Alan Shearer raves over Chelsea pair who kept Kane and Son quiet yesterday

Sam Preston November 30, 2020
Alan Shearer raves over Chelsea pair who kept Kane and Son quiet yesterday
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Chelsea and Tottenham drew 0-0 on Sunday afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

A win would have taken the Blues top of the table but it was not to be after a cagey affair.

BBC pundit Alan Shearer was full of praise for the way Frank Lampard’s side shut down the threat of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, who have been on fire this season.

When singling players out for praise, he didn’t go for a defender. Instead, it was midfield duo N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.

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“Everyone knows how dangerous Spurs are on the counter-attack,” said Shearer. “But Chelsea completely nullified the threat of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. Those two did not get a sniff at Stamford Bridge.

“They have N’Golo Kante back doing what he does best – protecting the defence. Along with Mateo Kovacic, he did a great job of tracking Kane and Son and keeping them quiet.

“I spoke to Lampard last week and, quite rightly, he was delighted with the progress his side had made and where they were at, defensively and offensively.”

Manchester City were ripped apart by Kane and Son last weekend, and almost played like they didn’t know what to expect for some reason.


Chelsea, just as they did at Old Trafford earlier in the season, played with caution and didn’t allow the space in behind.

That meant Kane and Son were as quiet as they’d been all season long and ensured it was Chelsea who looked the most likely winner.

There was talk about Chelsea’s back four before the season started, but having Kante anchoring in front of them has made them more secure.

Kovacic isn’t as well-known for his defensive work but put in a strong shift to ensure Chelsea kept another clean sheet – a fifth in six league games.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.