Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso seal vital victory as Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspurs 2-1 in the Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge.
The pressure was on both sides to claim results with the race for the top-four heating up as the Blues dominated the early stages but Spurs forward Lucas Moura tested Willy Caballero early.
However, Chelsea soon began to take control and Hugo Lloris did well to deny Mason Mount before the hosts went ahead when Olivier Giroud fired home after Ross Barkley had hit the bar from a rebound of the Frenchman’s initial effort, which had been blocked by compatriot Lloris.
Marcos Alonso nearly added to the lead in the first half with a volley from the edge of the area but his effort flew just over the bar.
The Spaniard did double the Blues’ lead three minutes into the second-half as he struck a fine effort into the bottom corner after Mason Mount and Ross Barkley teed it up on the edge of the area.
Tottenham were fortunate to finish the game with 11 men after Giovani Lo Celso stamped on Cesar Azpilicueta, however, VAR ruled it initially as not a red card.
Jose Mourinho side pulled a goal back when Erik Lamela’s effort took a cruel deflection off Toni Rudiger but the Blues managed to hold on, and the win lifts them four points ahead of Spurs in the top-four and ends a run of four Premier League games without a victory.