Ruthless Chelsea extended Tottenham’s 24-year barren spell at Stamford Bridge with a 3-0 win on Wednesday (December 3) which saw Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten Blues consolidate their lead at the top of the English Premier League.
Spurs were bidding for a first win at their rivals’ west London home since February 1990 at the 28th attempt and began well, with Harry Kane hitting the crossbar with an early header.
There was a sense the visitors had to take an opportunity when enjoying the early supremacy and their failure to do so was punished by two goals in four first-half minutes through Eden Hazard and Didier Drogba.
Drogba, deputising for suspended striker Diego Costa, returned a pass to Hazard, whose shot squirmed under Hugo Lloris to give Chelsea a 19th-minute lead.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said both Drogba and Remy were good last night but he credited the team for getting three point from a good opponent Tottenham.
“No. Obviously he (Didier Drogba) did every well and (Loic) Remy the same. But I prefer to speak about the team in a very difficult match against a very good Tottenham. Against a Tottenham that was better than us in the first 20 minutes. And the team was able to face the difficult moment, to be stable, to score and after that, to manage the game in the best way. So important victory against a very good team.” said Mourinho
Worse was to follow for the France goalkeeper as his dreadful clearance went straight to Hazard, who found Oscar, with the Brazilian playing a pin-point pass to Drogba.
The striker’s fifth of the season – and 162nd Chelsea goal – effectively ended the match as a contest and ensured Mourinho’s men would extend their unbeaten start to the season to 21 matches ahead of this weekend’s trip to Newcastle.
Substitute Loic Remy netted Chelsea’s third to complete a comfortable victory.