Chelsea needed to win the derby game against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, and the Blues were the better side and won the game 2-0 with Pedro scoring an important goal in the 57th minute while Kieran Trippier scored an own goal to seal the win for Chelsea.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admitted he was pleased with the team’s impressive display as he hailed Pedro for his performance while also hailed the team’s defensive effort that restricted Spurs from getting even a shot on target.
Sarri said: “I think the performance was in line with the last one. But fortunately the result was different. The performance was really very similar to the one against Manchester City. Pedro is a very important player for us.
“He is dangerous, can score, but he is also good defensively and balances the team. I was sure before the match that the relationship with my players is very very good, and in the last month I think better. Caballero is a good goalkeeper with great experience. He is a great man and very important on the pitch and in the dressing room. We need consistency.”
Mauricio Pochettino was an unhappy man after the game as the result ended Tottenham’s hopes of a title fight.
The Spurs boss insisted that it was an even game as he now looks forward to this weekend’s north London derby with Arsenal.
Pochettino said: “It was an even game. In some situations they dominate, in others we dominate. They had one shot on target and scored, we had zero and so it was impossible to score. And impossible to draw.
“It wasn’t a great game to watch. They have a lot of quality but it was an even game. It was a bad night for us. The north London derby is a tough fixture for us, and then we have the Champions League. It’s good when you win, win, win, so when you lose and lose it’s important to be calm.”