Goals in each half from Trevoh Chalobah and Nicolas Jackson secured a deserved 2-0 victory for Chelsea over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.

The game wasn’t quite as dramatic as our previous victory over Spurs this season but still provided plenty of incident across the 90-plus minutes. Most importantly, the Blues were deserving winners.

Chalobah steered a header home from a Conor Gallagher free-kick midway through an opening period we dominated at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues were forced into more defensive work in the second period but we doubled with 18 minutes to go as a Cole Palmer free-kick crashed off the crossbar and Jackson was on hand to guide the rebound beyond Guglielmo Vicario and secure the three points.

A fast start

Mauricio Pochettino made a sole change from the side that drew at Aston Villa. Alfie Gilchrist replaced Thiago Silva in defence – the Brazilian was one of 14 senior players absent through injury.

The Blues started at a ferocious pace in a red-hot atmosphere at the Bridge, and we nearly made a dream start when Mykhailo Mudryk broke forward down the left channel and slipped the ball through to Jackson.

One-on-one with Vicario, the Senegal international's effort clipped the inside of the Tottenham goalkeeper's thigh and needed Micky van de Ven to hook the shot clear. The ball did land at the feet of Palmer, but he didn't have time to react and turn it home.

Chelsea were quickly back on the attack and two efforts on goal were fashioned. Mudryk had the first as he drove forward into the Tottenham box only to blaze his effort wide after beating Pedro Porro.

The second came from a burst forward and cross from Marc Cucurella that rolled invitingly into the path of Alfie Gilchrist 20 yards from goal. There was little hesitation from the Academy graduate who fired goalward but his shot cleared the crossbar.

The breakthrough

There was no let-up from Pochettino's side, who were roared on throughout the contest. Noni Madueke was next to threaten the Tottenham goal as he cut inside, beat two defenders and whipped a strike narrowly over.

Chelsea deserved a goal. It arrived in the 24th minute. Gallagher stepped up and delivered a free-kick toward the back post, it was met by the head of Chalobah whose effort looped over Vicario and into the Tottenham net.

It was a fine finish from the Academy graduate in front of the Shed End. A length VAR check followed but the goal was eventually handed to the Blues. We had our advantage.

And that was almost doubled on the half-hour mark by Mudryk, who collected the ball from Cole Palmer and then looked to find the far corner from 18 yards. The pace on the shot was correct, the accuracy was just slightly off and the ball flashed beyond the post.

Tottenham did cause a brief scare just before the interval as Cristian Romero glanced a header beyond Djordje Petrovic but also the post. Pape Sarr was then denied as Chalobah produced an important block to send us in ahead at the interval.

Staying on top

A reaction from Tottenham was anticipated, but while the visitors had much of the possession in the second period they didn't force Petrovic into too many meaningful saves.

The first meaningful opportunity of the second period came our way as a swift counter-attack led by Jackson resulted in Madueke sweeping the ball into the feet of Palmer. The 21-year-old leaned back, however, and his effort went too high.

Moments later, our top scorer produced a neat piece of skill to create space in the box, only for a last-ditch block from Emerson Royal to save the visitors.

Petrovic was worked by an effort from Pedro Porro as Spurs attempted to turn up the pressure. But then came our second of the evening – and an instinctive finish from Jackson.

Doubling our lead

Cucurella won a free-kick 20 yards from goal and Palmer stepped up to take. His curled effort dipped quickly and struck the underside of the crossbar.

As the ball bounced high, Jackson reacted, positioned himself well, and then guided a header into the corner under pressure.

Spurs did come close to responding immediately but the unmarked Brennan Johnson could only fire into the side netting. Another Palmer free-kick then forced a save from Vicario as the Blues pressed for a third.

Pochettino introduced Josh Acheampong late on for his senior Chelsea debut as we attempted to see out the game with a clean sheet. There was a late chance for substitute Rodrigo Bentancur, but his tame shot went wide.

The final whistle sounded soon. The Blues had returned to winning ways in fine style.

What it means

The three points move us into eighth in the Premier League table, above West Ham United who we face on Sunday at the Bridge. We are only two points off Newcastle United a place above us, and three behind Manchester United who occupy the final Europa League spot.

What is next

We return to the Bridge for our next Premier League game – also an all-London affair –when we welcome West Ham this Sunday. Kick-off is scheudled for 2pm.

The teams

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Petrovic; Gilchrist (Acheampong 84), Chalobah, Badiashile, Cucurella; Gallagher (c), Caicedo; Madueke, Palmer, Mudryk (Casadei 75); Jackson (Tauriainen 93).
Unused subs: Bettinelli, Sturge, Dyer, Castledine, George, Deivid.
Goals: Chalobah 24', Jackson 72'

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Vicario; Porro, Romero, van de Ven, Royal (Lo Celso 85); Bissouma (Hojbjerg 62), Sarr (Maddison 62); Kulusevski, Son (c), Johnson (Gil 77); Richarlison (Bentancur 62
Unused subs: Austin, Skipp, Dragusin, Moore
Booked: van de Ven

Referee: Robert Jones

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