Stamford Bridge At Night

The rivalry between Chelsea and Tottenham has been an underrated one in the grand scheme of things. Many football fans look to the Manchester or Merseyside derby when it comes to tension between two English clubs. There is always that special feeling when the Blues face Spurs, whether that’s at Stamford Bridge, White Hart Lane or Wembley.

When Tottenham come to town, the Bridge has provided us with some fabulous memories, especially in the last 28 years. It doesn’t seem natural to read a headline of Chelsea losing to our rivals north of the capital border at home. You have to trace back to February 10th 1990 to see the previous time this happened, when Gary Lineker’s late winner earned our opponents a rare win at SW6.

Since then it’s been pure domination from Chelsea in this fixture. With so many classics to choose from, TalkChelsea have highlighted five of the best matches against Tottenham at home.

Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur – 2002

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s goals in the big games were the main reason for being a favourite for the Chelsea faithful. The Dutchman showcased the perfect striker’s performance in this thrashing of Spurs. Two curling efforts with the left and right foot along with a thumping header, capped an unstoppable performance from Hasselbaink. Frank Lampard put even more gloss on an emphatic scoreline.

Chelsea 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur – 1994

A game that not many Chelsea fans from the younger generation will know of, the seven goals in this clash sums up what a thriller it was. It’s hard to believe both Chelsea and Tottenham were scrambling in the bottom half of the Premier League 24 years ago. After coming back from 2-0 down, the home side went into half-time with a 3-2 lead. However, Spurs received two penalties in the second half. The first was converted, the second was saved. At 3-3 approaching added time, Chelsea was given a penalty ourselves that was scored by Mark Stein, ending what was a pulsating match.

Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur – 2006

In the second season of Jose Mourinho’s first spell at Chelsea, we were on our way to become back-to-back champions, a monumental occasion for the club. However, Tottenham wanted to dent any hopes of another title triumph. It wasn’t to be as their dreaded 16-year run kept on going. Martin Jol’s side were close to claiming a precious point in their ambitions for Champions League football. William Gallas, who later went on to play for Spurs, scored a sensational long-range goal to steal the three points for Chelsea.

Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur – 2014

Chelsea’s authority over Tottenham couldn’t be clearer in this game as the visitors made several errors in what was a big win at the top of the table. Despite Manchester City going on to win the league in this season, this game still won’t be forgotten by fans. Samuel Eto’o opened the scoring before Eden Hazard’s penalty made it 2-0. A late brace from Demba Ba summed up a miserable night for Tim Sherwood’s men. Wouldn’t it be great if Antonio Conte’s side could replicate this score on Sunday?

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur – 2016

An unforgettable match in a forgettable season for Chelsea, the Blues had nothing to play for as we were destined with a mid-table finish. However, Tottenham had aspirations of their own as they were chasing surprise league leaders Leicester City. It looked like the 26-year unbeaten run against Spurs at the Bridge would be coming to an end as we fell behind 2-0 going into the interval. Gary Cahill got one back for us and we pushed to get an equaliser, Hazard stepped up to the plate. The Belgian started what was a magnificent move that saw the ball sail into the top corner. Emotions had got the better of Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who accumulated nine (yes nine!) yellow cards on the night.

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