Chelsea’s Spanish defender Marcos Alonso celebrates with teammates after he scores his staff’s second objective throughout the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on February 22 2020.
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Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso got here in from the chilly to encourage Chelsea’s 2-1 win in opposition to Tottenham because the Blues cemented their grip on fourth place within the Premier League on Saturday.
Giroud and Alonso had been diminished to fringe figures in Frank Lampard’s first season as Chelsea supervisor.
However Lampard restored each veterans to the staff at Stamford Bridge in a big gamble that paid wealthy dividends.
With Tammy Abraham solely match sufficient to make the bench, Giroud began for the primary time since November and the France striker’s high-quality end opened the scoring within the first half.
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The 33-year-old might have joined Tottenham had Chelsea signed a ahead in January, however as a substitute he netted his first membership objective since August and his first within the Premier League since April.
Alonso, 29, maintained the theme of exiles getting again in favour because the left-back struck within the second half of his first league begin since Chelsea’s win at Tottenham in December.
Antonio Rudiger’s personal objective got here too late to smash Chelsea’s first win in 5 league video games, transferring them 4 factors away from fifth-placed Tottenham within the race to qualify for the Champions League.
Ending Tottenham’s three-game successful streak within the league was the proper response to Monday’s residence defeat in opposition to Manchester United.
It was not more than they deserved after a vibrant efficiency that lastly answered Lampard’s name for a killer intuition within the remaining third.
Tottenham have now gained simply as soon as of their final 34 visits to Stamford Bridge, making it a painful return for his or her former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who was crushed by Lampard for the second time this time period.
Mourinho had ramped up the thoughts video games on Friday when he claimed to know Lampard was planning to make use of the identical five-man defence that helped the Blues win at Tottenham earlier this season.
Mourinho was spot on, with Lampard making 4 modifications in a return to the system he predicted, however he couldn’t provide you with an efficient resolution.
Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn, extra typically used as wingers, led a makeshift Tottenham assault within the absence of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dele Alli, who was dropped after reacting angrily to his substitution within the midweek defeat in opposition to Leipzig.
Chelsea, urgent exhausting from the beginning, have been all the time on prime and when Alonso’s excellent go picked out Mason Mount, the younger midfielder’s shot was pushed away by Hugo Lloris.
It was a warning Tottenham did not heed and Giroud put Chelsea in entrance within the 15th minute.
Giroud had seemed spectacular in his substitute look in opposition to United.
And his bodily model and intelligent motion have been essential to the objective as he held off Toby Alderweireld to succeed in Jorginho’s go for a shot that Lloris saved together with his foot.
The rebound fell to Ross Barkley however his scuffed effort within the submit and cannoned again to Giroud, who lashed a blistering strike previous Lloris at his close to submit.
Willy Caballero virtually gifted Tottenham a objective out of nothing earlier than the break.
Needlessly dashing off his line, Caballero fully missed the ball and Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga prodded simply huge.
Mourinho had been scribbling away in his pocket book earlier than the interval, however there was no discernable change in Tottenham’s toothless show as Alonso elevated Chelsea’s lead within the 48th minute.
Giroud guided the ball into Mount’s path and he labored it to Barkley on the sting of the Tottenham space.
With the guests backing off, Barkley picked out Alonso, who blasted into the far nook from 20 yards.
It might have been worse for Tottenham as Giovani Lo Celso was lucky to flee a pink card when he stamped on Cesar Azpilicueta.
Chelsea ought to have gained by extra and Alonso’s free-kick hit the bar earlier than Rudiger deflected Erik Lamela’s shot into his personal web within the 89th minute.