Tottenham's Matt Doherty applauds Chelsea star's long-range strike

Tottenham Hotspur's Matt Doherty left in awe by Ziyech's goal

Tottenham Hotspur defender Matt Doherty insisted that they executed their game plan well until Hakim Ziyech made the difference with his incredible goal for Chelsea on Sunday.

The Blues beat Spurs 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in a dominant fashion thanks to Ziyech’s curler and Thiago Silva’s headed goal in the second half.

The home side actually had more control in the first half, having 74 percent of the possession of the ball in the first 45 minutes, but struggled to convert it into goalscoring opportunities.

Fortunately for Chelsea, two minutes after the break, they took the lead through a moment of brilliance from Ziyech.

Unlike Silva’s goal, according to Doherty, there was nothing Spurs could do about Ziyech’s opener.

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“In the first half, we limited them to some set piece headers that were comfortably over the bar and [did not let them] cut us open too much,” the Ireland international told Spurs TV after the game.

“And then they managed to stick one in the top corner, which is fair enough.

“I guess when somebody does that, you’ve got to clap your hands to it.

“The disappointment for us is obviously the second goal which is the set-piece goal [that] we’ve conceded quite [a few] recently.

“It’s tough being 1-0 down, then when you conceded a set-piece [goal] like that, which was so simple, it became almost impossible [to come back from].”

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Ziyech’s goal forced the visitors to take more risks and it allowed Chelsea more space in the final third.

To put it into perspective, Chelsea had just one shot on target in the first half, six in the second half.

The Morocco international contributed a lot more than just the goal, though. As Pat Nevin described it, he looked like “a different person” on the pitch.

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Gerry is a Chelsea supporter who has more than five years of experience in online publishing. He started out writing for Chelsea fan blogs during his high school years, before writing for several local sport news outlets. After graduating in NCTJ-accredited sports journalism MA at the University of Sunderland, he has worked as a freelance writer for The Chelsea Chronicle since 2020. He is a big fan of football statistics and strongly believes that sooner or later, the xG Gods always catch up. He is also a proud member of Michael Ballack fan club.