BBC pundit Gary Lineker has reacted to Tottenham Hotspur’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea by asking supporters on Twitter what time the game starts, a witty response to a fairly dull game.
With ten points separating the two teams, it became apparent that a defeat would surely end the Blues’ top four hopes as early as November and Jose Mourinho’s cautious tactics reflected such opinion.
The Portuguese boss is a master at stifling the opposition and that’s exactly what they did to Spurs as they sat back, absorbed the hosts’ possession-game well and played carefully on the counter.
It didn’t make for much of a spectacle, and it actually took all of 65 minutes for either goalkeeper to make a decent save of note as Hugo Lloris made a reflex stop to deny Eden Hazard.
The full-time whistle was met with a sense of satisfaction from both teams, yet for the neutral it was instantly forgettable and Gary Lineker suggested as much as he reacted on Twitter.
What time does the Tottenham, Chelsea game start?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) noviembre 29, 2015
The statistics from the match don’t make for pretty reading, with just five shots on target throughout the 90 minutes and as many as 23 fouls committed as both sides were niggly out of possession.
Still, there are some obvious positives to take from the match and Spurs in particular will be pleased to extend their unbeaten run to 13 league matches and remain in check with the top four.
As for Chelsea, a clean sheet has been a rarity this season but they now have three on the spin in all competitions, a factor which will delight boss Jose Mourinho.