Tottenham Hotspur extended their unbeaten streak to a record 13 games following an uninspiring 0-0 draw at home to Chelsea.
Half-chances fell for both sides in the opening 45 minutes but neither team really grabbed the game by the scruff of its neck in a first half peppered with yellow cards.
And the second half was almost a carbon copy as the teams lacked the creativity needed to break down the other’s stern defence.
Tottenham came into this game 10 points clear of Chelsea who, following a torrid start to the season, have found a small vein of form in recent matches.
Despite their worst ever start to a Premier League season, wins against Norwich at the weekend and midweek at Maccabi Tel Aviv have been signs that Chelsea may be turning a corner.
Tottenham, on the other hand, were on a 12 game, club record-matching unbeaten run and kicked off against Chelsea overflowing with confidence after the 1-0 win at Qarabag that saw them reach the Round of 32 in the Europa League on Thursday.
Dele Alli was suspended for this game when he picked up his fifth booking of the season last week against West Ham while Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Moussa Dembele were drafted back into the squad after being rested for the trip to Azerbaijan.
Chelsea lined up without a recognised striker on the field as Diego Costa was dropped to the bench with Eden Hazard being utilised as a ‘false 9’.
The first half was a cagey affair as both sides pressed well to pen the other in.
Harry Kane was handed Tottenham’s first real chance, but saw his low shot from the edge of the box well parried by Asmir Begovic.
Oscar’s cross was met by the head of a flying Eden Hazard but the midfielder, not known for his heading prowess, was unable to get his head above the ball and sent it over the bar.
A vicious cross from Kane into the box at the other end was met at the back post by Heung-Min Son, but with so much power on the ball the Korean couldn’t aim his header and Begovic scrambled across to parry clear.
With half an hour gone Dembele spun away from his man and unleashed a rasping shot from 20 yards that Begovic needed to be alert to get down to and palm away.
Some Brazilian flair on the edge of the box saw Oscar slot the ball through Ryan Mason’s legs, but he dragged his shot into the side netting as he drove into Lloris’ box and the sides went in level at the break.
An excellent piece of interplay between Son and Kane saw the Korean international able to get in behind Chelsea’s defence but his first-time shot was well held by Begovic.
And Branislav Ivanovic’s ball over the top was met on the volley at the back stick by Hazard 68 minutes in, but Lloris sensationally got down quickly enough to tip Chelsea’s first shot on target round the post.
However, neither side could create any real goalscoring opportunities and it appeared both sides were content with a point.
And though Chelsea may have seemed to be there for the taking before the game, Tottenham came away from the match happy to see their record unbeaten streak extend further ahead of a winnable set of fixtures.