Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to safe an enormous three factors of their battle fo end within the high 4 of the Premier League.
[ MORE: Premier League schedule ]
Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso struck early in every half as Jose Mourinho’s Spurs have been completely dominated with Erik Lamela‘s late cross deflected in off Antonio Rudiger for nothing greater than a comfort.
Frank Lampard‘s tactical modifications paid off as he accomplished the double over his former supervisor, as he turned the primary man to beat a aspect managed by Mourinho each house and away in a single league season.
With the win (their first in 5 video games) Chelsea cement their spot in fourth and now sit 4 factors above fifth-place Spurs who’ve 40 factors.
three issues we realized
1. Giroud delivers scientific edge: That is simply what he does. For some motive Giroud has been the third-choice striker all season at Chelsea and he regarded prone to depart in January. Chelsea can be glad he didn’t. Tammy Abraham is younger and has cooled down after a red-hot begin to the season and Michy Batshuayi doesn’t have Giroud’s composure or expertise in key moments. Giroud jumped off the bench on Monday towards Man United and scored however was simply offside and he has the knack of being in the precise place on the proper time. We spoke with Giroud after his display against United and he said he was fired up and ready to start, particularly with a spot in France’s EURO 2020 squad on the road. With Bayern Munich developing within the Champions League final 16 on Tuesday, absolutely he has to steer the Chelsea line. Together with his intelligent runs and flicks, Giroud linked up protection and assault completely. That is simply what he does and it’s a thriller as to why he hasn’t performed extra this season.
2. Mourinho’s excuses seep into his gamers: We get it, Mourinho has been unfortunate with accidents with Harry Kane out till April and Heung-Min Son maybe out for the season. However Mourinho saying high 4 end this season could be the perfect achievement of his managerial profession was a stretch. That message of negativity filtered into the minds of his Spurs gamers because the 2-1 scoreline flattered them. Bergwijn and Moura have been so remoted and Tottenham’s midfield was completely overrun. Mourinho has carried out properly to push Spurs again into the highest 4 dialog since he arrived however Tottenham, particularly defensively, are so distant from being real high 4 contenders.
three. VAR drama rumbles on: Giovani Lo Celso ought to have been despatched off and VAR officers at Stockley Park have since admitted that through BT Sport. His stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta’s leg was a transparent case of violent conduct and a prolonged VAR assessment throughout the recreation resulted within the Argentine playmaker staying on the pitch. How is that doable? While you see it you’ll wince and even thought Azpilicueta slid in, Lo Celso had sufficient time to drag his foot away from the problem. One of many worst VAR choices you will notice as the controversy about its consistency rumbles on.
Man of the Match: Olivier Giroud – Scored a purpose and had a hand within the second as his total show supplied Chelsea with a focus. Regardless that his contract is up this summer time, count on to see loads of Giroud for Chelsea between from time to time.
Chelsea regarded harmful early on as Giroud went shut from a nook because the hosts got here flying out of the traps.
They received the purpose their high-quality begin deserved as Giroud was denied by Hugo Lloris, Ross Barkley hit the publish with the rebound after which Giroud was available to tuck house from a decent angle to make it 1-Zero.
A VAR delay to examine if the purpose was offside was wanted however in his first begin since November, Giroud had delivered. Marcos Alonso despatched a volley simply over as Chelsea have been of their groove.
Japhet Tanganga virtually made essentially the most of a protracted ball in-behind Alonso however his first contact was only a tad too heavy, as Spurs have been hanging within the recreation regardless of Chelsea trying the extra harmful.
[ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ]
The second half continued in the identical sample of the primary as Chelsea doubled their lead in splendid vogue.
A flowing transfer which concerned all 4 gamers introduced into the beginning lineup by Lampard noticed Giroud flick the ball in direction of Mason Mount who fed Barkley who teed up Alonso to smash house a low shot and ship the house followers wild.
Moments after an enormous second of controversy arrived as Giovani Lo Celso appeared to stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta’s leg however after a prolonged VAR examine no purple card was given as Chelsea’s followers, gamers and coaches regarded on in bemusement.
Tanguy Ndombele then went down within the field as he tried to dribble in direction of purpose however Spurs have been so lackluster in assault and Chelsea completely deserved a large three factors as substitute Tammy Abraham went shut late on as Lloris saved and Alonso smashed the bar with a beautiful free kick.
Tottenham did pull one again within the 89th minute after substitute Lamela crossed and his effort deflected into the online off Rudiger, however Chelsea by no means regarded prone to cough up one other purpose late on.