The unusual suspects

While the likes of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Frank Lampard lead the way in terms of Premier League goals against Spurs, our London rivals have also been on the receiving end of a few by defenders.

Since the English top flight was rebranded in 1992, Chelsea can point to a fantastic record against Tottenham Hotspur. It took until 2006 for our first defeat to them in the competition, while our only home loss came last April.

While more traditional goalscorers can take plenty of credit for that record, with Hasselbaink, Lampard, Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and Tore Andre Flo finding the back of the net on a regular basis versus Spurs, we can also point to some vital strikes from those whose primary job is keeping out the opposition.

Take our most recent Premier League win against them, which came in August 2017 in their first league fixture at their temporary home of Wembley Stadium. When the Blues needed a hero, that man was Marcos Alonso, who curled home a delightful free-kick and fired in a late winner to score both our goals in a 2-1 victory.

Another member of our current squad, Gary Cahill, also has a couple to his name against the boys from White Hart Lane. As well as netting in our memorable comeback in 2016, which ensured Leicester City were crowned Premier League champions, our club captain also volleyed in a spectacular effort when we beat them 4-2 at the Lane seven years ago.

Plenty of you will recall John Terry's opener in the 2015 League Cup final, which helped us to a 2-0 victory at Wembley, but our former captain, leader, legend also scored a bullet header at the Lane in 2013 to earn us a share of the spoils.

His regular partner for many successful years at the Bridge was Ricardo Carvalho, who will go down as one of the finest centre-halves in our history. Goalscoring most definitely wasn't Riccy's forte, let alone long-distance efforts, but in 2007 he smashed in a thunderbolt from miles out which certainly came as a bolt from the blue as far as Spurs keeper Paul Robinson was concerned.

An even better strike against Spurs came from the right boot of Juliano Belletti, who won the club's Goal of the Season award in 2007/08. He did it again against the same opponents later in the year, albeit in less spectacular fashion.

It was an emotional day at Stamford Bridge as the Blues took on Spurs in March 2006 in our first home game since Peter Osgood passed away. William Gallas hit a stunning last-minute winner, which was a fitting tribute to the King of Stamford Bridge.

Spurs were also our opponents in the first match after the death of vice-chairman Matthew Harding. David Lee tucked away a penalty to ensure we took the points, although he also broke his leg later in the game, so it was a bittersweet memory for a man who is blue through and through.

As an ex-Arsenal man, Ashley Cole always enjoyed beating Tottenham and he certainly had a decent record against them with both the Gunners and Chelsea. Like Carvalho, the left-back wasn't known for his goalscoring, but he was prolific in our 2009/10 Double-winning season, netting four times – including this diving header at the back stick in a 3-0 win over Spurs.

Bernard Lambourde is not a name which crops up often, despite the Frenchman offering back-up to the much-loved Blues side of the late-Nineties. However, when he is mentioned it is usually in relation to his winner against Spurs in February 2000.

Much like Lambourde, Asier Del Horno saved his best Chelsea moment for a game against Spurs as he netted in a 2-0 win at White Hart Lane in our title-winning 2005/06 season.

Marcel Desailly only scored seven times for Chelsea, which is presumably why Spurs left him completely unmarked at the back stick in the last minute of a game which had been locked at 2-2 in September 2001. Even he couldn't miss from there...

And, lastly, a 4-3 thriller at the Bridge in February 1994 included the last professional goal scored by Mal Donaghy – something of a collector's item as before he had joined the Blues, he hadn't scored for five years.

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