COMPETITION Premier League
DATE Wednesday 3rd December 2014
VENUE Stamford Bridge






Playing Chelsea never comes at  a good time, but with them unbeaten in the league and Spurs still trying to find their way into their own system, it looks as though our long run of no wins at Stamford Badge will go on.

With Diego Costa getting a fifth yellow card of the season that put him out of this match, a lot of Tottenham fans were getting excited, but with the depth of the Chelsea squad, it means there will be a chance to play for Didier Drogba or Loic Remy.  Perhaps neither are as deadly as the Brazilian Spaniard, but they will still pose a threat of different sorts to the Tottenham back four. 

There are so many top player sin the Chelsea set-up, it is frightening to think what they might do to Spurs if we play as badly as we have done in some games this season.  However, if we play well, we might get something, but I am not sure we are as capable as Sunderland as playing as a team to park a few buses in the way of the juggernaut which is likely to keep coming at us with the Blues at home.

If we can get some possession and play the quick, first-time passing that was on display on Sunday, then we might be able to get at them a little bit, but the ability to hold onto the ball - both in terms of not giving it away and being strong on the ball - will be key.  Too often at the Bridge, Spurs have handed Chelsea chances on a plate and while only a few of the players in our team have played there often, they will need to be at their best to even hope for a draw.

They move the ball quickly from defence to attack, so it will mean a lot of work for our midfielders, tracking and closing down the blue shirts around them.  And our defence will need to be tight on space allowed to their players around the box.  We haven't had a lot of luck against Chelsea away for a number of years.  However, we have brought back a couple of draws and maybe they will think they can rest some of their players against us, leaving us with a slight opportunity to shock them.

I would love it, love it if we could beat them to break their unbeaten run, but realistically, I can't see it happening.  Damage limitation might be the order of the day unless Poch throws a surprise tactical idea in that will make Tottenham click and push Chelsea back.

PREDICTION Chelsea    3         Tottenham Hotspur    0
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Vlad Chiriches will be assessed late on for his recovery from a knock to his back in the win over Everton, but Kyle Naughton is back from suspension, while six other players are to be given fitness tests to see if they are able to be among the match day squad. 
Diego Costa is suspended from the match for picking up five yellow cards .

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Chelsea  3  (2)                                                                    Tottenham Hotspur  0 (0)
Premier League
Wednesday 3rd December 2014                                                                             Kick off 19:45
Stamford Bridge
Hazard 19m 25s
Drogba 22m 43s
Remy 72m 21s
Matic (foul on Kane)  50


Chirches (shirt pull on Hazard)  49


Crowd :   41,518 Weather :  Chilly, dry
Referee :  Mike Dean (Wirral) Assistant Referees :  Mr. J. Brooks; Mr. M. Mullarkey
Fourth Official :  Chris Foy -
Chelsea kicked off and played towards the Shed end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 4 minutes
Chelsea : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
13  Thibaut COURTOIS

  2  Branislav IVANOVIC
26  John TERRY  (c)
24  Gary CAHILL  (  5  Kurt ZOUMA 46)

21  Nemanja MATIC      

  4  Cesc FABREGAS  (12  Jon Obi MIKEL 76)
10  Eden HAZARD 

11  Didier DROGBA    (18  Loic REMY 67  )

Unused subs: 
  1  Petr CECH
  3  Filipe LUIS
17  Mohammed SALAH

    1  Hugo LLORIS (c)

  6  Vlad CHIRICHES      
21  Federico FAZIO
33  Ben DAVIES

42  Nabil BENTALEB
38  Ryan MASON  (  8  PAULINHO 58)

  7  Aaron LENNON  (22  Nacer CHADLI 58)
11  Erik LAMELA  (  9  Roberto SOLDADO 74)
23  Christian ERIKSEN

18  Harry KANE

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM

15  Eric DIER
  4  Younes KABOUL

Manager :  Jose Mourinho Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
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Match report

While Tottenham showed a commendable start with them having a go at Chelsea, they were picked off by some incisive football that left out defence floundering to a 0-3 defeat, which is about average for Spurs at Stamford Bridge.

A good, aggressive start saw Spurs press Chelsea and earn a couple of corners, with Kane heading a cross from a cleared corner against the angle of bar and post, before capitalising on Cahill treading on the ball out on the Chelsea right, before driving into the box and firing the ball wide across the face of goal, with players waiting for a pull back.

Chelsea's first real shot on target gave them the lead.  A cross-field ball form the right found Eden Hazard, who turned Aaron Lennon with a 360 turn.  Hazard played a little one-two with Drogba and took the return, leaving Chiriches and Lennon standing, as the Belgian ran in to fire it low at goal from the left hand side of the six yard box, leaving Lloris only able to get a hand to it, but couldn't prevent it going past him in off his near post.  It was a poor goal defensively to concede.

Then one became two when Hazard fed Drogba with a simple pass through the middle of the Spurs defence into the penalty box, and he drove it hard past Lloris.  It didn't help as Lloris, under no pressure, inexplicably gave the  ball straight to Hazard 30 yards out, but the play moved quickly to make it 2-0.  So many times we have let a goal in soon after one here and it knocks the stuffing out of a side and also makes any comeback that much more difficult.  It is especially galling when it could have been avoided.

Where Tottenham had been running at Chelsea's defence and getting joy, they now were dispossessed easily and were confined to knocking the ball about in their own half.  When they did get anywhere near the Chelsea box they found six blue shirts barring the way.  Ryan Mason had a shot when Davies pulled a ball back to him form the left to the corner of the area, but his effort lacked power and Courtois dealt with it without too much trouble.

When Chiriches got the ball off Oscar down by the corner flag, he then gave it away back to him and the Brazilian set up his countryman Willian with a shot that luckily didn't trouble Lloris as it was low and straight at him.  Spurs might have been grateful to have gone in at 0-2, but the chances of our "come-back" record being continued were minimal barring a Chelsea meltdown.

After a couple of bookings, Spurs nicked the ball off Willian and broke, with Eriksen firing a shot just over the angle of Courtois' goal, then another break saw Lennon freed in the left side of the box, but he cut back and had the ball taken off him.  At the Tottenham end,  Oscar just failed to get on the end of a lofted ball over the back four and a shot by Willian almost got diverted in by Drogba at the far post, but it went wide.

For Spurs, one attack saw Kane play the ball behind Paulinho and Hugo ended up saving low form Drogba, as the home side broke quickly, then Lamela scooped the ball up and over the Chelsea back line, but substitute Chadli couldn't get there before Courtois grabbed the ball in mid-air.  In the 72nd minute, Chelsea added to their total, with a ball into the Spurs half catching Vertonghen on the turn and Remy, beat him to it; turned him in the box and Jan performed his slip of last season, leaving the former QPR striker the simple task of beating Lloris from 10 yards out and Hugo couldn't move as the ball went past him low to his left.

Oscar could have made it four shortly after, but shot wide from just inside the box, but by now, unless they could score the goal of the season, Chelsea didn't look that bothered.  For all the possession Tottenham had, it was boys against men ,as they were just picked off when they got near the Chelsea box.   Into the last seconds of injury time, Spurs were awarded a free-kick on the left and Eriksen squared it to Chadli, who drove a shot at goal, but Courtois pushed it wide with a dive to his right.

Not a surprise that Spurs lost, but it was disappointing in the nature of the goals conceded.  All weakly defended and if Tottenham are to give away goals like this, then it will be a long hard slog to May.

Burton Bradstock



Chelsea were the original Kings' Road boys with their fancy suits and hair-dos, way back in the 1930s.  Their coiffures were the reason they came to be known as the Chelsea Buns.

Stamford Bridge was built on the site of a bridge over Counter Creek and the early teams took the name of their tactic of breaking from defence into attack from the watercourse, namely the Creek-Attack system.


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Other scores during this week :
Crystal Palace 0 Aston Villa 1 Tuesday
Leicester City 1 Liverpool 3 Tuesday
Manchester United 2 Stoke City 1 Tuesday
Burnley 1 Newcastle United 1 Tuesday
Swansea City 2 QPR 0 Tuesday
West Bromwich Albion 1 West Ham United 2 Tuesday
Everton 1 Hull City 1 Wednesday
Arsenal 1 Southampton 0 Wednesday
Sunderland 1 Manchester City 4 Wednesday




League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 14 11 3 0 33 11 36 +22
2 Manchester City 14 9 3 2 31 14 30 +17
3 Southampton 14 8 2 4 24 10 26 +14
4 Manchester United 14 7 4 3 24 16 25 +8
5 West Ham United 14 7 3 4 23 17 24 +6
6 Arsenal 14 6 5 3 22 15 23 +7
7 Swansea City 14 6 4 4 19 15 22 +4
8 Liverpool 14 6 2 6 19 19 20 0
9 Newcastle United 14 5 5 4 15 17 20 -2
10 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 14 6 2 6 18 21 20 -3
11 Everton 14 4 6 4 24 22 18 +2
16 Aston Villa 14 4 4 6 8 18 16 -10
12 Stoke City 14 4 3 7 14 18 15 -4
13 Sunderland 14 2 8 4 13 23 14 -10
14 West Bromwich Albion 14 3 4 7 14 20 13 -6
15 Crystal Palace 14 3 4 7 18 23 13 -5
17 Hull City 14 2 6 6 15 22 12 -7
18 Burnley 14 2 6 6 10 22 12 -12
19 QPR 14 3 2 9 14 27 11 -13
20 Leicester City 14 2 4 8 14 24 10 -10


Position before match :   9th
Position after the weekend :  10th


* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.


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