What a difference a week makes!
This time last week, we were looking in the rear view mirror, and the specter of José Mourinho was looming bigger than ever.
Objects in the mirror are not so close after all!
Of course, it’s just one game, and as Frank Lampard elucidated after last night’s win, it’s now important to build on this win and reproduce the level of performance we saw at New Three Point Lane.
But for now, we can take a moment to celebrate. Right, Captain, Leader, Legend?
The legendary captain wasn’t the only one paying attention.
Chelsea’s best player of the decade, who’s certainly had his fair share of memorable moments against Spurs, was easing some of his current injury pain with some hot Blues action. Good friend Willian’s first goal especially brought out the love from Eden Hazard.
As much as our former players enjoyed the win, former players currently employed as coaches enjoyed it even more.
Assistant coach Jody Morris, who has a personal thing with Mourinho, celebrated his 41st birthday yesterday. Needless to say, it was a great one. Greatest ever? Quite possibly!
Best birthday present ever!!!— Jody Morris (@morriskid) December 22, 2019
WE ARE CHELS!! https://t.co/NIDYgKeRHn
Last but certainly not least for this round-up is the gaffer himself, Frank Lampard.
Willian’s first goal got the team started right, but we had been there before. We were in precisely the same situation against Manchester City at the Etihad not too long ago, for example, before they turned it around by half-time. No such bad luck this time, as Willian’s penalty doubled Chelsea’s lead on the stroke of half-time.
Lampard knew how much that goal meant, and celebrated accordingly.
Frank Lampard can't hide his emotions pic.twitter.com/amnGeHOuXY— Football Daily (@footballdaily) December 22, 2019
It’s even better in GIF form, and from the angle that shows Mourinho stomping off to the dressing room in the background. LOL!
But the job was half done, and so were the celebrations.
After the final whistle, it was unbridled enthusiasm for the Men in Blue. Mourinho brought up Conte’s tactics in his post-match comments, but it’s the Conte celebrations that Lampard actually brought back with Sunday’s clutch victory.