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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Pedro (57')
  • Kieran Trippier (84' OG)

Chelsea bounce back to beat Tottenham with Kepa on bench

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Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham: Blues rebound, Spurs stumble again (1:22)

Despite Maurizio Sarri benching Kepa Arrizabalaga after his Carabao Cup antics, Chelsea added to Tottenham's woes with a comfortable 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge. (1:22)

Chelsea put their tumultuous League Cup final defeat behind them to revive their top-four hopes with a 2-0 victory over stuttering Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Under-pressure manager Maurizio Sarri made the bold decision to drop goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in favour of Willy Caballero after the Spaniard's antics against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday when he refused to be substituted.

But Chelsea showed they are still behind the Italian with a deserved victory over their London rivals thanks to Pedro's opener midway through the second half and a comical Kieran Trippier own goal late on.

Chelsea remained in sixth spot, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal having played a game less.

Third-placed Tottenham's slim title hopes now look extinguished after a second successive league defeat and they could have few complaints after a disappointing derby display.

Gonzalo Higuain was denied by the post early on for Chelsea while Spurs midfielder Harry Winks rattled the crossbar just before halftime.

Pedro fired Chelsea in front in the 57th minute, turning inside Toby Alderweireld before beating Hugo Lloris from a tight angle.

Tottenham huffed and puffed but shot themselves in the foot in the 84th minute when Trippier and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris got in a tangle and the full-back's attempted back pass rolled in.

Tottenham are four points above Arsenal, who they host on Saturday, and five points above Manchester United.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 38 +72 98
2 Liverpool 38 +67 97
3 Chelsea 38 +24 72
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 +28 71
5 Arsenal 38 +22 70
6 Manchester United 38 +11 66
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 +1 57
8 Everton 38 +8 54
9 Leicester City 38 +3 52
10 West Ham United 38 -3 52
11 Watford 38 -7 50
12 Crystal Palace 38 -2 49
13 Newcastle United 38 -6 45
14 AFC Bournemouth 38 -14 45
15 Burnley 38 -23 40
16 Southampton 38 -20 39
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -25 36
18 Cardiff City 38 -35 34
19 Fulham 38 -47 26
20 Huddersfield Town 38 -54 16