LONDON: Chelsea's Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso returned to the starting lineup to stunning effect by grabbing a goal apiece in a crucial 2-1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur in the battle between the London rivals for fourth place on Saturday.
It was only Chelsea's sixth win in 14 home Premier League games this season but it was a timely one as they remain fourth, the last Champions League qualification spot, with 44 points from 27 games, four more than Jose Mourinho's Spurs.
A poor run of form had dented Chelsea's top-four hopes but they controlled the lunchtime derby from the moment Frenchman Giroud, making his first league start since November, rifled a shot past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the 15th minute.
Alonso, back for only his seventh league start under Frank Lampard, doubled the lead three minutes after the break with a thumping finish to give Chelsea a boost ahead of their Champions League last 16, first leg at home to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
Tottenham, badly missing injured strikers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, had offered precious little in attack, but Antonio Rudiger's own goal offered them a late glimmer of hope.
The hosts held on comfortably though as Lampard got the better of his former Chelsea boss, Mourinho, for the second time this season after a 2-0 win at Spurs in December. Agencies