Chelsea cruised to victory against Tottenham thanks to goals from Hazard, Drogba and Remy.
The Blues, who have never lost at home to Tottenham for 25 years, got off to a shaky start with big chances for Harry Kane who hit the bar, but two goals in two minutes with a quarter of the match gone helped Chelsea dictate the play.
First, Hazard in the 19th minute was on the end of a give-and-go with Didier Drogba, firing the ball underneath Lloris’ body.
The provider Drogba then became goal-scorer within minutes, set up by Oscar and taking two touches to compose himself before firing past the Tottenham goalkeeper. It was Lloris’ initial mistake which Chelsea capitalised on.
Then game periods of classic Mourinho containment. Tottenham had their chances and Kane was without doubt their best player, but even in the second half when the inexperienced Zouma had to come on in place of Cahill, there was no real test of Courtois.
It left Chelsea to see the game out, but not before Remy got a slice of the action, rolling neatly away from Vertonghen before wrong-footing Lloris.
Man of the Match
DIDIER DROGBA: He was not even on the field for one-third of the match but he made the most of what his body could cope with, providing the assist to kick Chelsea off and hammering home the second into Tottenham’s wounds. He may now only be a bit-part player with Costa the main man but he thrives in these big occasions, and though evidently very tired, not a bad shift for a 36-year-old. 8/10
Mourinho was happy but realistic: “They started better than us and should have scored before us. I’m really happy with the points, performance and spirit of the players. It’s too heavy a result, though, for Tottenham.”
Pochettino was rueful: “We’re very disappointed because we created some chances to score and after we conceded in Chelsea’s first action, the game changed. After two or three minutes we made a mistake and they scored again.”