A Moment in Time
feature Tue 10 Oct 2017
In the latest instalment of a feature where we look back on memorable matches in our history through a selection of images, we focus on a night when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink stole the headlines and one of our biggest rivals were thumped for the second time in the space of a few days...
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur, Wednesday 13 March 2002, Premier League, Stamford Bridge
During the 2001/02 season the Blues and Tottenham were becoming rather familiar with each other having been paired together in both domestic cup competitions.
In the first of those meetings, the semi-finals of the League Cup, we were beaten heavily at White Hart Lane after winning the first leg 2-1.
Our opportunity for revenge arrived in the FA Cup sixth round and, on that occasion, it proved to be a far more memorable trip to N17 as we produced a brilliant performance and ran out 4-0 winners.
Just three days later Tottenham were our opponents again, this time in the second league meeting of the season between the sides, and if any Chelsea supporters had feared an FA Cup hangover they need not have worried as Hasselbaink took centre stage.
Claudio Ranieri's side had started the game on the front foot and we were rewarded when Hasselbaink, who had spotted Neil Sullivan off his line, expertly chipped the ball over the visiting keeper to break the deadlock.
Tottenham's cause was not helped when just after the hour, left-back Mauricio Taricco was sent off for a bad challenge on Graeme Le Saux. It was a reversal of roles for the pair after Le Saux had been dismissed in the FA Cup tie a few days earlier for a foul on the Argentine. Former Chelsea midfielder Gustavo Poyet and Tim Sherwood look on below as Taricco is given his marching orders.
Just eight minutes later Hasselbaink all but wrapped the points up when he got between Ledley King and Chris Perry, the Spurs central-defensive partners, to head home from a brilliant Jesper Gronkjaer cross.
There was still time for Hasselbaink's night to get even better, and he thrilled the home supporters by completing the perfect hat-trick - right foot, header, left foot - late on. It was a goal of the highest quality as the Dutchman picked the ball up on the right-hand side, shifted inside and curled a delightful strike beyond Sullivan. Below he takes the acclaim of supporters in the Matthew Harding Stand.
Frank Lampard compounded the misery for those visiting supporters who remained inside Stamford Bridge right at the death when he reacted quickest to pounce on a rebound and blast a powerful drive into the back of the net, capping a wonderful few days for the Chelsea faithful.
The result ensured it was, at that point, 12 years without a win at the Bridge for our London rivals.
Tottenham's fortunes in SW6 have not improved since and they remain in search of their first victory at our ground since February 1990.