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Despite dropping three competition points that they felt they had halfway through the second half and watching their 2-1 lead quickly turn into a 3-2 deficit, Tottenham Hotspur need to take heart that they did not throw this one away.
Two goals in the space of five minutes might seem like they did, but the truth was that they were beaten by a better team and didn't just "choke" in the second half, as they have done previously in the Premier League this year.
Gary Cahill's first goal was an unstoppable shot, as was Juan Mata's first goal. Daniel Sturridge's extra-time tap-in was the result of a mistake by Kyle Walker—which could nearly have warranted a free kick for Tottenham Hotspur—but the game was over at that point, anyway.
What I'm saying is that this was not Spurs collapsing late like they did against West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City earlier this year.
This was Tottenham Hotspur playing good football in patches but ultimately outclassed by Chelsea, who were simply too good and too polished for Andre Villas-Boas' men in the second half.
Spurs played without their best attacking players and it showed.
They were not embarrassed or made to look foolish. They were simply the victims of a red-hot Juan Mata and his Blues counterparts.
Obviously, the loss hurts and there were several negatives to take away from this match, but the positives were there also. Tottenham fans should do their best to try to see them alongside the negatives from their 4-2 defeat.
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