It was a game between student versus teacher, player versus manager, as Chelsea took on Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. And again, Frank Lampard’s side triumphed over Jose Mourinho’s Spurs.
Both teams are in a race against time to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League, and with only the fourth spot up for grabs, the two London clubs did their best to take all three points. But it was the home side that first took the lead. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring on the 15th minute when he drove home a rebound after Ross Barkley’s effort hit the post.
Tottenham struggled to establish themselves in the game and then early in the second half, Chelsea pounced again, after Marcos Alonso received a pass from Barkley before slotting it beyond the reach of Hugo Lloris to make it 2:0.
Jose Mourinho made some changes, bringing on Alli, Lamela and Aurier as he hoped to spring a late comeback. But Spurs could only draw one back late on. Substitute Erik Lamela delivered a cross in for Dele Alli but Chelsea’s Rudiger mistakenly diverted the ball into his own net to half the goal deficit, 2:1. But that was the 89th minute, and the home side were able to hold on for a much deserved draw.
The win moved Chelsea 4 points clear of their nearest rivals in 5th. Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are the first Chelsea side to defeat a Jose Mourinho team in the Premier League. The match was not without controversy as Le Celso received a yellow instead of a red after he maniacally fouled Azpilicueta, even after VAR reviews.