Spurs and Chelsea fans alike piled into Wembley to cheer their heroes on in the Community Shield, as the two London clubs went head to head for the first piece of silverware of the season. League champions Tottenham, and FA Cup winners Chelsea have both beaten each other 5-1 in recent meetings, with Chelsea the most recent victors. The clash promised to be an intense affair, with both sides on a high following their players' World Cup exploits.
Any talk of the match being considered a friendly was belittled when the sides named their starting Elevens:
Chelsea Starting XI
Cech, Bertrand, Dante, Luiz, Ivanovic (c), Koke, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Mandzukic
Subs: Courtois, Chalobah, Terry, Pedro, Eto'o, Romeu, Wallace
Tottenham Starting XI
Lloris, Rose, Vertonghen, Kaboul, De Sciglio, Sandro, Dembele, Paulinho, Ward-Prowse, Soldado, Jese
Subs: Harvey, Chiriches, Griezmann, Barkley, Walker, Capoue, Adebayor
When the players took to the field at 3pm, the 90,000 fans inside the stadium cranked the volume to fever pitch, and by the time Howard Webb had blown for kick-off, nobody could hear themselves think, as the fans continued to raise the roof.
The racket was clearly overwhelming for FA Cup winners Chelsea, when David Luiz brought Roberto Soldado down on the edge of the area, and James Ward Prowse picked the perfect spot, and the perfect moment to score his first competitive goal for the club, firing the ball into the bottom corner past the despairing fingertips of Petr Cech.
Tottenham continued to press, chasing every loose ball, playing a blazing passing game on the Wembley turf, and refusing to give Chelsea any room to play, forcing mistakes and fouls on a regular basis, and proving that it's not just class which is required to win trophies; sometimes it is necessary to dig in and hassle your opponents.
Tottenham's pressure was telling, and after 20 minutes, a flowing passing move saw the ball moved out wide to Danny Rose, who lofted a ball into the Chelsea box, which Paulinho turned past Petr Cech to put Spurs 2-0 up and send their fans even further into delight.
Even at 2-0 up, Spurs refused to slow down, and just 16 minutes later, Oscar upended Soldado in the box, and the Spaniard picked himself up to slot home past Cech, and seemingly put the game beyond doubt.
Half Time: Spurs 3-0 Chelsea
The second half was uneventful, as Tottenham kept the ball well and continued to frustrate Chelsea, who became more and more desperate as the game wore on; picking up 4 yellow cards in the first hour of the game.
Samuel Eto'o, a half-time substitute brought some respectability to the scoreline, firing a sublime shot into the top corner of Lloris' net, to bring the score back to 3-1, but Chelsea couldn't find another way through, and Tottenham celebrated at full-time with their first Community Shield since 1962.