The moment the fixture list is compiled and aired, for Chelsea and Spurs fans a look at games between both sides is marked on the calendar as flurry of bad blood, hostility and hatred are renewed. Rivalry with Arsenal is nothing compared to the fierce rivalry between both clubs of recent.
Here are 3 why Chelsea vs Spurs is more than a game of rivalry:
CHELSEA ARE SPURS DEMONS:
It’s now 28 years since Spurs won a game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. So much is Chelsea’s stronghold on Spurs that Pochettino’s team lost their first league home game of this season against Chelsea. More so, Chelsea have proved to be Spurs nemesis in the last two seasons in their bid to be Premier League Champions. The tales of this bitter rivalry is one that sickens every Spurs fan that nothing other than a Chelsea defeat will be pleasing to them. At least they can exorcise their demons and claim the bragging rights. But for Blues supporters, Stamford Bridge is the place to sing and cheer their team to a win that will send loud jeers to their cross-town rivals. The battle line has already been drawn. Obviously, there is no connection and will be no love affair between both clubs.
Chelsea used to be the average mid table wee-club during the last two decades before Roman’s cash transformed us, Spurs fans will say. The feeling of being on par level with Chelsea during that period made their rivalry with us less obvious. Arsenal were Spurs first enemies. But the power shift in London ignited by Chelsea’s rise to join Europe Elites made Spurs green with envy. Five league titles, four FA Cups, three league cups and one Champions league trophy compared to Spurs solitary league cup win in the same span of two decades shows the level Chelsea have achieved more than them. Factor in our Champions League win in 2012 which denied them Champions League football the next season, and surely you’ll clearly see why every game between both clubs is death battle.
A timely reminder of the venous rivalry between both clubs has much to do with which team is London’s best. Spurs can argue that they play an attractive style of football. Manager Pochettino asserted last season that ‘Spurs are the most loved club in London’. Quite arguable, but his assertion sound more like political power play than fact. On a flip side, Chelsea can boast of silverware and global influence, and off course we have evidence. Like Arsenal, Spurs are perceived to be a well-run club with good playing style, but are underachievers, while Chelsea have been serial winners and great achievers. This is clearly why we have the big banner that reads: WE ARE THE PRIDE OF LONDON. After all, we are the only London club to have won the Champions League. Spurs just need to be silent, and match or beat our achievements before they can start an argument. Until then, Blue is the colour, and Chelsea remains the dominant club in London
Let’s keep the blue flag flying high. Cheers!