Chelsea and Tottenham will renew rivalries this evening in an eagerly anticipated derby day clash, both sides in need of victory to boost their hopes of securing Champions League football.
Frank Lampard’s huge summer spending raised expectations at Chelsea and a series of poor performances ultimately cost the club icon his job, though Thomas Tuchel has now inherited a a squad stacked with talent and will be tasked with getting the best from a number of underperforming players.
Tuchel’s side will face a stern examination when they travel the short distance to north London tonight, whilst former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be keen to see his Spurs outfit bounce back after successive league defeats.
The two sides are currently locked together on points and have played out some truly classic London derby encounters throughout the years, here are five of the best games between Chelsea and Tottenham in the Premier League era:
Chelsea 4-3 Tottenham – 1994
The second season of the Premier League proved a disappointing campaign for both sides as they each finished in the division’s bottom half, though a meeting between the two rivals at Stamford Bridge produced one of the most entertaining contests of the campaign.
The north London visitors raced into an early two-goal lead courtesy of goals from Steve Sedgley and Jason Dozzell, only for Chelsea to fightback and improbably take the lead before the interval in a breathless first half.
Mal Donaghy pulled one back before Mark Stein equalised for the home side, their turnaround completed when John Spencer fired Chelsea ahead in fine fashion before the break.
There was plenty more drama to follow in the second half as substitute Andy Gray drew Spurs level from the penalty spot, before seeing a second spot kick saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Dmitri Kharine.
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It proved a costly miss for Gray and Spurs, Chelsea snatching a stoppage-time victory through a penalty of their own, Stein making no mistake with an emphatic effort to seal all three points for the Blues.
Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham – 2003
Chelsea’s qualification for the Champions League in dramatic circumstances the previous season paved the way for a takeover that would change the course of the club’s history in 2003, the arrival of Roman Abramovich followed by unprecedented investment on a host of leading names.
The west London side’s first summer of spending brought in names such as Hernan Crespo, Claude Makelele and Joe Cole, though it was another marquee addition who stole the show during an entertaining early season victory over Spurs at Stamford Bridge.
Spurs were looking to end a wretched record against their billionaire-backed rivals and briefly threatened an upset when Freddie Kanoute fired the visitors ahead, only for Chelsea to respond as Frank Lampard headed home an equaliser.
Adrian Mutu then outlined his quality with a superbly taken double, the Romanian taking his tally to four goals in just three fixtures since his summer signing from Parma.
Kanoute’s second goal of the game offered Glenn Hoddle’s side late hope, only for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to seal Chelsea’s victory moments later and continue their derby dominance, stretching their unbeaten run against Spurs to a remarkable 27 fixtures.
Tottenham 4-4 Chelsea – 2008
Robbie Keane’s stunning late goal rescued a dramatic point for Tottenham following a thrilling draw between the two sides in 2008, the Irishman curling home a superb effort to deny Chelsea at White Hart Lane.
Spurs had secured a first major trophy in nine years by beating Chelsea in the final of the League Cup the previous month, though fell behind early on as Didier Drogba headed home an opener after just three minutes.
Jonathan Woodgate then repeated his Wembley heroics by rising highest to power in an equaliser, only for Chelsea to take control either side of the break via goals from Michael Essien and Joe Cole.
Chelsea’s vulnerability from set-pieces allowed Spurs to mount a fightback, however, Dimitar Berbatov’s brilliant header pulling one back before another corner kick found its way to Tom Huddlestone, who lashed home a superb leveller.
📆 March 19, 2008
Tottenham 4-4 Chelsea
⚽ Woodgate 12, Berbatov 61, Huddlestone 75, Keane 88.
⚽ Drogba 3, Essien 20, Joe Cole 52, 80
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Joe Cole thought he had won a topsy-turvy tie for Chelsea by firing in his second of the game with just over 10 minutes remaining, only for Keane to have the final say, reacting first to a loose ball to curl a majestic equaliser beyond Carlo Cudicini.
Tottenham 5-3 Chelsea – 2015
Jose Mourinho will be plotting Chelsea’s downfall this evening, but he was on the receiving end of a derby day thumping as the Blues’ boss on New Year’s Day in 2015.
Harry Kane was the inspiration behind a memorable Spurs victory, scoring twice and having a hand in two further goals as the north London side stunned the league leaders.
Kane was in the midst of a sensational breakthrough season for Spurs and took his tally for the campaign to 17 goals, his first coming with a 20-yard drive after Diego Costa had handed Chelsea an early lead at White Hart Lane.
Spurs were dominant throughout and took the lead after Danny Rose reacted first to a rebound, before Andros Townsend put the home side in control from the penalty spot after Kane had been brought down by Gary Cahill.
It was four for the hosts as Kane netted his second with a smart turn and strike, before Eden Hazard handed Chelsea hope with a low effort.
It mattered little, however, as Nacer Chadli ensured Spurs became just the second team to score five times past a Jose Mourinho managed outfit with a deflected fifth, rendering John Terry’s late goal for Chelsea as little more than a consolation.
Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham – 2016
Tottenham and Chelsea do battle once more tonight, almost five years after the London rivals met in one of the most notorious and volatile clashes in Premier League history.
Spurs needed to win to keep alive their hopes of catching league leaders Leicester and secure a first title since 1961, though a Chelsea fightback wrecked their Premier League dream in a bad-tempered clash that became known as the ‘Battle of the Bridge’.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side had their destiny in their own hands after racing into a two-goal half-time lead, goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min putting Spurs in control and keeping the title race alive.
Tempers flared throughout following a number of robust challenges with Pochettino at one point involved in an on-pitch scuffle involving both sets of players, Danny Rose’s wild challenge on Willian sparking a touchline melee that saw Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele appear to gouge at the eye of Diego Costa.
Emotions continued to ride high as Gary Cahill pulled one back for Chelsea just before the hour, before Eden Hazard’s superb goal with just seven minutes remaining levelled the scores and sparked wild celebrations from those of a Leicester persuasion.
Frustrations boiled over for the visitors who received a record nine yellow cards as part of a huge 12 dished out by referee Mark Clattenburg, Chelsea taking huge pleasure in ending their rival’s hopes as a fiercely contested clash crowned Leicester the unlikeliest of Premier League champions.