Chelsea boss Frank Lampard masterminded a crucial 2-1 win over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, as recalled pair Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso fired the Blues to a victory which strengthens their hold on fourth place.
In his pre-match press conference, Mourinho had claimed he had been told Chelsea were switching to a back five for the fixture, and while that was proved correct, Spurs were unable to prevent Giroud from scoring his first Premier League goal of the season or Alonso (48) capping a move which involved all four line-up changes made by Lampard.
While Spurs pulled one back late on when Erik Lamela’s effort was deflected in by Antonio Rudiger (89), it could have been worse for the visitors had Giovani Lo Celso not been controversially let off by a VAR check when he appeared to stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta. Officials at Stockley Park later announced ‘human error’ had caused them not to send off the midfielder.
The Soccer Saturday panel were shocked by VAR’s initial decision not to send off Giovani Lo Celso for his challenge on César Azpilicueta.
Lampard’s win over his former Chelsea manager Mourinho gives the Blues a four-point cushion over their London rivals and extends Tottenham’s dismal run at Stamford Bridge to one win in 34 trips.
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Chelsea had gone four without a win in the league before Saturday but Giroud repaid Lampard’s trust in him by scoring on his first start since November on 15 minutes, blasting in at the near post after Ross Barkley had bounced the rebound from the Frenchman’s initial saved shot against the post.
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