These two teams hate each other, let’s make that crystal clear to begin with. Eden Hazards comments prior to playing Tottenham last season perfectly surmised the feelings between the two clubs, ‘We don’t want – the fans, the club, the players – Tottenham to win the Premier League’.
The rivalry has got more and more bitter each season, and where Tottenham may not be able to derail Chelsea’s title bid on Wednesday night they would absolutely love to stop Chelsea taking the record for most consecutive wins in the Premier League. Even if the match was to finish in a draw, the Spurs fans would revel knowing that Chelsea missed out on something monumental.
If we look back over the last 10 years we can see the amount of times Tottenham and Chelsea have each caused each other frustration. Starting in November 2006, Tottenham managed to come from a goal down to beat Chelsea, 2-1, in their first victory over their rivals since 1990. With John Terry being sent off in the process, it set the tone for future conflict between the two teams.
Only a season later the two teams would meet again in the League Cup Final, Spurs chasing their first trophy in 9 years, and Chelsea looking to pick up their first trophy of the season after missing out on the Community Shield. Once again, history seemed to repeat itself as Chelsea took an early lead, only for Tottenham to draw level in normal time and Jonathan Woodgate to steal a winner in injury time. Less than a month later the two teams would meet again, to see out a 4-4 draw at White Hart Lane.
For the next few seasons the results went back and forth against the two until the two teams lined up against each other in the FA Cup semi finals in 2012, and Chelsea were merciless in dissecting their rivals in a 5-1 demolition job at Wembley. A controversial Juan Mata goal, which replays show did not cross the line, gave Chelsea a two goal lead, and even when Spurs pulled one back Chelsea stepped up the gears and finished in a flurry.
Spurs fans would think that this was the final disappointment Chelsea would inflict on their team that season, as they would finish 4th in the league to take the final league spot. Only for Chelsea to miraculously beat Bayern Munich in the final of Champions League at the Allianz Arena, claiming the leagues 4th Champions League spot from Tottenham.