Chelsea struck a foremost blow within the strive towards for the head four locations within the Premier League with an extraordinarily deserved victory over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.
In a disagreement billed as a strive towards between Frank Lampard and his mature mentor Jose Mourinho, Spurs could per chance well own leapfrogged Chelsea with victory but were outplayed and are the truth is adrift by four choices.
Lampard made four changes from the team that misplaced 2-0 at home to Manchester United on Monday and so they paid prosperous dividends as all of them made a contribution to most efficient their 2nd lift in seven league video games.
Olivier Giroud, in for Michy Batshuayi with Tammy Abraham on the bench after hurt, fired low past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris for Chelsea’s opener within the 15th minute after the recalled Ross Barkley hit the post.
And all four of these introduced into the team linked up for Chelsea’s 2nd three minutes after the shatter as Giroud’s flick learned Mason Mount, who played in Barkley. He produced a wonderfully weighted cross to Marcos Alonso, who did now not even shatter high-tail earlier than a candy assassinate past Lloris.
Spurs’ day could per chance well had been even worse as Giovani lo Celso should had been sent off for a unpleasant 2nd-half topic on Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta. The video assistant referee determined towards punishment, though officers in Stockley Park later admitted a mistake had been made and he should had been sent off.
Mourinho’s aspect gave themselves leisurely hope when Erik Lamela’s shot deflected in off Antonio Rudiger but truly Spurs deserved nothing and Chelsea were noteworthy winners.
Lampard rolls the dice and wins
Lampard knew he needed to behave after the loss at home to Manchester United continued an detached mosey of style, and he spoke back with a changed team.
It was a intrepid cross to present four changes in a game with the stakes so high but Giroud totally deserved his space ahead of the struggling Batshuayi. The 33-year-mature France striker is nonetheless a wily operator and deserved the standing ovation he received when he was substituted leisurely on.
Alonso furthermore received on the scoresheet, and the principle for Chelsea was they the truth is scored while dominating the game and possession, a knack that has eluded them on so time and all all over again this season.
Lampard accepted jubilantly at the final whistle, winding up a double over Spurs and Mourinho this season, and he can now space the long mosey with Chelsea final on high of things of their very own future in pursuit of an area in subsequent season’s Champions League.
Spurs look for thus flat
What a distinction six days own made to Spurs and Mourinho.
Spirits were soaring final Sunday after Son Heung-min’s final-minute winner gave them a 3-2 lift at Aston Villa that left them most efficient some degree within the support of Chelsea.
Since then, Son has been ruled out – possibly for the relaxation of the season – with a broken arm and Spurs are the truth is struggling to outlive within the Champions League final 16 after losing at home to RB Leipzig within the first leg.
And right here, for the most fragment, they were flat and uninspired, looking out enjoy a team struggling to cease support to terms with Son’s absence having already misplaced captain Harry Kane with an extended-term hamstring hurt.
Mourinho should one draw or the other galvanise a Spurs team that looks a itsy-bitsy sorry for itself. A defeatist attitude and body language is a the truth is rotten signal with nonetheless so worthy to play for.
It was a joyless, dull conceal, with the additional shambles of VAR clearing Lo Celso for a topic on Azpilicueta that looked the clearest of pink-card offences – most efficient for these inspecting the incident to later admit a mistake had been made.
Spurs had been dealt excessive hurt blows – but they should cease severely larger than this.
Man of the match – Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)
‘It is one more gigantic request label over VAR’ – what they acknowledged
Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard on Lo Celso’s topic:“All americans knew they’d made a mistake. We own the song and can look for it and we were proper looking out ahead to the pink card, no longer with any pleasure on story of it was a tackle that endangered the player.
“It is proper no longer valid ample. No more to claim. To look for it afterwards and announcing they made a mistake is no longer valid ample. They had a pair of minutes to look for at it and acquired it nasty.
“It is one more gigantic request label over VAR. Referees own such an advanced job and VAR was introduced in to serve them, produce the game larger and that’s proper so nasty nowadays. It be one more gigantic request label.
“This one did now not want a song. It is a clear human decision – straight to Stockley Park, pink card, game goes on but that one was nasty.”
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho to MOTD:“I focus on you is probably going going to be very uninterested in me, on story of I focus on I’m going to be very repetitive. I’m going to claim precisely the same phrases I acknowledged towards Leipzig.
“I’m very proud of the players – they gave totally the entire thing. We build no longer own a striker. Our attacking players are no longer strikers and are in gigantic stages of fatigue, so very, very refined for us. No tactical problems, [we were] entirely on high of things of the residence, punished by a pair of particular person mistakes.
“A defeat is a defeat, however the actual ingredient is, within the final seconds the players were nonetheless combating for a result and that for me is a foremost ingredient.
“In the final fragment of the game when Chelsea was fearful of the 2-1 we did now not own that presence, that strength, we did now not own that to cease more than what we did.”
Alonso high scoring defender – the stats
- Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are the first team to defeat a aspect managed by Jose Mourinho every home and away in a single league season.
- Chelsea own won three consecutive home video games towards Spurs in all competitions for the first time since a mosey of seven between October 1996 and March 2002.
- Tottenham own won proper one of their past 34 away video games towards Chelsea in all competitions (D11 L22), a 3-1 lift in April 2018.
- Chelsea own won more choices in Premier League London derby suits than any varied team, with the Blues taking 461 choices.
- Tottenham own conceded two or more targets in 10 Premier League away video games this season – their very top such tally in a single advertising campaign since 2008-09 (11).
- Since he joined Chelsea in 2016, Marcos Alonso has more targets (17) and perform involvements (28 – 17 targets, 11 assists) than any varied defender within the Premier League, with three of these targets coming towards Spurs.
- No Premier League aspect has scored more own targets this season than Chelsea (3 – level with Watford).
Chelsea host Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge within the final 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday (20:00 GMT), earlier than facing Bournemouth away within the Premier League subsequent Saturday (15:00 GMT).
Tottenham are support in Premier League action towards Wolves at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium subsequent Sunday (14:00 GMT).