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The Tottenham-Chelsea match was full of plotlines from their traditional rivalry, to the fact that Chelsea essentially stole Tottenham’s place in the Champions League this year, to the fact that former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas—who was fired from Chelsea in less than one season—now manages Tottenham.
The match didn’t disappoint as the lead changed hands three times and the goals flew as Chelsea won 4-2.
Clint Dempsey started at left midfield for Gareth Bale, who left the game less than an hour before kickoff to be at the birth of his child.
However, less than halfway through the first half, Dempsey was moved to the withdrawn forward position as he and Gylfi Sigurdsson switched positions.
Dempsey’s overall game was up and down. While he was fairly inactive and uncharacteristically lost possession on a number of occasions, Dempsey was also involved in both of the Spurs' goals.
After the Spurs went down 1-0, Dempsey drew the foul that set up the free kick that Spurs equalized on. Then, Dempsey was involved on the play that put Spurs ahead 2-1.
Dempsey was then involved on the other end as Chelsea leveled the game at two goals apiece. He tracked Juan Mata all the way into the Spurs' defensive third, but as the two approached the penalty area, Dempsey allowed Mata to cut inside of him and Mata got on the end of a soft Spurs clearance to put Chelsea back in the game.
For much of the match, Dempsey did not look on the same page as his teammates, either not seeing them, or missing his passes when he attempted to link up. Perhaps it was fatigue after two time changes and two long flights in last week and a half.
Dempsey was eventually removed in the 74th minute for Emmanuel Adebayor. Adebayor didn’t fare much better, as he also lost a couple of key possessions and missed a gilt-edged chance late in the game.