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Drogba assists, scores as Chelsea beat Tottenham 3-0

Drogba and Remy showed Chelsea can cope without Diego Costa, with the backup strikers both scoring as league leaders swept aside Tottenham to extend their unbeaten start to the season.

Associated Press

Updated:December 4, 2014, 4:02 AM IST
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Drogba assists, scores as Chelsea beat Tottenham 3-0
Drogba and Remy showed Chelsea can cope without Diego Costa, with the backup strikers both scoring as league leaders swept aside Tottenham to extend their unbeaten start to the season.
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Didier Drogba and Loic Remy showed Chelsea can cope without Diego Costa on Wednesday, with the backup strikers both scoring as the Premier League leaders swept aside Tottenham 3-0 to extend their unbeaten start to the season.

Although Tottenham threatened early on, with Harry Kane heading against the crossbar, Chelsea took control after a Drogba-Hazard one-two created the Belgium midfielder's goal in the 19th minute.

Tottenham gifted Chelsea another goal inside three minutes, with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris' weak clearance allowing Hazard and Oscar to combine to set up Drogba's fifth goal of the season.

Even with top scorer Costa suspended, Chelsea exposed the feeble Tottenham defense again in the 73rd when substitute striker Remy sidefooted in the third after brushing off Jan Vertonghen.

Fourteen matches into the season, Chelsea stayed six points clear of champion Manchester City, which won 4-1 at Sunderland.

Only in the first 15 minutes did Tottenham ever look like winning at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1990. Picking up where they left off in Sunday's victory over Everton, Tottenham's players were vibrant and assertive going forward.

Only the woodwork denied Kane after meeting Aaron Lennon's cross with a header. Kane, the 21-year-old striker who wasn't born when Tottenham last won here, also easily went past Gary Cahill but flashed a shot across the face of goal.

Then, as so often against the Premier League powers, Tottenham capitulated.

Cesc Fabregas' shot was saved by Lloris, but soon Hazard evaded Lennon and after combining with Drogba, he struck under Lloris at the near post.

Lloris was soon beaten again after Drogba withstood Vertonghen's challenge to meet Oscar's pass to score his sixth goal in 11 games against Tottenham - the last coming before the Ivory Coast forward left in 2012.

Drogba made less of an impact with a free kick, completely missing the target before half time.

But Tottenham had faded and wasn't troubling Chelsea at all.

In a match to forget for Vertonghen, the Belgium defender was turned by Drogba's replacement, Remy, who struck past the sliding Ben Davies into the net to wrap up the victory.

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