was awarded a red card after an argument with Emerson Royal.
The card was shown after Ziyech was believed to have hit the face of Royal, but referee Stuart Attwell reversed the red for a yellow after examining the monitor.
Skipp scored his first Spurs goal in breathtaking manner 19 seconds into the second half, capping up an entertaining first half.
After the kick-off, the hosts surged forward, and Royal challenged Kepa with a low shot. Enzo Fernandez’s bungled save only got Skipp outside the box, where his piledriver was palmed onto the crossbar and in by the Chelsea goalkeeper.
To deny Kai Havertz halfway through the second half, Spurs had to depend on a superb stop by stand-in goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Kane sealed the win eight minutes from time, tucking home at the far post after Eric Dier’s flicked header from a corner.
“Our aim was… to win, play a fantastic game, and battle for every ball,” Spurs assistant coach Cristian Stellini said, standing in for Antonio Conte, who is recuperating from surgery.
Stellini informed the BBC that Conte was likely to return this week.
Chelsea remain 10th in the Premier League standings, one point ahead of Aston Villa on goal difference, while Spurs move four points clear of fifth-placed Newcastle.