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Sinking Spurs

As the Blues prepare to take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday, we’ve picked out five of our favourite Premier League victories against our London rivals.

Chelsea fans were stung by our last match against Spurs, for it brought to an end our long unbeaten record against them at Stamford Bridge which stretched back a scarcely believable 28 years.

Earlier that season, though, we had beaten them in the first Premier League match to be played at Wembley Stadium when Marcos Alonso’s brilliant double gave us a thrilling 2-1 victory.

That fixture just missed out on selection for our top five, with these crackers living long in the memory for various reasons.

Chelsea 4 Tottenham Hotspur 3 (1993/94)

Chelsea's unbeaten league run, home and away, against Spurs spanned 16 years and featured plenty of thrillers, but few could match this topsy-turvy clash for drama. The visitors raced into a two-goal lead but by half-time we were ahead through Mal Donaghy, Mark Stein and John Spencer. In the second period there were three penalties, with Spurs' Andy Gray scoring one and missing the other, while Stein made no mistake from the spot in the last minute to give us the win.

Chelsea 3 Tottenham Hotspur 1 (1996/97)

There was a sombre mood around Stamford Bridge in the first game after our vice-chairman Matthew Harding died in a helicopter crash, but the Blues produced a performance of which he would have been proud. Although Spurs cancelled out a goal from player-manager Ruud Gullit, a penalty from David Lee – who later went off with a broken leg – and a Roberto Di Matteo strike secured victory on a day when football was an afterthought.

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 6 (1997/98)

New Spurs boss Christian Gross held up a travelcard and declared: “I want this to become my ticket to the dreams.” Instead, it became a Tore Andre Flo-inflicted nightmare as we secured our biggest-ever win at White Hart Lane. The tall Norwegian bagged a hat-trick to announce himself to the Blues faithful, while there were also goals from Roberto Di Matteo, Dan Petrescu and youngster Mark Nicholls.

Chelsea 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (2001/02)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink loved playing against Spurs, netting 10 times in only eight Premier League appearances against them as a Blue. That tally included a perfect hat-trick – right foot, header and left foot – in a 4-0 win in March 2002, which came just a few days after we’d won by the same scoreline in the FA Cup. Frank Lampard was the other scorer to put the seal on a fantastic victory.

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Chelsea 4 (2012/13)

The Blues visited White Hart Lane for the first time after becoming the only London side to win the Champions League and we edged a six-goal thriller thanks to a virtuoso performance by Juan Mata. Spurs had turned the game around after Gary Cahill’s thumping opener, but then the Spaniard took over. First, he drove home an equaliser and then converted a wonderful through-ball by Eden Hazard, before laying on a last-minute goal for Daniel Sturridge.

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