Momentum swung back and forth at White Hart Lane on Saturday, as both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea exploded offensively in the second half.
Chelsea's Gary Cahill would put the Blues up early with a 17th-minute screamer and Roberto Di Matteo's side took a promising 1-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Just seconds into the second half, William Gallas would equalize for the home squad before Jermain Defoe put Spurs ahead 2-1 with a brilliant finish inside the box past Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. After a few minutes of scoreless football, Chelsea's Juan Mata would take over for the visiting Blues.
Mata scored in the 66th and 69th minute to bring Chelsea level, and then put them ahead 3-2. Daniel Sturridge would add a late goal to clinch the result for Di Matteo's club. The 4-2 result was Chelsea's fourth consecutive win in Premier League play and signaled the end of a four-match EPL winning streak for Tottenham.
Jermain Defoe, Tottenham: B
The EPL veteran scored his 200th career goal in the second half, putting Spurs up 2-1 with a perfectly struck score inside the box in the 54th minute. Unfortunately, what looked to be a game-winning goal was unseated by Juan Mata's brilliance for Chelsea.
Still, Defoe did more than Clint Dempsey and therefore deserves some credit.
Gary Cahill, Chelsea: B
The 26-year-old Chelsea defender struck gold in the 17th minute when he connected on a poor clearance from Tottenham, drilling home the match's first goal.
Cahill's defense was solid throughout the match, but the Blues' back line still surrendered two quick goals out of the halftime break and looked sluggish in both instances. Cahill deserves some of the blame for that.
Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham: B
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen looked energized following halftime, and it paid off immediately, as he put a beautiful ball across the face of the goal for William Gallas to head home.
Vertonghen played aggressively and made his presence felt in Chelsea's defensive third despite having to get back and defend on multiple occasions. In the end, though, perhaps Tottenham would have benefited from Vertonghen and his teammates focusing more attention on defense after going ahead 2-1.
Juan Mata, Chelsea: A
The only way the Spaniard could have been more dominant on Saturday was if he could have managed one more goal to finish off a hat trick. Mata's explosion an hour into the match saved the day for Chelsea and is the reason why they are still sitting comfortably atop the EPL table.
He ended the match with two goals and one assist and was clearly the most dominant player on the pitch Saturday at White Hart Lane.
Clint Dempsey, Tottenham: C
The American star failed to mount anything in the attacking third and went largely unnoticed during his time on the pitch. Dempsey was eventually taken out and replaced by Emmanuel Adebayor.
Spurs fans have become accustomed to seeing Dempsey dominate for their side, but Saturday was not his day as he met his match going up against a quality defense in Chelsea. Dempsey's struggles only cement Chelsea as the best defensive club in the Premier League.
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