Frank Lampard bought one over his former supervisor as Chelsea beat Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham 2-1 with targets from Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso in one other Premier League match affected by VAR controversy.
Mourinho, who labored with present incumbent Lampard throughout his personal two spells as Blues boss, hinted earlier than the match he had details about how Chelsea would line up at Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.
But when Mourinho did have an informant divulging tactical secrets and techniques from Lampard’s coaching periods it was not obvious as Giroud – making his first begin since November – breached the Spurs defence within the 15th minute and was concerned within the build-up to Alonso’s excellent long-range strike three minutes into the second half.
A contentious speaking level then arose as Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso seemed sure to be dismissed for his obvious stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta, however the Argentinian someway prevented a pink card following a VAR assessment.
Antonio Rudiger’s late personal aim, following a run into the field and cross-shot by Erik Lamela, provided Spurs some gentle consolation as they watched Chelsea pull 4 factors clear in fourth place.