Facing Spurs under the arch
Inside Blue Thu 17 Aug 2017
We have a strong recent record against Tottenham at Wembley.
While Chelsea did not enjoy much success at White Hart Lane in its final few seasons, we have done much better against our London neighbours at their new temporary home.
We only played against Spurs once at the original Wembley Stadium, losing 2-1 in the 1967 FA Cup final. However, since the new stadium was opened in 2007, we have faced our London rivals there on four previous occasions, emerging victorious in three of those games.
2008 League Cup final
Having scored for the Blues in our League Cup wins against Liverpool in 2005 and Arsenal in 2007, Didier Drogba was again on target in the 2008 final as he fired a 39th minute free-kick past a helpless Paul Robinson to give us the lead. However, Spurs levelled through a 70th minute penalty after Wayne Bridge was adjudged to have handled the ball and got the winner in extra-time after Petr Cech’s attempted punch-out ricocheted into his net off Jonathan Woodgate.
2012 FA Cup semi-finals
Drogba continued his habit of finding the net at Wembley when he broke the deadlock against Spurs just before half-time in the 2012 semi-final, swivelling past William Gallas before hammering the ball into the top corner of the net. Juan Mata extended our advantage early in the second half and although Gareth Bale pulled one back for Spurs, a tidy finish by Ramires, a spectacular Frank Lampard free-kick and Florent Malouda’s late effort sealed a memorable 5-1 win.
2015 League Cup final
Chelsea finally got the better of Tottenham in a Wembley final as we lifted the League Cup in 2015. John Terry played a real captain’s role, effectively marshalling the Chelsea backline and breaking the deadlock when he drilled the ball home after Spurs had struggled to clear a Willian free-kick. The Blues sealed a 2-0 win early in the second half after Cesc Fabregas found Diego Costa, whose shot from a tight angle on the left nicked off a defender and beat Hugo Lloris at his near post.
2017 FA Cup semi-finals
In a clash between the top two Premier League teams, Chelsea were pegged back twice before finally finding a way past Spurs. Willian scored twice in the first half, converting a free-kick and a penalty, only for Spurs to twice get back on level terms through Harry Kane and Dele Alli. Eden Hazard replaced Willian just after the hour and the Belgian struck the decisive blow with 20 minutes left, sending a low shot through a crowd of players into the bottom corner of the net. Nemanja Matic added some insurance with a long-range effort as we won 4-2.