22 December 2019 22:33
In the aftermath of that, the game was stopped for the ref to talk to players and then the two managers following what is reported as racist abuse aimed at Rudiger. Announcements about that were made several times during the rest of the game. With play back underway, Kante was not far away from scoring the third goal which may well have started to empty the stadium early when he shot from distance, and he could not finish off a well-worked Chelsea counter-attack late in the game, but with a third VAR check of the game going our way when it looked for a possible Spurs penalty, two goals were enough for three points. Fittingly at the end of such a good display, Chelsea were still pushing for a third goal in added time and substitute Michy Batshuayi did not miss by much. And when Kane finally registered a Spurs shot on goal, Tomori made a great block to make the task easy for Kepa.
If anyone was in any doubt what this win means to Lampard, his players and his assistants, they were not after the final whistle when there were joyous scenes in front the visiting supporters' section, with the boss even throwing his coat into the crowd. Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic says the team's youngsters can be proud of the role they've played in this season. Kovacic dismissed any suggestion that inexperience has played a part in their recent dip given our youthful squad, instead praising the attitude of the younger members of the team. "These young players, they are really good and they take the pressure really well," he insisted to chelseafc.com. "If you're at Chelsea it doesn't matter how old you are, you need to be ready to play every week at a high level and that is what we all do, but sometimes in football everything doesn't go how you want, that was the problem in our last games.
"I don't like to mention just one, because all of them are doing great and they are Chelsea's future. The young guys are great guys, laughing all the time, and we also like to joke. It's an amazing team and we have a lot of fun on the pitch and outside the pitch as well."