Tottenham Hotspur came to the Bridge this past weekend with one thing in mind: ending their 29-game winless streak at Chelsea's home ground that has stood since February 1990 — 2 years and 10 months before this very writer was born.
Spurs started well, taking the lead quickly through Christian Eriksen in the 11th minute, but just as it had been the case every single time for the past 26 years, it wasn't to be their day. Goals from Pedro and Victor Moses on either side of half-time staked Chelsea to a 2-1 win, extending Spurs' futile run to a further year and a further game.
"It was a very difficult game for us but we're really happy with the win and we want to continue in the right way. We must take it game by game."
"I scored to help the team, which is good. Now we have great stability and high confidence, this was another important win. In the second half the team were really strong. The second goal from Victor came from a beautiful combination and the team are in the right way."
-Pedro; source: Chelsea FC
Game-by-game is becoming the new mantra as Chelsea's top four aspirations slowly start turning into a genuine title challenge.
"We've got to go game by game and we will see at the end of the season. But if we're still playing this way, with this passion, with this energy, it's going to be tough to beat us."
-Marcos Alonso; source: Chelsea TV via London Evening Standard
It's surely too soon to make any bets on who will take the title home — the difference between the top three teams in the league at the moment is only one point and a goal difference of two — but perhaps we'll receive further indication of how seriously we should take our chances with this weekend's top of the table clash against Manchester City.
Tough to beat. Game-by-game. Work. Fight. Improve.