After a close first half, Chelsea pulled away in the second and easily dispatched of Tottenham Hotspur by a score of 4-0. A clumsy challenge by Younes Kaboul and his resulting dismissal gave the Blues space to work with, and the final score didn't necessarily reflect the product we saw on the pitch.
Samuel Eto'o opened the scoring, capitalizing on a mistake from Jan Vertonghen before Kaboul brought down the Chelsea striker and Eden Hazard converted from the spot. Demba Ba added two late strikes to set the final score.
The four-goal difference equaled a personal best for Jose Mourinho, as shared by 8 Fact Football:
More impressive, Chelsea Stats tells us Mourinho's teams have kept a clean sheet in half of their city derbies:
Eto'o put in an excellent performance and took a subtle shot at his coach during his goal celebration, as reported by NBC Sports Soccer:
Mourinho told Canal+ his team would not be able to win the title because of his lack of strikers and made a reference about the age of Eto'o, as reported by Liam Prenderville of the Mirror.
But the Portuguese coach defused the situation perfectly, as reported by ESPN's Miguel Delaney:
The win gives Chelsea a little more breathing space at the top of the table, but Mourinho was in no mood to speak about the title. His comments on the current standings were classic Mourinho, per Tweet Chelsea FC:
His colleague, Tim Sherwood, had less reasons to celebrate. His team put up a good fight for 45 minutes but crumbled after the goal early in the second half and ended up conceding an embarrassing four goals.
As reported by Addicted to Spurs, Sherwood wasn't satisfied by the lack of character his team showed on the pitch:
CNN's Daniel Wright even felt like perhaps Sherwood went a little too far, as the inexperienced manager was visibly upset at his players:
Tottenham Talk didn't have a problem with it, however:
If this little goodie (and possibly soon-to-be-viral hit) is any indication, Monday's practise will not be a pleasant one for the Spurs' players:
The loss to Chelsea leaves Tottenham trailing Manchester City by four points, and the Citizens have three games in hand. A top-four finish seems all but impossible for the Lilywhites.
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