Alonso adds to Giroud opener as Lampard’s changes pay off

first_imgCHELSEA opened up a four-point lead over Tottenham as they continued their pursuit of a top four finish.Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso bagged the goals before a late Antonio Rudiger own goal gave Spurs hope.Jose Mourinho’s men also had a lucky escape after Giovani Lo Celso was not sent off for an apparent stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta.Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 3:03 pmThat’s all from me at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea take the London bragging rights with a 2-1 win over Spurs.Here’s SunSport’s player ratings for a bit of post-match reading!Final score: Chelsea 2 Spurs 1Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 2:47 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 1Frank Lampard on VAR –“It’s not good enough. It was a leg breaker.”Got to agree with the Chelsea boss.Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 2:34 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 1Giroud: “We’ve shown great character today.“Maybe it was a turning point. We lost a bit of confidence.“It was nice to bounce back and win against a rival.“It was a good feeling for me and moment to score.“I’m so happy for the team. It’s been three months without a start and it was special for me.”Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 2:25 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 1An excellent win for Chelsea. Lampard looks absolutely thrilled as he claps the fans.Giroud got man of the match but Mason Mount was absolutely brilliant. What a win as the Blues go four points clear in the top four race.Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 2:22 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 1FULL-TIME!Lampard has beaten Jose!Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 2:20 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 190.Four minutes added on and Spurs are flying forward!Two minutes left.Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 2:17 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 189.Lamela tries to square the ball and it deflects off Rudiger and past Caballero.Very lucky for Spurs who are back in it with a few minutes left!Grandstand finish!Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 2:16 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 189.GOALLLLL SPURS!Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 2:13 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 086.An absolutely embarrassing moment for VAR here.They’ve now admitted Lo Celso should have been sent off.Pathetic. Luckily Chelsea have been amazing, but what a farce!Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 2:10 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 082.Alonso hits the bar!Brilliant free-kick from 25-yards which smashes the upright and away.Kovacic then hits a volley wide from the follow-up.Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 2:08 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 079.What a save by Hugo Lloris!Mount squares for Abraham who flicks an effort from five-yards.The Frenchman dives to his right and somehow keeps it out. Sensational.Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 2:04 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 075.It’s all got very scrappy. Both teams giving the ball away needlessly.Also, this is the reason Lo Celso wasn’t sent off. Bizarre. Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 1:41 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 052.Somehow. Somehow! Lo Celso has not been sent off.He clearly stamps on Azpilicueta, but somehow doesn’t go.VAR is bizarre isn’t it?!Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 1:37 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 049.A fantastic goal from Chelsea. Lovely build-up play.Giroud heads on to Mount, who squares to Barkley.He flicks the ball over to Alonso who smashes the ball into the bottom corner.Barkley then goes close shortly after. The Blues are rampant!Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 1:35 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 049.GOALLLLL CHELSEA! ALONSO!Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 1:33 pmCHELSEA 1 SPURS 046.We’re underway in the second period. Spurs get us going.No changes at the break. Big half coming up in how this season will shape.Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 1:28 pmCHELSEA 1 SPURS 0Mason Mount has been sensational so far today. His high press has got Chelsea going.But the man of the moment is Giroud, and it looked like he enjoyed his goal! Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 1:59 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 071.Giroud goes off to a deserved standing ovation. Tammy Abraham takes his place.Spurs need to get something going quickly. They’ve had more of the ball, but nothing going forward.Kind of what happens when you don’t have any fit strikers.Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 1:56 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 068.Erik Lamela has a 30-yard free-kick deflected over for a corner.That was Spurs’ first shot of the second-half.That kind of tells you how bad they’ve been.Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 1:51 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 063.Spurs had a shout for a penalty, Ndombele went down under a James challenge.Calls waved away and VAR agrees with Michael Oliver.Not much happening, but Chelsea will be happy with that.Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 1:47 pmCHELSEA 2 SPURS 058.This is a red card, surely? Lo Celso has got away with one there. Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 1:22 pmCHELSEA 1 SPURS 0The table is looking a lot nicer for the Blues at half-time! Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 1:17 pmCHELSEA 1 SPURS 0Half-time at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea have had a great opening period.Olivier Giroud’s smashing finish separates the sides.Work for Jose to do in the dressing room.Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 1:15 pmCHELSEA 1 SPURS 0 STAT!Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 39 home games in all competitions when scoring first (W31 D8).Their last such defeat came to Spurs in the Premier League in April 2018 (1-3).Daniel Cutts22 Feb 2020, 1:12 pmCHELSEA 1 SPURS 040.Bit of a lull in the game. Both just taking a breath after a frantic first-half so far.Spurs have finally settled, but not creating much.Chelsea excellent so far.Load more entries…last_img

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