The Blues and Spurs continue a long rivalry later today and here, with the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we recall some of the past meetings between the sides.
We Have History
Chelsea were one of only two teams to win at Wembley against Tottenham in the Premier League last term. The Blues have managed 21 shut-outs in the top flight against Spurs; no opponent has failed to score on more occasions.
Last season’s 2-1 victory at Wembley was only the second in 12 Premier League away meetings with Tottenham. It was Spurs’ first league game at the national stadium, and Chelsea arrived as reigning champions.
Despite his club’s record of two wins in their previous 10 visits to the stadium, coach Mauricio Pochettino had been upbeat in the build-up, claiming ‘Wembley is the most important place in the world and if we are not able to win there it is not because of Wembley, it is because of us.’
In the end they were unable to win because of a brilliant brace from Marcos Alonso. Relive a great day for Blues fans here.
Since Wembley was re-opened in 1997, Chelsea have played Spurs five times there. Tottenham won the League Cup final 2-1 in 2008 but Chelsea have won the last four: the FA Cup semi-final in 2012 (5-1), the 2015 League Cup final (2-0), the 2017 FA Cup semi-final (4-2), and last season’s Premier League clash (2-1).
As a result of their stadium redevelopment and temporary switch to Wembley, Spurs’ 6-1 thrashing by the Blues just before Christmas 1997 will remain their worst ever defeat at the old White Hart Lane. Savour that remarkable victory for Ruud Gullit’s men here.
On 24 Nov 1917 an injured WW1 soldier, who’d not spoken a word since returning from the trenches 18 months earlier, suddenly shouted ‘Goal!’ Chelsea scoring against Arsenal to make it 4-3 at Stamford Bridge had restored his power of speech.
Tottenham have been successful in three of their past seven meetings with Chelsea and would complete wins in consecutive league games against us for the first time since August 1987, should they win this weekend’s game.
Chelsea have won 27 of the 52 Premier League clashes to date, with the Lilywhites prevailing in six, and 19 being drawn.
Biggest league win at Tottenham for each team:
09/10/1920 - Tottenham 5-0 Chelsea
06/12/1997 - Tottenham 1-6 Chelsea (pictured below)
Our last away Premier League meeting at Tottenham
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 CHELSEA 2
Premier League, Wembley Stadium, 20.08.17, 4pm
Tottenham Hotspur (4-3-2-1): Lloris (c); Trippier (Janssen 90+1), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies (Sissoko 80); Dier (Son 68), Wanyama, Dembele; Eriksen, Alli; Kane
Unused subs: Vorm, Walker-Peters, Winks, Wimmer.
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Booked: Dier, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Kane
Scorer: Batshuayi own goal 82
Chelsea (3-5-1-1): Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rüdiger; Moses, Bakayoko, David Luiz, Kanté, Alonso; Willian (Pedro 78); Morata (Batshuayi 78).
Unused subs: Caballero, Tomori, Scott, Kenedy, C Musonda.
Head Coach: Antonio Conte
Booked: Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso.
Scorers: Alonso 24, 88
Referee: Anthony Taylor