Tottenham vs Chelsea review- English Premiership

  Sunday was witness to two London derbies. One saw West Ham taking on Arsenal and the second saw Spurs take on Chelsea. And in a mini upset of sorts, both the underdogs stole the thunder from their fancied rivals.

Spurs had never won at White Hart lane in 16 years against Chelsea and found themselves with mountain to climb when they fell behind to an exquisite goal by Claude Makelele. Chelsea then laid siege to the Spurs goal with Robinson forced to make some splendid saves, notably from Lampard and Ballack. A headed Didier Drogba goal was disallowed too. Spurs were granted much needed relief when Michael Dawson’s header found its way past Hilario into the back of the net.

The second half was as eventful as the first, if not better. Irish striker Robbie Keane tormented Khalid Boulahrouz before the former Hamburg defender slipped. Keane cooly sent the ball across. The ball bobbled to Aaron Lennon, who turned to evade Ashley Cole and then sent the ball into the top corner with a left footed shot.  Spurs were leading, and oddly, the Blues were trailing. Berbatov had a glorious chance to put Spurs 2 goals ahead, but his shot missed the target. The derby wasn’t short on emotion and Graham Poll had many opportunities to pull cards out of his pocket, which he duly did. Mourinho brought on Kalou for Boulahrouz, who lasted a duration of 22 minutes on the pitch after having been brought on at half time for Ferreira. With the Blues still trailing, skipper John Terry was sent off after earning a second yellow. This saw Michael Essien shift to a centreback role as Chelsea desperately pressed for an equaliser. Lampard’s shot was deflected by King and Arjen Robben’s effort, unfortunately clipped the post.

Tottenham did some valiant defending in the end minutes as Chelsea bombarded them with attacks. They managed to protect their lead though and recorded a victory which will remembered by their fans for a long long time.

Mourinho wasn’t very happy with the standard of refereeing. He argued that Ghaly should have been sent off  for elbowing if Terry was sent off.  I liked the words of the commentator toward the end ” Aaron Lennon, reportedly a Chelsea transfer target was on target for Spurs.”

And speaking of the Arsenal game, I haven’t seen Wenger so angry in a long time. He refused to shake hands with Pardew and the players were involved in some altercations towards the end.


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