For 45 minutes Chelsea had not been great. But before the game had even hit the hour mark, they had killed it as a contest, silenced the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and turned London blue.
That is what champions do. When required, they have the ability to shift gear and leave rivals in their wake.
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Spurs experienced that to painful effect. Up against an opponent on another level, they saw the game taken away from them in the blink of an eye.
It did not require a moment of individual brilliance, rather a collective responsibility to exert their authority.
Thiago Silva’s 49th-minute header put them in front and substitute N’Golo Kante’s shot, which wickedly ricocheted off Eric Dier, ensured Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start to the season and moved level on points with Liverpool and Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table.