Tottenham Hotspur rattled off their fifth consecutive London derby win in convincing style on Saturday, dominating Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea en route to a 3-1 win at Wembley Stadium. That streak includes two wins over West Ham, and wins over Crystal Palace, Watford, and Fulham; Spurs’ last loss to a London-based team was their Premier League loss at Watford at the beginning of this season.
After Saturday’s match, Christian Eriksen was asked whether this win means Spurs are currently the best football team in London, and his answer is sure to put a smile on Spurs supporters’ faces.
“At the moment yes.
“After today a lot of players are saying happy things and happy thoughts. On the pitch we felt straight away that we wanted to go forward, when we went forward we were dangerous, confident. We changed it up a bit, in the last three games when we scored we held back a bit, but we went for it and for more goals.”
It’s silly, I know — “the best” is such a subjective term, and Spurs also haven’t played Arsenal yet this season. That match is coming up next Sunday and will happen at the Emirates. But what seems clear is that Spurs really did put down a marker with that emphatic win over the Blues at Wembley. It was Chelsea’s first loss of the season and the three points puts Tottenham in third place, just three behind Liverpool.
Spurs still have a brutal schedule upcoming: a Champions League match against Inter comes mid week before the North London Derby. You’d be forgiven, however, in thinking that the Chelsea match just might have been the toughest match Spurs will face before the end of 2018 (apart from their trip to Barcelona in December). If that was the toughest test, Spurs just passed with flying colors.