Chelsea have taken a four-point advantage in the race for a top four finish in the English Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge this lunchtime.
Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso got the goals as The Blues saw off the tame effort of Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side.
Chelsea needed goalkeeper Willy Caballero to come to their rescue early on when he palmed away a Lucas Moura effort before Mason Mount was denied at the other end.
The Blues broke the deadlock on the 15-minute mark when Giroud saw a shot saved by visiting keeper Hugo Lloris before Ross Barkley fired the loose ball against the post. Giroud then regained possession of the ball and struck home the opener.
Alonso and Barkley sent efforts narrowly wide of the target for Chelsea later in the half as Frank Lampard’s side failed to extend their lead going into the interval.
Chelsea did go 2-0 up shortly after the break when Alonso thumped home a stunning effort from 20 yards.
Tammy Abraham was desperately unlucky not to find the back of the net on his return to the side after being superbly denied by Lloris from close range before Alonso saw a free-kick hit the crossbar.
Spurs were handed a lifeline in the final minute when Blues defender Antonio Rudiger netted an own goal but it was too little, too late for Mourinho’s men as Chelsea recorded a 2-0 victory.
The Blues are back in action on Tuesday evening when Bayern Munich are the visitors to Stamford Bridge for a UEFA Champions League last-16 tie.