Chelsea swept aside Tottenham in style yesterday to go nine points clear of fourth placed Manchester United and back within a point of Liverpool, ending their run of four league games without a win.
The Blues started the first half the brighter, creating some good chances through Hakim Ziyech and Romelu Lukaku, but it was Tottenham who struck first five minutes before the break as Harry Kane finished from inside the box, only for his goal to be controversially disallowed for an alleged push on Thiago Silva, his manager Antonio Conte describing the decision to chalk it off as “incredible” after the game.
That didn’t fluster Chelsea though as they came out flying for the second half and scored two minutes after the restart when Callum Hudson-Odoi breezed past Japhet Tanganga on the left and passed the ball cross-field to Ziyech, who cut inside onto his left foot and unleashed a stunning looping effort into the top left corner past a statuesque Hugo Lloris.
Their ruthlessness continued eight minutes later when Mason Mount whipped in a free kick from the left and Thiago Silva stooped to direct a header in from close range to leave Spurs with work to do.
Steven Bergwijn, Spurs’ hero against Leicester in midweek, was one of a few visiting players to miss some good chances to get back into the game but the task proved too difficult for Conte’s team who slump to seventh place in the Premier League table, but winning their three games in hand could see them break into the top four. Their next league game sees them host Southampton on February 9th.
Chelsea meanwhile stay third and now don’t have a Premier League game until February 19th against Crystal Palace. Before then they face Plymouth in the FA Cup a week Saturday and four days after that they travel to the United Arab Emirates for their Club World Cup semi-final.