Chelsea boost European hopes and deal Spurs a blow to top four: 5 talking points

CHELSEA 2-0 TOTTENHAM: Goals from Trevoh Chalobah and Nicolas Jackson give the Blues three much-needed points in their European bid to dent Spurs’ top-four hopes.

Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-0 at Stamford Bridge(fake images)

Chelsea dealt a blow to Tottenham’s Champions League hopes and boosted their own chances of a European finish with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

Looking to get their top-six bid back on track after failing to win their last two matches, the Blues started on the front foot and almost took the lead within the first five minutes. However, excellent defense by Micky van de Ven prevented Nicolas Jackson’s shot from going through.

It was a positive start from Mauricio Pochettino’s side and they deservedly opened the scoring midway through the first half when Trevor Chalobah headed in Conor Gallagher’s free-kick.

Tottenham, who were dismal in the first half, improved at the start of the second half and looked better after Ange Postecoglou made a triple substitution, but their task of getting back into the game became much more difficult when Chelsea doubled their lead. In the 72nd minute, Nicolas Jackson scored after Cole Palmer’s shot hit the crossbar.

The Blues managed the match skillfully in the closing stages to seal a much-needed victory in hopes of qualifying for Europe. Here are five talking points…

Rare Chalobah Hit

Having started the match brilliantly, Chelsea deservedly opened the scoring midway through the first half. Conor Gallagher unleashed a delightful free kick to the back post which was met by the head of Chalobah who directed the ball towards goal and into the far top corner.

It was a good header from the 24-year-old, who had to wait around four minutes for the goal to be officially awarded after a lengthy VAR check to check for offside and a foul in the build-up. However, once awarded, Chalobah was able to properly celebrate his first goal since March 2022.

Chalobah has enjoyed a remarkable career-saving move at Chelsea in recent months. The former Ipswich loanee had not played under Mauricio Pochettino until February, but since then he has started six of their last nine league games to become a vital member of the team.