Premiership - December 6th 1997
There was little at stake other than three league points and the protection of an unbeaten record against Tottenham that stretched back over seven years when we travelled to White Hart Lane in December 1997. What followed was our biggest ever away win against London opposition.
The first half was a very even contest and there was no indication to suggest what would transpire in the second period. Gianfranco Zola set up Tore Andre Flo after 40 minutes but Spurs still had time to equalise before the break.
Roberto Di Matteo scored his customary goal against Spurs early on and from then on the home side fell apart as we played pass and move football with great confidence and effortlessness. Dan Petrescu from a glorious pass by Frank Leboeuf, and Tore Andre Flo again made it four.
Even Mark Nicholls, an early substitute for Celestine Babayaro, found his way onto the scoresheet with his first goal for Chelsea. Then finally, with almost the last kick of the game, Flo completed his hat-trick. He easily beat the offside trap and chipped the keeper from the edge of the area with no Tottenham defenders within several yards.
By then there were very few people left in the stadium to witness the massacre. Almost all the home fans had left, while the redevelopment of White Hart Lane had restricted the number of tickets to Chelsea supporters. At least those who could get in had plenty to celebrate.