Chelsea v Tottenham: Ten memorable Blues victories against Spurs

Chelsea fans have been spoilt when it comes to wins over Tottenham. The teams have met 61 times in all competitions since the club returned to the top flight, with 35 Blues wins and just six victories for Spurs. Here are just a few of the games that linger in the memory, and a few you may wish to forget prior to Sunday’s Capital One Cup final meeting at Wembley.

Ten top triumphs over Tottenham

Tottenham 1 Chelsea 4 – Division One, September 1989
Chelsea are back. The away fans weren’t there to witness a thumping win in the bright September sunshine at White Hart Lane because of the ground being developed. But it was more of a demolition job to those who witnessed it, with Kerry Dixon scoring the opener as a Tottenham side that included Gazza and Gary Lineker were crushed. Steve Clarke and two from Kevin Wilson sealed a glorious performance as the previous season’s Division Two title winners properly announced their arrival back in the top flight.

Tottenham 1 Chelsea 2 – Premiership, December 1992
Eddie Newton, goalpoacher. Eddie Newton abandoned his normal midfield role late on and scored two goals as a makeshift striker, before an emerging talent scored for Spurs to make it 2-1 with a couple of minutes left. Solzeer Campbell, then considered a striker, came on to set up a nervy finale but Chelsea held on for a memorable win from a poor game that exploded in to life in the closing stages.

Eddie Newton
Newton scored in a memorable win against Spurs

Chelsea 4 Tottenham 3 – Premiership, February 1994
Defences go walkabout. Two ordinary sides struggling for confidence but managed by legends played out a thrilling game that saw Chelsea trail 2-0, lead 3-2 and then pegged back to 3-3, before winning it in dramatic fashion when Mark Stein crashed home a last-minute penalty winner high in to the corner of the net. Andy Gray missed a penalty that would have put Spurs 4-3 up before Stein’s nerveless spot-kick earned a precious victory that went a long way to bringing much-needed confidence in the fight against relegation and helping the club reach the FA Cup final. We won’t dwell on the latter. Hell of a goal from John Spencer too.

Tottenham 1 Chelsea 6 – Premiership, December 1997
Going with the Flo. A win and performance that was as emphatic as it was embarrassing for the hosts. Tore Andre Flo scored a splendid hat-trick and the away side could have had double figures. Ruud Gullit’s “sexy football” at its very best as gloating Chelsea fans were treated to a pre-Christmas treat in about as one-sided a derby as you can dream off. Total annihilation.

Chelsea 4 Tottenham 0 – Premiership, March 2002
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink perfection. Leaping header, right-foot curler and a left-foot curler for the dream hat-trick. Do you recall who got the other goal? Do you care? It was Jimmy’s day. Oh, and it came just three days after another 4-0 win over Spurs, as Eidur Gudjohnsen scored twice in a very one-sided FA Cup victory at White Hart Lane.

Hasselbaink, now Burton manager, tore Spurs to shreds
Hasselbaink, now Burton manager, tore Spurs to shreds

Chelsea 4 Tottenham 2 – Premiership, September 2003
After Roman comes Claude. The Roman Abramovich era is really taking effect and blinding atmosphere greets the teams and helps inspire a resounding win. Adrian Mutu scores a couple of fine goals. Joe Cole delights the crowd and a chap called Claude Makelele comes on as a substitute for his debut appearance. How did he do in a Chelsea shirt?

Chelsea 2 Tottenham 1 – Premiership March 2006
Gallas glory. William Gallas cuts inside and spanks home an unstoppable 20-yard strike into the far corner. Any last-minute winner against Spurs is wonderful for Chelsea fans, but this was extra special. The celebrations from the players showed how much it meant.

Chelsea 2 Tottenham 1 – Premier League, April 2011
Enjoying the lucky breaks. Another late win and there’s something naughtily satisfying about being lucky. Frank Lampard’s equaliser appeared not to cross the line and Salomon Kalou’s winner looked offside. Spurs complained bitterly – and rightly so. But Chelsea were unable to take advantage and push on to bridge the gap on leaders Manchester United in the last couple of weeks of the season.

Tottenham 1 Chelsea 5 – FA Cup semi-final, April 2012
Mata ghosts in as Blues run riot. Didier Drogba’s stunning first-half goal was followed by a controversial “ghost goal” from Juan Mata to put the Chelsea in command and although Gareth Bale replied, Roberto Di Matteo’s side romped to victory. Ramires chipped a third and a delightful Frank Lampard free-kick and a simple late finish from Florent Malouda made it five. Spurs unlucky, demoralised and outclassed all in the same game.

Mata starred in the semi-final demolition job
Mata starred in the semi-final demolition job

Chelsea 4 Tottenham 0 – Premier League March 2014
“Old man” Eto’o and Demba’s double. Tottenham crumble in spectacular style in a shocking second-half that leaves manager Tim Sherwood raging. “Old man” Samuel Eto’o nets the opener after Jan Vertonghen’s error, and Eden Hazard slots a second from the penalty spot after Younes Kaboul is sent off. Demba Ba’s late double gives the scoreline a lovely, albeit slightly lop-sided, feel.

And four games Chelsea fans would like to forget…..

Chelsea 1 Tottenham 2 – Division One, February 1990
Gary, Gary, Gary, Gary Lineker. A last-minute winner from England’s Gary Lineker, after Dave Beasant and Tony Dorigo get in a pickle, gifts Spurs the points at Stamford Bridge. Had you said Chelsea would not lose to Tottenham at home for at least another 25 years, most fans would have been probably pessimistically presumed that may well have been because we were playing in different divisions.

Tottenham 5 Chelsea 1 – League Cup semi-final, January 2002
Hoddle haunts Chelsea. Leading 2-1 from the first leg, Chelsea completely and utterly cave in. Spurs seemingly score at will and Mikael Forssell’s late goal to make it 5-1 barely raised a cheer. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was sent off at 3-0 down but by then the game looked dead. Spurs, managed by Glenn Hoddle, recorded their first win over the Blues in 27 matches. They brought out a DVD in celebration and printed Blue Murder T-shirts.

Tottenham 2 Chelsea 1 – League Cup final, March 2008
Second best. The hunt for an unlikely quadruple for Avram Grant’s team ends at Wembley despite Didier Drogba’s free-kick opener. Dimitar Berbatov levelled from the spot and Jonathan Woodgate won it for Spurs in extra-time.

Tottenham 5 Chelsea 3 – Premier League, January 2015
Did that really happen? A ridiculous game that started well when Diego Costa tapped in. But an uncharacteristic quickfire capitulation gifted Spurs a telling 3-1 interval lead. Chelsea still managed to create – and miss – a silly amount of chances though, and could easily have won about 8-5. It’s easy to to forget that. Room for revenge and plenty of reason for optimism come Sunday. That loss hurt Jose.

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