In her latest blog for the Chelsea website, season ticket holder Hannah Kurzawski reflects on a fine London derby victory...
The general consensus amongst Chelsea fans on the Fulham Broadway-bound District line train before our clash with Tottenham last week was that if we played like we did against Manchester City on Sunday, we’d stand a good chance of claiming all three points again.
The Chelsea team which matched City for 120 minutes in the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley at the weekend was a different calibre to the team that had suffered the 6-0 loss just two weeks prior.
It was the same group of players, just with a revitalised sense of unison, fight and grit, which took the Blues tantalisingly close to a sixth League Cup win. The resulting penalty shoot-out decided it wasn’t to be, but despite the inevitable disappointment, there was a sense of encouragement and optimism after such a great the team performance.
After the fireworks and light display that has become a regular feature before kick off, Chelsea started strongly right from the off, accompanied by a chorus of ‘We’ve won it all’ from the Blues fans around Stamford Bridge.
Within the first few minutes Higuain had already rattled the post, and the Chelsea noise only built from there. You can always expect a great atmosphere whenever we play Spurs, and yesterday evening was no different, with every Tottenham chant routinely drowned out by singing from Blues fans.
No love lost between these two London rivals, as usual. Timely reminders comparing trophy hauls was the general theme behind the singing.
When Pedro finally found the back of the net just before the hour mark, Stamford Bridge erupted. It was wholly deserved and reflective of the brilliant game the Spaniard was having, causing all sorts of problems for Spurs on the wing. Pedro along with Kovacic, Kante and David Luiz really stood out for me in last night’s display, and it was hard to tell that the latter two had played the full 120 minutes against City just a few days prior.
While some would have expected the Blues to perhaps be a little sluggish and tired after Sunday’s cup final, the opposite was in fact the case, with Chelsea holding the same intensity and pace for the majority of the game, playing the kind of football we had seen at the start of the season.
The result was sealed after Tottenham’s calamitous own goal, and of course it went down tremendously well with the Chelsea fans. The ball seemed to almost roll in slow motion into the back of the net, with Willian following close behind to make sure it ended up there.
If we can continue with the type of performances we saw against City and Spurs, we have every chance of qualifying for Champions League football next season. This weekend sees us take on another London derby just a few minutes down the road at Craven Cottage. Come on Chelsea!