This was a game of two London rivals; a game of two goals; a game resulting in two points split between the two.
It was a game that I watched with great positivity and exhilaration, in which Spurs took the lead first through a well-taken Gylfi Sigurdsson goal. ‘Thor” has been in top form lately, and has definitely grown on me the more he plays. This play was set up by Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado with great vision and technique, which is his second for the club. Spurs were taking the fight to Chelsea and at times they had no response to our fantastic midfield display. Mousa Dembele was successful with 100% of his 8 take-on’s and won 100% of his 4 tackles, while completing more passes than any other player in the game (Spurs stat man). He certainly put a good shift in.
Perhaps we were not quite clinical enough in front of goal, or moreover Petr Cech was in his usual consistent form. We had a few more shots in this half, but I believe our football looked more deserving of goals than shots. We kept the ball as we always do, with style, grace and purpose. We went into halftime 1-0 up.
The second half started with the introduction of Juan Mata for Chelsea, who was to play a pivotal role for them. Chelsea became hungrier as the half wore on, and eventually Chelsea scored from a freekick in the 64th minute. However, we kept on going after Fernando Torres’ dismissal gave us space and a new-found hope to win the game. The substitutions brought on Jermain Defoe and Lewis Holtby, who gave us a new edge in which to attack Chelsea. The experienced hand of Defoe was coupled with that of passion and flair of Holtby. Late on in the game a shot from Sigurdsson had me clutching the air ready to celebrate, over for it to slightly dip over the top left corner. Defoe similarly had me out of my seat, but he could not get the ball past Cech.
As the full time whistle blew, I felt that this was a fair reflection of the game. Chelsea could’ve scored and won just as much as we could of done so. It was not a glory day, but there were many positives to take from this indeed.
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