The final round of festive fixtures saw a selection of exciting results, with Tottenham’s victory over Chelsea the best of them all. The late kick off featured high flying Chelsea on their trip to North London in a highly anticipated London Derby.
Chelsea started strong, with their top scorer Diego Costa turning in Oscar’s low cross. Shortly after there were appeals for a penalty from Mourinho and co, as Vertonghen controlled the ball with his hand when going to ground in the box. Despite pressure on the Tottenham goal, Chelsea were unable to double their lead, and a moment of magic saw Harry Kane grab the equaliser. Now on the back foot, Chelsea struggled to keep out a ruthless Tottenham side who extended their lead to 3-1 before the break, with a goal from Danny Rose and a penalty from Andros Townsend.
Only seven minutes into the second half, and things went from bad to worse for Mourinho’s men. Harry Kane doubled his tally, with and exquisite turn and finish inside the Chelsea box. Star player Eden Hazard was able to give Chelsea fans a bit of hope, after he finished off a lovely move to make it 4-2. However Chelsea’s hopes of a comeback were ruined after Nacer Chadli grabbed a deserved goal to increase the deficit. Captain John Terry was able to get his second goal in a week, but it was too little too late for a comeback, and the referee’s final whistle ended Chelsea’s disappointing performance.
On the 22nd of November Mourinho was eight points clear at the top of the table, but is now joined by Manchester City who are also on 46 points. As for Spurs, they move up to fifth after extending their unbeaten run to six games, and also become the only team to put 5 past a Mourinho side.
By Jowan Taylor, 4/1/15