Chelsea nullifying Harry Kane and Heung-min Son proves our defensive power, says Ben Chilwell

James Robson
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Ben Chilwell hailed Chelsea’s defensive power – claiming they silenced Tottenham star duo Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.

The top of the table clash with Tottenham may have ended in a goalless draw, but it also provided the ultimate endorsement for Frank Lampard’s rear-guard after shutting out the Premier League’s deadliest strike partnership.

The Spurs pair, who have 24 goals between them in all competitions this season, failed to register a single shot on target at Stamford Bridge.

Chilwell said: “We know how good they are. Both of them are very clinical going forward and their link up play between them is very good. We’re happy with nullifying both of them.

“It was two good teams – tactically both very good on the day and another clean sheet against a great strike force.

“For myself and the rest of the defence, when you are up against a strike force like that you have to concentrate for 90 minutes. As much as I would have loved us to have won the game – for myself and the rest of the defence it is very important to keep a clean sheet going forward.”

Chelsea have now kept eight clean sheets in their last 11 games after facing criticism about their defensive fragility at the start of the season.

But the signings of Thiago Silva, Edouard Mendy and Chilwell have transformed their fortunes, with Lampard’s side now boasting the joint second meanest defence in the top flight – with 10 goals conceded, while Spurs have let in just nine.

As impressive as Chelsea defence has been, they came up against Spurs team that showed minimal ambition on the day.

Chilwell believes both teams were desperate to avoid defeat to one of their title rivals.

“When you are both battling it out at the top and points are crucial, you don’t want to give them points and likewise they don’t want to give us points,” he said. “We would have loved to win the game here at Stamford Bridge, but we will take the draw.

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“We are not looking that far ahead. We are taking each game. We will take the positives. It’s a busy schedule so we recover and look forward to the next game.”

Lampard had studied Tottenham’s win against Manchester City last week and determined not to suffer the same fate as Pep Guardiola by being picked off on the break by Kane or Son.

He added: “It’s clear that Tottenham, when they play in this type of game they try to adapt the style of being organised and counter attack. The manager sets that tone.

“They have great players in those areas to play in that way. Kane and Son we know about. We were at home, we wanted to control the game, we did.

“We could have had a bit more magic or something drop for us at the top of the pitch, there was only really one team for the majority of the game who was searching and that was us.

“We have been playing pretty well and we wanted to win. In the end we didn’t quite have enough at the top end to do that.

“It was what I was expecting. We watched the Man City game last week. You know the style of the manager, you know they are tough opposition and how they tend to play.

“You know the attributes of the players that they have, they have great counter-attacking players, and Son in particular. Harry Kane, the way he is playing at the minute, can pretty much do everything himself.

“So, yes, they are very well organised to defend. That’s the style they want to play and it is the manager’s prerogative, of course. I expected we would have a lot of possession and dominate territorially for a while, which we did. I just wanted us to really put them under pressure and play wide which we did to sustain pressure for periods of the game.

“At points we had to be clinical and probably the one thing was we weren’t that clinical in that situation.

“The game did go how I expected and I am pleased we didn’t give them a sniff on the counter but I am disappointed we didn’t take one of our chances.”

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