Oliver Skipp’s second-half stunner set Tottenham on their way to a 2-0 win over Chelsea – the first time they have beaten their rivals at their new stadium – and heaped yet more pressure on Blues boss Graham Potter.
Chelsea had beaten their rivals in all three previous Premier League meetings at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium without conceding a goal but rarely threatened to continue that record as they produced another hugely underwhelming display.
The west Londoners have now won just once in their last 11 matches in all competitions – scoring just four goals in that time – while they have failed to record a victory in any away match since October 16.
Chelsea’s hopes of ending that run looked to have been severely damaged when Hakim Ziyech was sent off in first-half stoppage time for a push into Emerson Royal’s face, but the winger then had the red card rescinded by referee Stuart Attwell after he reviewed the incident on the pitchside monitor.
But the visitors could not capitalise on that reprieve and they were behind moments into the second half when Skipp thumped the ball past Kepa Arrizabalaga to score his first Tottenham goal, before the hosts sealed a crucial victory for their top-four hopes when Harry Kane turned home a corner at the far post eight minutes before full-time.
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Tottenham now turn their attentions to the FA Cup, with a trip to Sheffield United on Wednesday; kick-off 7.55pm. Antonio Conte’s side then travel to Wolves on Saturday; kick-off 3pm.
Chelsea’s next game is at home to Leeds on Saturday; kick-off 3pm. The Blues will then try to overturn their 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last 16 when the Germans visit Stamford Bridge for the second leg on Tuesday March 7; kick-off 8pm.