Chelsea (Away)
Premier League

Saturday 12th January 2008


73 games unbeaten at home, only one loss to Spurs since the Premier League started; riding high since Avram Grant has got the team believing in him.

With a number of key players away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations and some injured too, it is a good time to be playing the Pensioners, but we are not at full strength either.  We have suspensions hitting the team as well as the same things the home side have and there will need to be a repeat of the performance at Highbury on Wednesday to come away with anything from this game.

Maybe it's my cold induced torpor, but I think it won't be quite just yet that our away day blues end at the home of the Blues.  I think it might be tighter than my prediction suggests, but I reckon we will lose out once more ...

PREDICTION : -  Chelsea  2   Tottenham Hotspur   0

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CHELSEA :  -  Jon-Obi Mikel, Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Solomon Kalou (all on international duty); Claude Makelele (ear); John Terry (foot); 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Anthony Gardner (ankle); Gareth Bale (foot); Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee); Darren Bent (thigh);  Tom Huddlestone (suspended 2 of 3); Didier Zokora (international duty and suspension); Jermaine Jenas (suspension); - (-); - (-); - (-); 


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Chelsea   2   Tottenham Hotspur    0      (Half-time score : 1-0)

Premier League
Venue : -  Stamford Bridge
Saturday 12th January 2008
Kick Off :  3.00 p.m.
Crowd :   41,777
Referee :  Alan Wiley (Burntwood)
Weather :  -  Dry, clear, chilly
Teams : - 
Chelsea :

  1 Cech

35 Belletti

15 Malouda  (18 Bridge 84)
Ballack (c)   
Wright-Phillips (  9 Sidwell 90)

14 Pizarro (39 Anelka 58)

Unused subs: 
23 Cudicini

Tottenham Hotspur :

12 Cerny

  2 Chimbonda
King (c)

25 Lennon    
O'Hara     (18 Defoe 77)
Boateng     (  5 Kaboul 84)
Malbranque     (19 Taarabt 59)

10 Keane

Unused subs: 
  1 Robinson

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  

Belletti 19
Wright-Phillips 81

Tottenham Hotspur


Cards : -  

Makelele (foul) 58
Ballack (foul) 68



Tottenham Hotspur 

Boateng (foul) 23
Malbranque (foul) 53
O'Hara (foul) 75
Lennon (foul) 78  


Match Report : -  
Another disappointing return from Stamford Bridge, but one which had a bit more optimism than usual, as, even though both sides were shorn of some of their regulars and Berbatov decided to put in a less than committed performance, there were signs that we are not too far off the top sides.  Having said that, we are still no nearer beating them at the moment.  0-2 might be a bit harsh, as Chelsea scored their second just when we looked like getting back into the match, but, much as the way things have gone this season, it always goes against us when we least expect it.

Springing the surprise of leaving Robinson on the bench yet again, Ramos' decision looked solid, as Cerny made a couple of good saves and had little opportunity to save either goal.  I have a feeling Juande might bring Robinson back in on Tuesday, having let him stew on the sidelines and he might be more up for it.  Competition for places is no bad thing and Robinson might actually benefit from it.

The early exchanges saw defenders stopping any progress at either end, then, when Spurs did earn a corner, Carvalho cleared easily at the near post. When the same happened at the other end, with King knocking a cross away, Belletti got the ball miles out and hit a screamer that ripped past Cerny into the top corner.  Goal of the Month ?? You bet !!  Why is it always us ??

In one blink of an eye in 18 minutes, Spurs were suddenly behind when they looked in little danger up to that point.

But then, in an instant, we could have been level, had Berbatov got a better touch to Lennon's cross.  Kevin-Prince Boateng is finding it hard to settle into the English game and he hauled down Joe Cole to earn a yellow card, as the first of all four of our midfielders got booked in the match.  This is a bit surprising, as this was the area we lost the game in, with Chelsea over-running our reformed engine room and also as none of our midfielders got close to Belletti for the goal, whereas every time they got near a blue shirt after that a yellow card came out.  In the second half, Malbranque had to be taken off before he got sent off after a couple of incidents just after he got booked !!

With half an hour on the clock, Spurs had another good chance, which brought a good save from Cech.  Lennon picked out Steed with a cross and 12 yards out, he hit a volley that Cech did well to dive and push aside.  Things might have got worse nearer half-time, as Ballack put a loose ball past Cerny, but luckily for Tottenham, the linesman's offside flag ruled him offside.

This allowed us to turn around one goal down, but still in the game, although not looking like we were that threatening.  I am not sure if it is just me, but on Wednesday and today too, there seemed to be a lack of passion.  Maybe it is our record against the two sides, so the feeling that we are likely to get anything out of the game is diminished or whether the games against London sides are just other games now, rather than the fiercely contested London derbies of my youth.

Whatever it was, the game meandered on.  Anelka came on to take the field as Chelsea's latest multi-million pound purchase and he is apparently now the most expensive player in the history of the game.  Can you believe that ?  What would Pele be worth ??? Or Greavsie ??

Anyway, he almost paid back some of his transfer fee straight away, as he took Wright-Phillips' back-heel, turned sharply and struck a left foot shot that was destined to end up inside the right hand post of Cerny's goal until the Czech keeper dived to palm the ball wide.  I was a very good save.

With twenty minutes left, Spurs almost got back into it.  Lennon weaved his way across the face of the penalty box and Ballack hastily upended him right inside the D.  Wiley's decision was a booking and a free-kick, not a penalty.  Berbatov claimed it and curled it over the wall, but around the post too, as he was probably a little too close to score from it.

Ten minutes later, Keane nearly got on the end of a Boateng first-time cross that beat Alex (according to the ref, who did not give a corner), but bounced beyond Robbie.  Then, from the goal-kick, Chelsea got a right wing throw, which found it's way to Joe Cole and his ball inside to Wright-Phillips on the edge of the area was a little short.  As Ledley slid in to block the little winger, he got there first and struck his shot through the Spurs captain's legs and with enough power to beat Cerny's dive.

It was a blow, as Spurs had been looking the side more likely to score in the previous ten minutes and once more we were punished by the taking of a half-chance.  Like so many other matches, the scorer then showed his true form by poking a shot well wide from a central position when he should have easily beaten the Spurs goalie.

We were spared an embarrassing third, when Anelka seized on Dawson's slip in the area and hit a shot that bounced down off the underside of the bar and out, rather than in.  There was one last opportunity for Tottenham, when Taarabt's free-kick was woefully headed wide by Defoe in injury time, and just afterwards, Joe Cole poked a 20 yard shot on target, which Cerny did well to push aside.

No bus parked in front of the goal, but an attacking effort, although, with a depleted midfield, it was always going to be a big ask.  Maybe the score-lines are not showing the improvement, but one day we will make that breakthrough against the top four.  And when we do, it might release some of the psychological tension in these games, which might be replacing the passion.





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Other scores this weekend :
Arsenal 1 Birmingham City 1 Saturday
Aston Villa 3 Reading 1 Saturday
Derby County 0 Wigan Athletic 1 Saturday
Everton 1 Manchester City 0 Saturday
Middlesbrough 1 Liverpool 1 Saturday
Manchester United 6 Newcastle United 0 Saturday
West Ham United 2 Fulham 1 Saturday
Sunderland 2 Portsmouth 0 Sunday
Bolton Wanderers 1 Blackburn Rovers 2 Sunday



League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester United 22 16 3 3 44 11 51 +34
2 Arsenal 22 15 6 1 43 17 51 +26
3 Chelsea 22 14 5 3 35 16 47 +19
4 Liverpool 21 10 9 2 35 14 39 +21
5 Everton 22 12 3 7 38 22 39 +17
6 Manchester City 22 11 6 5 29 23 39 +6
7 Aston Villa 22 11 6 5 40 28 39 +12
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 10 6 6 30 29 36 +1
9 Portsmouth 22 9 7 6 31 22 34 +9
10 West Ham United 21 9 5 7 27 20 32 +7
11 Newcastle United 22 7 5 10 27 39 26 -13
12 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 22 6 6 10 42 40 24 +2
13 Reading 22 6 4 12 30 47 22 -17
14 Middlesbrough 22 5 6 11 19 36 21 -17
15 Bolton Wanderers 22 5 5 12 24 34 20 -10
16 Birmingham City 22 5 5 12 23 33 20 -10
17 Wigan Athletic 22 5 5 13 22 37 20 -15
18 Sunderland 22 5 5 12 22 40 20 -18
19 Fulham 22 2 9 11 23 38 15 -15
20 Derby County 22 1 4 17 10 47 7 -37


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