Tottenham HotspurHopes of a return to the top of the Premier League table were dashed in spectacular fashion as they lost 4-1 at home. Chelsea They finished with nine men in a frantic London derby on Monday.
A Nicholas Jackson The hat-trick made it a triumphant return to Spurs for Mauricio Pochettino as he achieved the biggest result of his brief Chelsea tenure, although few could have imagined how it would be achieved on a mind-boggling night in north London.
“I feel very good, to come back after four years and say hello to all the people, it’s a gift for us,” Pochettino told reporters. “Very emotional but at the same time, memories.
“The game was emotional, competitive, honestly we needed the three points and it was an amazing day for us. It’s Tottenham but it’s nothing special because of that.”
But in a scene reminiscent of the infamous Battle of the Bridge when Chelsea crushed Pochettino’s Tottenham side’s title hopes in 2016, the hosts’ night unraveled.
Destiny is busy A second yellow card was shown 10 minutes after the break as the hosts tried to hang on for a point.
Chelsea finally made their numerical advantage count as Jackson put them ahead from close range in the 75th minute — the goal standing after another VAR check for offside.
Tottenham equalized as a substitute Eric is dear Was ruled out for offside and saw an effort saved in stoppage time Robert Sanchez Jackson wrapped it up with two extra-time tries in front of delighted Chelsea fans.
A first league defeat to Australian Ange Postecoglou left Spurs in second place with 26 points from 11 games, one behind the champions. City of Manchester. Chelsea’s fourth win of the season moves them up to 10th place with 15 points.
Tottenham enjoyed their best start to a top-flight season since the 1960s, with Postecoglou the first manager to go unbeaten in his first 10 Premier League games.
The stadium rocked when Pape Matar fed Saar Kulusevski and the Swede’s shot deflected off Levi Colwill and wrong-footed Sanchez into the net.
Chelsea were chasing the shadows at first and breathed a sigh of relief when Son’s effort was ruled out for offside, but then Tottenham’s world began to crumble around them.
The spark was a petulant kick by Romero on Colwill that went unpunished in a lead-up. Raheem Sterling The goal allowed for handball after another VAR check.
Minutes later Chelsea had the ball in the back of the net as Moises Caicedo drilled a low shot inside the post after a frantic scramble, although it was again ruled out for offside.
However, the VAR check ended with referee Michael Oliver looking at a pitch-side monitor and awarding a penalty before red carding Romero for a wild tackle on his Argentina team-mate Enzo Fernandez in the build-up.
After seven minutes of confusion, Palma squeezed his penalty wide of the post despite the best efforts of Spurs keeper Guglielmo Vicario.
Four pitchers are no longer in their starting lineup. Spurs survived 12 minutes of first half stoppage time but the wind was completely taken out of their sails.
It was just 10 minutes into the second half when Udogi was sent off for an ill-timed tackle on Sterling.
Chelsea peppered Tottenham’s goal but the home fans turned up the volume, roaring every tackle and clearance.
Spurs made two further substitutions on the hour mark with Sarr and Kulusevski replaced by Rodrigo Bentancur and Oliver Skipp — meaning the hosts were now missing seven players who started the eventful derby.
Jackson eventually broke down Tottenham’s defense by tapping in from Sterling’s pass and the Senegal striker added two more goals at the death to rub salt in the home side’s wounds.