Chelsea on top and undefeated
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (centre) celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal with Fernando Torres and Juan Mata during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London.
The result sees Chelsea remain unbeaten and at the top of the league table while Spurs will be ruing the mistakes they made at the back that cost them three of their goals on the day.
It was an action-packed afternoon in the heart of London with chances on goal coming thick and fast.
Spurs should have taken the lead as early as the fourth minute when Gylfi Sigurdsson supplied a pin-point cross for an unmarked William Gallas, but he fired his attempt wide from close range.
And that was assign of things to come for Gallas who had a nightmare afternoon.
The first goal came in the 18th minute courtesy of a fantastic volley from Gary Cahill after a poor clearance by Gallas saw the Spurs man head the ball straight to Cahill. The England man, though, made no mistake with a thunderbolt volley past Brad Friedel, 1-0.
Chelsea were in firm control in the opening 45 minutes, but Spurs did have their chances to equalise, especially in the 31st minute when Sigurdsson fired inches wide from just inside the box.
Only Friedel kept his side in the match going into the break after he made a fantastic save to deny Mata in the 40th minute.
The second 45 saw Spurs a changed side as they dictated terms and found themselves sin the lead ten minutes after the restart.
Gallas made up for his hand in side’s concession of the first goal when he headed home a Jan Vertonghen left sided cross only two minutes into the second half, 1-1.
Seven minutes later and Jermaine Defoe gave Spurs the lead. Aaron Lenon created the goal with a good run down the right before cutting the ball across goal for Defoe to tuck home in superb style, 2-1.
But Spurs joy was short lived as a four minute brace from Man of the Match, Mata, restored Chelsea’s lead.
In the 66th minute Gallas was at fault again half clearing an Eden Hazard cross which fell to Mata who perfectly guided the ball into the net from the edge of the box, 2-2.
Four minutes later and he found his second goal after Hazard produced a great through ball for Mata who calmly clipped the ball past Friedel to give his side the lead for the second time in the game, 3-2.
The result was put beyond doubt in the first minute of injury time when Mata robbed Kyle Walker of the ball deep in the Spurs half. The Spaniard then went onto to deliver a low pass across the face of goal for Daniel Sturridge to tuck home, 4-2.