Chelsea 4 Sp*rs 0
Chelsea moved seven points clear at the top of the league with a 4-0 demolition of Sp*rs at Stamford Bridge. After a frustrating first half the Blues capitalised on some shambolic defending from the visitors to take the lead through Samuel Eto’o. Eden Hazard added a penalty soon after and two late strikes from Demba Ba sealed the win against T*m Sh*rwood’s men.
Eto’o was a late inclusion in the starting line-up after Fernando Torres injured himself during the warm-up, with Frank Lampard’s inclusion in place of Oscar the only other change from the side which beat Fulham.
José Mourinho’s side should have found themselves in front early on when Eto’o sent Hazard clear and he took the ball around Ll*ris in the Sp*rs goal. Unfortunately, he snapped his effort at goal while off balance and from a tight angle, sending the ball into the side netting rather than the back of the net.
The visitors weren’t providing much of a threat in the early stages, although there was a sharp intake of breath around Stamford Bridge when Ad*bayor caught out Branislav Ivanovic and sent B*ntaleb through on goal. Thankfully for Chelsea he shot wide of the mark but Sp*rs tested Petr Cech properly later in the half through S*ndro, who saw his low effort tipped around the post.
Chelsea managed an effort of their own when Eto’o nabbed the ball from B^ntaleb but shot wide, leaving the game scoreless at the break. Mourinho may well have felt like giving his players the silent treatment for the second game running after an uninspiring performance, and this time he made a personnel change, with Oscar coming on for Lampard.
Sp*rs initially looked like they might cause Chelsea some problems in the second-half when K*boul forced a save from Cech with a header but it was soon the Blues who were on top.
There was a great opportunity for Andre Schürrle to open the scoring when he got behind the Sp*rs defence but then miscued his shot on goal. There were perhaps some Chelsea supporters who thought it might be one of those frustrating afternoons, but thankfully the German’s miss was soon put to the back of everyone’s minds.
V*rtonghen was an unlikely hero when he slipped over inside his own half and then inexplicably hacked the ball back towards goal. Eto’o burst through to pick up the ball and kept his cool before slipping it into the back of the net.
It was deserved on the balance of play and things kept getting better for Chelsea when they grabbed a second goal minutes later. Again Eto’o went through on goal but this time K*boul took him out and referee Oliver pointed to the spot and showed the French defender the red card.
Hazard stepped up with his usual touch of arrogance and sent Ll*ris the wrong way to make it 2-0 and a big step on the way to all three points.
Sp*rs were all at sea and it looked like Chelsea were going to coast through the rest of the game, but there was worse to come for the visitors. Oscar should have made it 3-0 when Willian found him inside the box but he blasted his effort over the bar when he should have at least hit the target. It didn’t matter though, because substitute Demba Ba was to add two more goals to cap off a terrific evening. There was more awful defending from the visitors when S*ndro made a hash of a cross and Ba nipped in to smash the ball home before the worst mistake of the day saw W*lker head the ball back to Ll*ris with Ba lurking. The Senegalese stole the ball from the ‘keeper and fired home into an empty net to make it 4-0 and complete the rout. Sp*rs’ Champions League hopes seem to be over and Chelsea go marching on.
Chelsea; Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Matic, Lampard (Oscar h/t), Hazard, Eto’o (Ba 76),
Schurrle (Willian 66)
Unused subs; Schwarzer, Kalas, Mikel, Salah
Chelsea scorers; Eto’o 55, Hazard 59 pen, Ba 88, 89
Booked; Lampard, Azpilicueta
Referee; M Oliver