As it happened: Chelsea prevail against a well below par Spurs side
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Spurs face Arsenal on Saturday and the Gunners are now just four points behind their north London rivals - a game of huge importance. 
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Well, that was not one of the best London derbies we have seen but the Blues prevail on a night in which every possible result has gone against Spurs. 
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FT: Chelsea prevail in what is a night to forget for Spurs. 2-0
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88' Rose on for Sissoko. 2-0
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82' Azpiliceuta fouls Sissoko but nothing comes from the free kick - time is running out for Spurs. 1-0
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80' Son is replaced by Lucas Moura after a well below par performance from the South Korean. 1-0
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77' Loftus-Cheek on for Kovacic. 1-0
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73' Llorente is played through on goal but attempts to control it rather than shoot and his 'effort' goes out of play. 1-0
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70' Lamela makes way for Fernando Llorente as Spurs look for a reply. 1-0
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65' Kane is unable to direct his volley from close range on target - a good chance gone to waste. 1-0
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64' An excellent tackle from Pedro, denying Eriksen a chance on goal. 1-0
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60' Hazard makes way for Willian. 1-0
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More on the goal: Pedro races into the Spurs box and turns Alderweireld inside and then fires between the legs of Lloris. 1-0
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57' Lamela drives into the box but his cross is deflected and easily caught by Cabellero. 0-0
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54' Higuain has the ball in the back of the net but it is ruled out for offside. 0-0
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52' Much like the opening 10 minutes, Chelsea are pushing the Spurs backline but to no prevail. 0-0
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48' Luiz plays in Pedro with a sumptuous ball but Alderweireld manages to get his toe on the ball to prevent a Chelsea shot on goal. 0-0
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47' Lively start from the hosts but once again a lack of quality shows as Higuain sees his cross sail out of play. 0-0
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46' Back underway for the second 45 minutes. 0-0
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Half time

HT: A tight half of football, probably edged by Spurs but neither sides have anything to show from it. Higuain and Winks have both struck the woodwork which is the closest either have come to finding the opener. 0-0
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45' Son races clear of Kovacic but again his cross is unable to find any of his awaiting team mates. 0-0 
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44' Winks smashes the bar! The midfielder strikes from 25-yards but his effort cannons back off the bar. 0-0
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42' Kane drives in on goal but his shot is deflected wide for a corner off Azpiliceuta. 0-0
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39' Kante strikes from distance but his shot flies into the stands - poor from the Frenchman. 0-0
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37' Lots of fouls have been awarded in this opening half and Rudiger is the next to concede a free kick. 0-0
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33' A superb last-ditch tackle from Luiz after Lamela turns and has just the goalkeeper to beat. Which was followed by a well-worked run of play from Spurs but still the deadlock is yet to be broken. 0-0
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30' Son has his shot deflected away from Luiz and out for a throw-in. 0-0
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24' Tempers have risen between Luiz and Kane following a pass back to the Chelsea defence from the stop of play.   0-0
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22' The game is stopped after Kovacic kicks the ball out of play following an elbow to the face of Trippier. 0-0
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20' Higuain is played through on goal but Lloris is able to gather the ball before the on-loan striker gets to it. The linesman did have his flag raised, however. 0-0
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19' Lloris passes straight to Higuain in a dangerous position but his shot curls wide of the far post - a let-off for Spurs. 0-0
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15' Kovacic falls to the floor inside his own box and Chelsea are awarded a free kick - it has been a tight start consisting of a lot of free kicks. 0-0
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12' Cries of handball from the Blues after the ball cannoned off Ben Davies' arm but the referee gives a corner. 0-0
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10' Son goes down for the second time in the same number of minutes but Andre Marriner denies Spurs a free kick. 0-0
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6' Higuain hits the post with a sliced half-volley which left Lloris completely flat-footed. 0-0
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4' Another free kick for Chelsea after Winks fouls Kovacic on the edge of the area. 0-0
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2' Early free kick for the Blues after Sissoko brings down Alonso. 0-0
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Kick off!

1' We are underway at Stamford Bridge. 0-0
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The teams are out ahead of the 8pm kick-off. 
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No Jan Vertognhen for Spurs who is not even in the squad - perhaps another injury set back?
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Kepa Arrizabalaga has been dropped to the bench following the bust-up between him and Sarri on Sunday. 
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Spurs: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Son, Kane. 
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Chelsea: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Pedro, Hazard, Higuain.
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Coverage will resume around one hour before kick off as we bring you team news as it comes in.  
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Pochettino quotes

Pochettino also spoke about Chelsea's ability:

 "We are going to play a very good team with an amazing squad and players, capable to play and of course I don't think they are going to be tired or in a different way.

"It's going to be a tough game and they are going to be good because it's a derby and in front of their fans. For sure it's such an important game for them too," he said. 

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Sarri quotes

Ahead of the game, Sarri spoke about his goalkeeper situation:

"I have to decide [if he will play], maybe yes, maybe not," Sarri said.

"He made a really big mistake. For me it's finished."

 "I spoke with Kepa. Then we spoke altogether because he said sorry to the technical staff, but it was not enough," he said. 

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Harry Kane is expected to start despite having just returned from injury but Eric Dier will miss the game through illness. 
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As for Spurs, Dele Alli remains out. The 22-year-old has an excellent record against Chelsea having scored five goals in his last four league games against the Blues. 
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Chelsea do not have any fresh injury concerns. 
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Team news

Chelsea's main team news comes from the situation between Kepa Arrizabalaga and his manager. After refusing to be substituted in the final Kepa may find himself sat on the bench against Spurs. 
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The London rivals have already met three times this season. Tottenham enjoyed a 3-1 victory in the league meeting in November as Heung-min Son and Harry Kane put the Blues to the sword. However, in the Carabao Cup, the Blues edged the semi-final through a penalty shootout. 
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Chelsea's struggle continues after an embarrassing defeat to City. The result was not embarrassing but the events which took place between Kepa Arrizabalaga and Maurizio Sarri left a dark cloud over the Blues.  
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Spurs have done exceptionally well in recent weeks in the absence of their main man, Harry Kane. However, the England captain's return to the squad on fitness was not enough to see Spurs clinch all three points. 
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Both sides go into the game on the back of a weekend to forget. Chelsea suffered penalty shootout heartbreak in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. Meanwhile, Spurs had their title hopes ended by league strugglers, Burnley