Chelsea FC: Blues Purple Patch Continues with Win over Spurs at White Hart Lane

Kevin Stott@@KevinStott11Senior Analyst IOctober 20, 2012

Chelsea's potent offense left Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel feeling down and out on Saturday at White Hart Lane.
Chelsea's potent offense left Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel feeling down and out on Saturday at White Hart Lane.Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Chelsea’s superb start to the 2012/13 English Premier League season continued with an extremely entertaining 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

The win guaranteed the Blues (7-1-0, 22 points) will stay on top of the league table for at least a couple more weeks as even a win by Manchester United win at Stamford Bridge on October 28 would leave Chelsea with a one-point (22-21) league lead.

Another Blues defender showed his closing ability when Gary Cahill—substituting for John Terry, who was sitting out the first match of his four-game ban—gave Chelsea a 1-0 lead on a beautiful volley in front of the Spurs goal at the 17-minute mark of the first half.

Blues defenders have now scored six of the club’s 19 goals.

Tottenham (4-2-2, 14 points) answered early in the second half with two quick goals in a seven-minute span to take a brief lead as William Gallas and Jermain Defoe brought the home crowd to life but Juan Mata showed Chelsea’s resiliency scoring two even quicker goals of his own past Spurs keeper Brad Friedel to give the European champions a 3-2 lead at the 69-minute mark.

Man of the Match Mata, who has quickly evolved into the Blues' own personal Lionel Messi, now has six goals and seven assists in his last six games and has racked up an impressive 30 assists in his first 41 matches at Stamford Bridge.

Substitute Daniel Sturridge—who earlier in the week was rumored to eventually be sold by Chelsea this coming January—finished the scoring in injury time from a Mata pass to give the undefeated visitors a 4-2 victory and their first win and three points at Tottenham since August 27, 2005.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech was his usual brilliant self and came up with a couple of very nice saves late which both could have tied the game up at 3-3.

Much was made about the fact that the Blues were facing former manager André Villas-Boas and Spurs played a very competitive game for their Portuguese skipper but were outmatched by Chelsea who dominated the time of possession battle (58 percent to 42 percent) and registered an amazing 85 percent pass accuracy rate.

Defensive midfielder John Obi Mikel played a sensational game and led the balanced Blues attack in touches (76) which saw Eden Hazard (75), Branislav Ivanović (73), Mata (72), Cahill (71) and Oscar (70) all help control the constant attack which eventually wore host Tottenham down.

Chelsea now has 20 goals in its last five matches in all competitions as the new-look Blues are really starting to jell as a unit for manager Roberto Di Matteo.

And it really showed Saturday in north London.

The league leaders also received a wonderful performance from Ramires, who, in tandem with Mikel, make up a tight holding midfield that gives defense-oriented Chelsea a wall of six guys in the back in front of Čech which allows the advanced midfield troika of Mata, Hazard and Oscar and striker Fernando Torres to be much more aggressive on the offensive attack.

Chelsea now travels to Ukraine on Tuesday to face Shakhtar Donetsk in a UEFA Champions League group stage battle between the two Group E leaders before hosting the aforementioned Red Devils in west London in an EPL fixture (October 28) and then again in a Capital One Cup Round 4 match on October 31.

So, one speed bump down, three more to go this month.

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