Chelsea 2 Spurs 1: Match Report and initial reaction (Moses and Pedro complete comeback to take top spot)

Chelsea came from behind to seal their seventh Premier League win in a row after securing a hard-fought 2-1 victory against London rivals Tottenham on Saturday.

Antonio Conte’s men went behind to Christian Eriksen’s 11th-minute goal and despite the hosts playing second fiddle to Spurs for most of the first half, they got back into the contest through Pedro’s superb strike just before the break.

Victor Moses then sealed Chelsea’s comeback shortly after the break when he fired in Diego Costa’s pass to send Chelsea back into top spot in the Premier League standings.

Despite the end scoreline, Spurs looked a completely different side to the one that lost to Monaco in the Champions League in midweek, a result that saw the north Londoners exit the competition at the group-stage hurdle.

Pochettino’s men – missing the injured Toby Alderweireld, Ben Davies and Erik Lamela and the suspended Danny Rose – sent Chelsea a warning sign early on when Harry Kane had a goal disallowed for offside from an Eriksen free kick.

But it wasn’t long before the visitors took the lead through the Spurs playmaker.

Dele Alli was the man who created the goal after he eased past Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz to set up Eriksen, who subsequently smashed the ball into the back of the net in the 11th minute.

Spurs, strengthened by the return of Jan Vertonghen at the heart of their defence alongside Eric Dier with Kevin Wimmer playing at left-back, continued to dominate proceedings in the first-half but the visitors were left stunned when Chelsea equalised on the stroke of half-time.

Nemanja Matic sent the ball into the path of Pedro just outside the area before the Spaniard curled in a superb effort to end the first half 1-1.

Despite their slow start to the game, the Blues were brought back into life and took the lead six minutes after the break through Moses.

The winger, who has flourished under Antonio Conte this season, found himself unmarked at the far post and had no hesitation in firing in Costa’s pass from the other flank.

The goal turned the game on its head, in similar fashion to how Hazard’s strike had done the same in this same fixture in May, and from that Spurs could not recover and continue to hold out for their first league win at Stamford Bridge since 1990.

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