Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur; Spurs effort cancels Ziyech brace
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It was the very first task in pre-season for Nuno Espírito Santo in charge of Tottenham Hotspur, as the 'Lilywhites' visited Stamford Bridge to play against Chelsea FC in The Mind Series Tournament

This event was created in order to support a better mental-health, and it is safe to say the 'Blues' and Spurs put on a show in London.

Mind – the UK’s leading mental health charity – and the clubs, using their huge global reach and platforms, promote mental health awareness as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Story of the game

The Spurs came back from two goals down to secure a draw, with Hakim Ziyech scoring both goals for Chelsea while Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwjin did the same for the away side. 

The first half was one to forget for Tottenham, and with N'Golo Kante leading the way in the midfield, Thomas Tuchel's side was in control of the game. 

Ziyech netted two goals at the end of the first half and beginning of the second, respectively, to give the partial lead to the Blues at home.

This was Chelsea's first home game with fans since winning the UEFA Champions League last season, so it's safe to say the crowd inside the stadium was really energetic. 

Espirito Santo's side wouldn't give up easily though, and by working hard in all areas of the pitch, Tottenham was able to rescue a draw in their fourth pre-season friendly of the summer. 

Lucas Moura recorded his third goal in the same amount of pre-season games played for Spurs, while Steven Bergwjin was able to get on the score sheet for only the second time this year. 

Reactions

''I think it shows character, determination, believe and hard work'', Espírito Santo told Spurs TV after the game. ''This was a tough test. 

The fact that some players competed all 90 minutes, which shows how well they have prepared over the last couple of weeks... I think there's a lot of positives from this game.''

Pierluigi Gollini, Eric Dier, Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son were the seven Spurs players who played the full game. 

''I am very happy,'' Gollini said after playing his first game as a Spurs player. ''I don't remember the last time I played with so many people in the stands.

Not everything is going to come so easy. There's a lot of new players and we want to build something important, its a process. The character is there though and people were able to see it.''

Spurs will now face Arsenal on Sunday, August 8, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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