Chelsea-Tottenham: One Four-All
Spurs cannot be counted out of a match until the final whistle goes. Wednesday night’s premiership clash with Chelsea backs this point 100%.
4-4 was the final score even if Spurs were never in the lead. Avram Grant came to White Hart Lane intending to gain revenge on Spurs for his misfortune in this year’s Carling Cup Final.
He also wanted to get Chelsea level on points with Arsenal in the Premiership table. Chelsea started brightly and utilised their sharp attacking system to score the opening goal in just three minutes.
Drogba cleaned up a messy set-piece by heading the ball past Paul Robinson. Spurs were having teething problems in terms of defence in that match, but there’s never a goal drought with Spurs’ attack force, which is arguably one of the best in the entire premiership.
Although it was centre-back Jonathan Woodgate who also headed a goal in to further remind Chelsea about the Carling Cup Final at Wembley earlier this year. Chelsea were still not phased by the equaliser.
Consecutively, both Michael Essien and Joe Cole contributed to a 2-goal lead over Spurs. Being his usefully stubborn, but determined self, Ramos did raise his game during the second half. However, Chelsea raised theirs too.
Spurs had a few lucky escapes thanks to the particular performance of former Rangers defender, Alan Hutton. Chelsea also kept pushing forward for a goal. Joe Cole scored in the 52nd minute to make it 3-1. Berbatov closed the gap by heading a goal in.
The score was now 3-2. Jenas was substituted for Huddlestone (46 minutes). It paid off, but quite late in the game; 75th minute to be precise. He thundered the ball at the goal as usual, which swerved into the left side of the net to draw Spurs level. Cudicini could do nothing apart from watching it go in.
It looked like game over for Spurs in the 80th minute as Joe Cole outfoxed Chimbonda and hammered home what looked like the winner for Chelsea.
However, comparisons to the 4-4 draw with Aston Villa may have been floating around the minds of Spurs and Chelsea players alike. Robbie Keane took the ball with him to the edge of the box and made a terrific strike into the right hand side of the goal to equalize for the final time in the match.
Berbatov could have made himself the hero by scoring the winning goal, but his run in the penalty box was too fidgety with all the defenders around him and his shot was met with a talented, if not lucky save from Cudicini. Arsenal’s position remains safe from Chelsea for now, but let’s wait until ‘Grand Slam Sunday’.
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