Chelsea returned to winning ways in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, beating Tottenham 2-0 at home.
It was the third time the two sides had met in January, having contested two Carabao Cup semi-finals.
Since Harry Kane’s goal after 40 minutes was ruled out for a foul on Thiago Silva, the first half ended scoreless.
The Blues managed to edge past their opponents in the 47th minute as Hakim Ziyech struck a superb long-range shot to find Hugo Lloris’ top corner.
Chelsea made it 2-0 in the 55th minute through Thiago Silva who leaped high to meet a Mason Mount free-kick with his header to find the back of the Spurs net.
The Blues immediately took the front foot with Mason Mount offering Romelu Lukaku a chance to score in the first minute of the game.
Three minutes later, Hakim Ziyech gave Callum Hudson-Odoi a chance to take the lead but the 21-year-old couldn’t hit the target.
Ziyech then took a chance himself, minutes later Ben Davies managed to deflect wide for Chelsea’s first corner of the game.
Harry Winks had the away team’s first real chance of the afternoon, running forward and shooting Kepa Arrizabalaga in the 14th minute, but the Spaniard was made to deal with it.
Matt Doherty stood on Malang Sarr’s ankle in the 18th minute which led to a nervous VAR review for the away team, but despite some discomfort for Sarr, Doherty managed to rise to the challenge .
The match went on as one would expect of a North London derby, with fierce challenges from both sides. Despite the aggression, only one yellow card was shown in the first 30 minutes, with Thiago Silva earning it.
Chelsea continued to press in front of their home fans but struggled to find the back of the net, while Tottenham looked to counter attack when they could with Harry Kane and Steven Bergwijn up front.
After Ryan Sessegnon made a promising run down the left flank, he put the ball through the middle to Harry Kane who found the back of the net, but the goal was ruled out for a controversial foul on Thiago Silva.
Silva then managed to reach Mason Mount’s corner with his header a few minutes later but he narrowly put the ball over the crossbar.
It didn’t take long for Chelsea to take a second-half lead as Hudson-Odoi rammed down the left flank in the 47th minute, providing Hakim Ziyech with an assist as he delicately placed the ball into the Tottenham’s top corner from outside the box.
Ziyech nearly scored a second goal a minute later, kicking the ball into the same goal frame but Hugo Lloris managed to reach it.
Hudson-Odoi looked for his second assist of the game in the 53rd minute, finding Mason Mount just outside the Spurs penalty area, but the 23-year-old couldn’t hit the target.
Two minutes later, it was Thiago Silva who managed to get his team’s second of the afternoon, hitting a free kick from Mason Mount with a header to make it 2-0 in favor of the local team.
The home side continued to press their opponents high, registering 10 more shots than Tottenham after an hour of play, as well as eight corners.
N’Golo Kante entered the pitch in the 73rd minute to replace Jorginho who was shown a yellow card in the first half.
The remainder of the match became very back and forth, with both sides having their own attacking spells, but it seemed Tottenham’s spirit was gone in the dying minutes of the game.
Harry Kane kicked a 46th-minute header at Kepa Arrizabalaga, who managed to get the ball out for a corner, injuring his finger in the process.
Marcos Alonso then entered the pitch a minute later to replace Callum Hudson-Odoi who received a round of applause for his performance.
Saúl Ñíguez became Chelsea’s third substitute of the afternoon replacing striker Ziyech after being named Man of the Match.