Chelsea quickly moved on from the drama of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final by beating Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in the English Premier League on Wednesday evening.
First choice keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped following his controversial antics at Wembley as The Blues put in one of their best performances of the season.
Maurizio Sarri’s men started on the front foot against Spurs and Gonzalo Higuain saw an effort stump the post inside the first seven minutes.
There was plenty of danger from Chelsea’s first half attacks but in truth, both goalkeepers were largely untroubled in a competitive but goalless opening 45 minutes.
The deadlock was broken 12 minutes into the second half when Cesar Azpilicueta played in Pedro who opened the scoring with an impressive finish from an acute angle.
Both sides then battled for the game’s second goal but chances continued to be at a premium. It was the home side who did eventually net a second in fortunate circumstances when striker Olivier Giroud’s flick was diverted into his own net by Spurs defender Kieran Trippier.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side had no answer to their second blow on a night that Chelsea made a statement of intent in the English Premier League.