Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham: Giroud & Alonso boost top-4 hopes, Lo Celso escapes red

Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham: Giroud & Alonso boost top-4 hopes, Lo Celso escapes red

Olivier Giroud returned to the starting XI and the scoresheet in the nick of time for Chelsea, inspiring a precious win against Tottenham.

Chelsea reinforced their grip on fourth place in the Premier League with a much-needed 2-1 win over rivals Tottenham as Olivier Giroud scored his first club goal since August.

Frank Lampard's men were four without a win in the top flight coming into this clash at Stamford Bridge and had seen their advantage over Spurs cut to just a point in the battle for the Champions League places.

But former manager Jose Mourinho could not inflict a further setback on the Blues, as Giroud, who had a goal disallowed against Manchester United on Monday, made the most of his first league start of 2020.

Marcos Alonso - another of four Chelsea changes - brilliantly doubled his side's lead shortly after half-time, and Lampard's side held on despite a luckless late own goal from Antonio Rudiger. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook
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