Chelsea ease past Tottenham to keep up unbeaten Premier League start

Chelsea 3 Tottenham 0

Jose Mourinho was happy with Chelsea’s performance after they comfortably beat Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring after 19 minutes before Didier Drogba’s clinical finish gave Chelsea a two-goal lead before half time.

Loic Remy came off the bench to add a third with 20 minutes remaining with a placed finish.

The result delighted Mourinho and means Chelsea are six points clear at the top of the Premier League and unbeaten in their first 14 league fixtures.

“We played against a very good team and they showed that during some periods in the game. They started better than us and should have scored before us,” said Mourinho.

“After our first goal our team became more stable and confident and we controlled the game.

“I’m really happy with the points, performance and spirit of the players.”

Harry Kane was unlucky to see his looping header hit the crossbar as Spurs started brightly at a ground where they haven’t won since February 1990.

However, it was Hazard who broke the deadlock. The Belgian played a delightful one-two with Drogba and fired under Hugo Lloris from close range for his fifth league goal of the season.

A poor kick from Lloris then allowed Oscar to release Drogba who put the Blues 2-0 up inside 25 minutes.

The Ivorian was standing in for the suspended Diego Costa and the goal was his fifth in all competitions since his return to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Despite an increased amount of possession in the second half, Tottenham’s lack of width meant they never really troubled Chelsea.

Remy replaced Drogba and made an instant impact, outmuscling Jan Vertonghen before calmly passing into the bottom corner.

Remy’s cameo highlighted the strength in depth that Mourinho has at his disposal and the Portuguese is happy to rotate his squad during the festive period.

He said: “It’s almost impossible for players to play every game this month. Certainly later in the month I have to change some players.”

Nemanja Matic will be suspended for Chelsea’s trip to Newcastle on Saturday after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

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