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Chelsea came back from going a goal down to defeat Tottenham 4-1 in a heated game at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, which saw both Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie sent off

Mauricio Pochettino enjoyed a dream return to north London, with Nicolas Jackson scoring a hat-trick late in the second half to seal victory for the Blues, with Cole Palmer scoring a penalty in the first half.

But they had to work to claim three points, with Dejan Kulusevski putting the hosts a goal up in the opening six minutes of the match. 

There was a fiery edge to the game from the beginning, with Romero first receiving a red card after he committed a rash challenge, lunging in on Enzo Fernandez inside the penalty area, before Udogie was shown a second yellow card after half-time. 

Mail Sport's Sami Mokbel was at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium and brings you all the things you may have missed from Chelsea's thrilling victory against Spurs.  

Chelsea claimed a 4-1 victory against Tottenham on Monday night with Nicolas Jackson scoring a hat-trick

Chelsea claimed a 4-1 victory against Tottenham on Monday night with Nicolas Jackson scoring a hat-trick

Mauricio Pochettino enjoyed a dream return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after he was sacked by the club in 2019

Mauricio Pochettino enjoyed a dream return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after he was sacked by the club in 2019

But it was a fiery game, with Cristian Romero being sent off in the first half for this tackle on Enzo Fernandez

But it was a fiery game, with Cristian Romero being sent off in the first half for this tackle on Enzo Fernandez

Cole Palmer's England call up is inevitable 

While Chelsea’s evolution under Mauricio Pochettino remains a work in progress; the future of Cole Palmer is far less ambiguous. What a player he is. What a player he is going to be. 

Skilful elegance intertwined with a dogged tenacity. The manner in which he precisely dispatched Chelsea’s equalising penalty was lethal. Unerring composure - all at the age of 21. 

England head coach Gareth Southgate picks his squad for the matches against Malta and North Macedonia on Thursday. 

Surely Southgate is tempted. Any chance of Palmer landing a call-up later this week may depend on withdrawals given England are pretty well-stacked in attacking areas. 

But if Palmer continues in this vein, it’s a matter of when, and not if, he is selected for England.

Bale returns to north London 

Gareth Bale turned behind him before throwing his arms in the air with a smile as wide as north London. Sandro - his former Tottenham team-mate - was waiting by the side for the pitch primed for the warmest of hugs. 

Bale was back at the

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