Chelsea solidified its claim for the fourth position and the final UEFA Champions League qualifying spot in England after it defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in a Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Olivier Giroud fired low past Spurs’ goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, to give Chelsea the lead in the 15th minute after midfielder Ross Barkley hit the post.
The home team doubled its advantage three minutes after the break as Giroud’s flick found Mason Mount, who played in Barkley. He produced a perfectly weighted pass to Marcos Alonso, who did not even break stride before a sweet finish past Lloris.
Spurs, managed by former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, gave themselves late hope when Erik Lamela’s shot deflected in off Blues defender Antonio Rudiger in the 89th minute.
Spurs could have leapfrogged Chelsea with victory at the Bridge but were outplayed by a strong Blues team, who deserved the win.
The away team’s day could have been even worse as Giovani lo Celso should have been sent off for a dreadful second-half challenge on Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta. The video assistant referee decided against punishment, although officials in Stockley Park later admitted a mistake had been made and he should have been sent off.
Following Saturday’s team, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are now four points ahead of Spurs, which remain in fifth position.
However, the North London team could lose its position should Sheffield United defeat Brighton later on Saturday.