In the world of football, we are bound to enjoy the magic moments, get thrilled and feel excited with the mind-blowing and eye-catching football styles on display. Also, we should expect to see the worst of it as well. The tragic aspect is when conflict arises. The two elements of conflict: ‘interest’ and ‘suspense’ are no strangers as the battle for supremacy becomes fierce.
The latest in this series of posts on Chelsea’s fabled and incredibly storied history will focus on the Chelsea-Tottenham rivalry from both sides. To start by stating the obvious – fans of both London clubs generally despise and resent each other and that has engulfed everyone connected to both clubs.
For Chelsea, Arsenal were seen as our strongest rival in London, but our dominance over the Gunners in recent decades has seen a shift in power. Now we can hold our own against them and even do much more. Our rivalry with the Gunners is like a poem of two voices. The Arsenal fans can raise their voices to brag about their achievement of being: ‘the only team to play an entirety of a season undefeated – referring to their 49 game unbeaten run’, and the Chelsea fans can also raise their voices to sing about being: ‘the first and only London club to have won the Champions league’. It was a case of just only one big rivalry, until Spurs showed up.
For the Spurs fan, Arsenal were their main rival. Cross-town bragging rights which Spurs have failed to win over years heart-aching to them. Their intentions have always been to knock Arsenal off their stride and rule in London, but then came Chelsea bankrolled by Roman Abramovich to wreck their plans
These and many more are the subplots of the Chelsea-Spurs London rivalry. As the two teams do battle in a gradually tempered title race, let’s expect more hate chants. “Stand up, if you hate Tottenham!” A chant that can often be heard echoing round Stamford Bridge, even when we’re not playing them. The hatred between both teams is a long-term affair. It only got intense in recent years.
Spurs early successes over Chelsea in the 70s’ and 80s’ were bitter pills for us to swallow. While Chelsea’s successes in this 21st century was their bane. More, the denial of a Champions League place for Spurs by Chelsea by virtue of winning the trophy in Munich 2012 was a big dent to their dreams. Also, the damage done to Spurs title challenge last season was heartbreaking as Spurs look to do this season as well.
However, the outcome of this title race will surely add to the already intensified hate feeling between both clubs. But as a Chelsea fan, I certainly hope it’s a blues reign.
Let’s keep the Chelsea flag flying high. Cheers!