Chelsea managed to get a very important win over their London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs at Stamford Bridge this saturday. It was the second time Chelsea coach Frank Lampard encountered his former boss, José Mourinho, as a manager. Lampard’s side won 2-1.
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud opened the score for the Blues. Jorginho sent the World Cup winner away with a great pass from the half-way line, whose shot was saved by Lloris’ toes. After Ross Barkley hit the post from the rebound, the ball came back infront of Giroud’s feet. This time Giroud did shoot the ball past the French goalkeeper, bringing Chelsea 1-0 up.
Shortly after half time, Marco Alonso doubled their lead. The Spaniard shot the ball in the bottom right corner from outside of the box after a quick attack from a throw-in. Shortly after, Tottenham’s Lo Celso stepped on Azplicueta but controversely was not sent off after a red card check by the VAR. Tottenham was lucky again in the 89th minute, when they got a goal back after Lamale’s pass was reflected by Chelsea defender Rüdiger.
It was too late however for Tottenham to make a comeback, as the Spurs will return to North London with no points. This is a very important win for Chelsea, who are currently sitting in fourth position. Lampard’s side expanded their lead over number five Tottenham to four points. For José Mourinho’s Tottenham this loss will feel extra bad. Not only did they lose to their bitter rivals Totttenham Hotspurs, they wasted an opportunity to jump over Chelsea, which would bring them into a Champions League qualification position. Fortunately for Tottenham, this year’s number five will (most likely) qualify for the Champions League next season, after the UEFA announced a ban for Manchester City in European football for two seasons. Brighton and Manchester United have a chance to take over their number five position this weekend if they win their games.