The Blues managed an excellent 2-1 win over rivals Spurs on Saturday in arguably one of their most important games of the season, crucially retaining their fourth place spot in the table.
Without a doubt, every Chelsea player put in a superb shift that afternoon, meaning it was hard to narrow it down to just five points. However, here are the top five things we learnt from that ecstatic afternoon at the Bridge.
Olivier Giroud: The Forgotten Stiker
A special mention is needed for this man, with Olivier Giroud securing the first goal in the latest 2-1 thriller. The French international, who has been overlooked by the likes of both Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi in recent times, scored an incredible goal against the Lilywhites – rightfully claiming himself as a potential contender for future games. Giroud controlled the ball well and scored from a powerful strike which resulted in a great finish from the forward, after being denied by Hugo Lloris just moments earlier. Despite the 33-year-old being linked with a move away from the West London side, the Frenchman showed great professionalism – and his celebration proved just how important this goal was.
Mason Mount: The Youngster Who Stole the Show
As previously mentioned, the entire Chelsea squad showed excellent drive on Saturday afternoon, but Mason Mount’s performance was regarded as one of the best on the pitch. The 21-year-old’s work rate was once again praised against the Lilywhites – and the run he made during the build up play for Marcos Alonso’s goal was superb. There is no denying the youngster’s passion for the club, especially during important games like this. However, we should also give credit to Ross Barkley as the fellow midfielder was heavily involved in both goals for the Blues and had a great game at the weekend.
Another Frank Lampard Masterclass
It appears that Frank Lampard simply loves going against Jose Mourinho, with the gaffer winning a total three games out of three against the former Chelsea boss (two this season and one during his Derby days against Manchester United). The 41-year-old got the formation spot on, reverting to a 3-4-2-1 and introducing Alonso back into the squad after playing his last game for the Blues in the fourth round of the FA Cup against Hull City. However, it worked out perfectly for the English manager, with the Spaniard claiming the second goal of the game and posing an attacking threat during the entirety of the match.
VAR Drama (Again)
Once again, Chelsea were faced with some unconvincing decisions by VAR. Earlier this week, there was controversy surrounding Harry Maguire’s challenge on Batshuayi – and now a tackle by Giovani Lo Celo on Chelsea’s captain has faced similar scrutiny. The Argentinian placed his studs dangerously into Cesar’s Azpilicueta’s calf in the early moments of the second half. However, the 23-year-old was allowed to stay on the pitch, with the Chelsea boss later stating the decision as ‘not good enough’. Although the Blues still managed to come away from the game with the full three points, this poor decision could have led to a severely disappointing result for the London side.
Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho Partnership: Pure Class
These two players have been absolutely superb this season, with each midfielder showing their worth in the latest match. Statistically, Kovacic was the best player on the pitch on Saturday – completing every take-on he attempted during the game. The Croatian is able to control the midfield well alongside the Italian – who is known for his strong leadership and vision of the game. Jorginho’s pass to Giroud for the first goal was particularly impressive – and it appeared playing without N’Golo Kante wasn’t a problem for the boys in blue.