Chelsea extended their unbeaten record in the Premier League to an impressive fourteen games after a 4-0 home victory over North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. Samuel Eto’o opened the scoring which was shortly followed by an Eden Hazard penalty, with Demba Ba’s brace really rubbing it in the faces of the travelling Spurs’ fans.
Chelsea could have been leading at the break if it wasn’t for a wrongly called offside decision which could have also seen Hugo Lloris sent off, as well as Eden Hazard missing a glorious opportunity to hit the ball into an empty net after taking the ball around the Spurs’ keeper. Tottenham seemed to calm down after these two chances, and the rest of the half was played with few chances being created for either side.
A half time substitution saw Oscar take the field in the place of Frank Lampard in an attempt to create some opportunities, as well as change the formation from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1. The second half exploded with life, and after ten minutes we saw the first goal of the game. The name Jan Vertonghen doesn’t go down well with Chelsea fans, so it made the opening goal even sweeter when Vertonghen slipped and gifted the ball to Samuel Eto’o who put the ball through the legs of the French keeper, mocking Jose Mourinho’s comments about his age in his light hearted celebration.
Minutes later, Samuel Eto’o won a controversial penalty which saw Youness Kaboul being sent off. I personally don’t think the penalty should have standed, but can Spurs’ fans really complain as they escaped having Lloris sent off within the first half? As Hazard stepped up to take it I had no doubt that he’d score, and he proved me right as he cooly scored his fifteenth of the season.
As if only having ten men on the field and being two goals down wasn’t bad enough, Tottenham were in for even more bad luck as Michael Dawson came off injured, which completely made their line-up a bit of a laugh – Sandro at centre back, and Kyle Walker at centre midfield. Chelsea seemed to relax from here on, which saw the introduction of Willian, which erupted the atmosphere at the Bridge with chants of “he hates Tottenham” being heard in every stand. The game seemed to slow down a lot, which was the perfect chance to give Demba Ba his chance on the field. Sandro got in the way of Oscar’s cross, which then gave the ball to Ba, which allowed him to poke home from close range to make it three. Moments later, another defensive error led to a fourth Chelsea goal as Kyle Walker misplaced his header back to his keeper, which handed Ba his second goal in two minutes.
I was pretty nervous before the game started unlike the majority of Chelsea fans, but Chelsea cruised past Sherwood’s Tottenham side – and like Sherwood said in his post match interview, I highly doubt we’ll be seeing Tottenham in the Champions League next season. As Sherwood said, to be one of the best, you have to beat the best, and with a 5-1 loss to City and a 5-0 loss to Liverpool on top of Saturday’s loss it seems to have been a season far from what the Spurs’ fans expected.