Cesar Azpilicueta's passionate reaction to Pedro's goal during Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

Chelsea FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Chelsea took big steps towards getting their season back on track on Wednesday night with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

Pedro's 57th-minute opener and a hilarious own goal from Kieran Trippier, who passed the ball past Hugo Lloris into his own net, earned the Blues a vital three points.

They remain sixth in the Premier League but can claw their way back into contention for the top four by winning their game in hand.

The relief among Chelsea players was clear to see at full-time as they celebrated with each other and the fans before heading down the tunnel.

Manager Maurizio Sarri looked delighted, too, and he explained in his post-match press conference just how important winning was.

"I know this match for our fans is really very important," said the Italian. "It's a London derby. The result and the performance were very important.

"But the most important thing is that we were able to fight for the result. For the relationship with the fans it was a very important match, but I am the coach and I have to think about my team.

"For us now we need continuity. We need to fight for 10 matches in a row. Maybe we will not be able to win 10 matches in a row, but we will be able to fight to do it.

Chelsea FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

"We need points. It was very important tonight because we are fighting for the top four. I don't know but maybe with this result we could involve Tottenham in this fight.

"The gap is large, seven points, but we have to play one [extra] match. It's not easy, but maybe."

Sunday's defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final put a lot of pressure on Chelsea players and threatened to completely derail their season.

Chelsea FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Captain Cesar Azpilicueta in particular has been under the microscope this week after he just stood by and watched Kepa Arrizabalaga refuse to be subbed at Wembley.

But against Spurs the Spanish right-back showed how much Chelsea means to him with his reaction to Pedro making it 1-0.

In the video below, as Pedro's shot hits the back of the net, Azpilicueta clenches his fists, falls to the floor with head in hands and just lays there.

That's one relieved man. A lot of people expected Chelsea to lose against Tottenham, but they produced a big performance to alleviate some of the pressure.

Next up for the west London side is a trip to Premier League strugglers Fulham, who sacked Claudio Ranieri on Thursday and brought in Scott Parker as caretaker manager.

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