The Jose Mourinho movement marched on in West London on Wednesday evening as Tottenham were on the receiving end of another spanking from their capital rivals.
Much was made of Spurs’ dismal record at Stamford Bridge. The North London outfit haven’t won a league match in SW6 since Gascoigne and Lineker overturned Bobby Campbell’s Chelsea side – on the very same day that Nelson Mandela was granted freedom from prison.
Didier Drogba came in for the suspended Diego Costa, whilst Courtois remained between the sticks. Nemanja Matic was just one yellow card away from a suspension.
Against the odds, it was Spurs who were on the front foot early on.
Gary Cahill suffered a blow to the head only minutes into the game as he jumped with Jan Vertonghen, and the England defender looked uncomfortable throughout the opening exchanges.
Some wayward play in the middle of the park was almost punished as Ivanovic was beaten to the ball down the right flank, only for youngster Harry Kane, in for the much-maligned Roberto Soldado, to jump higher then Cahill and head against the crossbar.
Chelsea were let off again soon after, as Terry and Cahill were drawn toward Erikson before he played in Kane, who could only shoot wide of Courtois’s right hand post.
But Chelsea soon clicked into gear with the midfield trio of Hazard, Oscar and Willian making the game tick.
And it was the preverbal Hazard who fired Chelsea into the lead after 20 minutes.
Hazard spun his marker to feed Drogba inside the area before feeding the ball back for the Belgian to fire past Lloris in the Spurs net for his seventh goal of the season.
The lead was doubled moments later after Hazard received a poor goal kick and set up to Oscar to assist Drogba for the Chelsea legend to score his fifth goal since returning to Chelsea in the summer.
Chelsea, in full ascendency, bossed every inch of the second half.
The game itself was made safe in the 73rd minute as substitute Loic Remy earned himself goal-side of the hapless Vertonghen before easing the ball past Lloris.
Matic, (as many predicted) picked up his fifth booking of the season which will see him miss the trip to Newcastle this weekend, but the dousing of Spurs is sure to compound the pundits assuming Chelsea already have this years title wrapped up.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho told BBC Sport: “They started better than us and should have scored. But after our first goal our team became more stable and confident – I’m really happy with the points.”
Chelsea face ninth placed Newcastle at St. James Park on Saturday afternoon.
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Ivanovic, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Hazard Drogba
Tottenham: Lloris, Chiriches, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies, Mason, Bentaleb, Lennon, Lamela, Eriksen, Kane