Chelsea (Away)
Premier League

Saturday 7th April 2007


Coming so soon after our UEFA Cup match in Sevilla, it leaves little time to recover from the trip and little time for players to overcome knocks they may have picked up.  With both full-backs taking kicks, it might leave Tottenham short in defence, although the return of Rocha alongside Dawson will allow Chimbonda to move back into his more accustomed right back slot.

However, with Lee and Tainio both picking up injuries, it might leave a different Spurs side to take the field at Stamford Bridge just 39 hours after the end of the Sevilla match.

With Chelsea having played in the Champions League at home on Wednesday, they have had a day's benefit to get over their 1-1 draw with Valencia and also did not have to travel, so will be fresher and with a bigger squad will be able to select from a fitter bunch of players.  With the money that Abramovich has stumped up for the Blues to take two Premiership titles on the trot, it is surprising that they currently sit second in the table behind Manchester United.  the problem of getting a consistent run of results from his talented squad has been a problem for Mourinho this season, with Ballack and Shevchenko taking time to settle in.

But with the array of talent available, Mourinho should have no problem taking the title each season.  For many years Chelsea have had the sign over Tottenham, but the league record went up in smoke at the Lane on Bonfire Night and Tottenham took the initiative in the FA Cup tie at Chelsea, before tiring and being pegged back at 3-3 before Chelsea scored two stunning goals in the replay to go through.

Spurs will need to produce a fine performance if they are to get anything out of this match, but I  fear that it will be a backs to the wall effort, with Chelsea pursuing Man U and wanting to ram home their fitness advantage over Tottenham ... and with Rob Styles as referee, having sent off Mido in the game at Spurs last season, we can expect no favours from the match official, but after the Sevilla match, perhaps we should be getting used to it.

PREDICTION : -  Chelsea  2   Tottenham Hotspur   0

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.


CHELSEA :  -  Arjen Robben (knee); Wayne Bridge (knee); Michael Essien (knee); Joe Cole (foot); - (-);

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Anthony Gardner (broken leg); Ledley King (foot); Danny Murphy (Achilles); Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee); Dorian Dervite (knee); - (-);


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

Premier League
Venue : -  Stamford Bridge
Saturday 7th April 2007
Kick Off :  12.45 p.m.
Crowd :   41,864
Referee :  Rob Styles (Waterlooville)
Weather :  -  Dry, warm
Teams : - 
Chelsea :


Terry (c)

Mikel (Joe Cole 83)

Wright-Phillips (Ballack 71)

Kalou (Shevchenko 74)

Unused subs

Tottenham Hotspur :

Robinson (c)


Jenas (Zokora 81)
Tainio (Taarabt 64)


Mido (Berbatov 69)

Unused subs

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  

Carvalho 52

Tottenham Hotspur


Cards : -  

Cole (foul) 90
Drogba (kicking ball away) 90


Tottenham Hotspur 

Ghaly (foul) 17  


Match Report : -  
With just a brief interlude between our last game and this, it was perhaps accepted that it would be a much changed team that took the field against Chelsea and the players who did play in Sevilla, they looked tired in defeat, but gave a good account of themselves even so.

A quick start by Chelsea was designed to take advantage of any lapse in Tottenham concentration, but Spurs did well to keep them out and in the second half came back into it a bit more to give the champions some nervy moments.

Bridge and Wright-Phillips caused Tottenham problems as they found space and ran at our defence, but the number of direct chances on goal were limited.  Both sides paraded a diamond midfield, but Tottenham's point of the diamond - Steed Malbranque - had a tired game and Tottenham lacked forward impetus to start with.  Ghaly's cross was too strong for the lumbering Mido to reach in the first ten minutes, while Chelsea got lots of decisions and free-kicks to put into the Tottenham box.  One of which was given against Ghaly for an innocuous challenge that brought a yellow card from Styles.

One cross saw Wright-Phillips provide a chance for Kalou, but he snatched at his volley and fired it over the top.  Robbo stopped a Carvalho header and then scrambled to keep out a Drogba header.  The little Chelsea winger tried a long range shot that thudded into the advertising hoardings behind the goal, while Dawson intercepted a Lampard ball into the six-yard box by chesting the ball out for a corner and ENO was on his toes to keep Carvalho's far post effort out low at his post.

In the closing stages of the half, Spurs started to hold onto possession and knocked the ball about, if not comfortably, then easier than they had in the early part of the game.  Stalteri knocked the ball forward and Mido and Defoe linked well to work a cross into the area, which brought out a sliding interception from Carvalho.  Then Jenas popped up to strike a 25 yard shot that deflected off Terry as it looked as though it might be heading into the net.

When the teams reappeared for the second half, it was Tottenham who took the initiative and a four man move made space on the left for Chimbonda to cross and Ghaly's header back across the box was met by Mido's head and Cech had to turn in mid-air to push his effort over the bar.  A yard either side of the keeper and with the ball being headed down would have given Tottenham the lead.  Three minutes later and the miss looked all the more costly.

The situation did not seem threatening when Carvalho got the ball 40 yards from goal and stepped forward with it.  Even when he shot, you thought Robinson would have it covered, but Rocha's decision to turn out of the way of the ball at the last minute left the Spurs keeper with little time to react and the ball darted past him into the bottom corner of the net to give Chelsea the lead.  It was harsh on Spurs, who might have let Chelsea have a lot of possession, but the home side had been lacking attacking ideas and had not produced serious shots on target.

As the game approached the hour mark, Drogba produced a low shot with a neat turn and Robbo was equal to it as he kept it out at his post and Kalou was guilty of missing a free header at the far post.  Defoe produced a dipping low shot that Cech could only fumble, but there was no-one following it in, so only after Taarabt replaced Taino, did Tottenham step up the pace.  The injection of enthusiasm the French youngster gave Spurs surprised Chelsea.  Makelele tried to introduce himself to Adel, but he fouled him and from the free-kick, Taarabt found a yard of space and hit his shot from the edge of the box well, but Cech was agile enough to turn it aside for a corner. 

Mido went off looking annoyed at being substituted, but he had done little and what he had done, he didn't do properly.  Berbatov soon found Terry trying to intimidate him by shoving him around, but it had little effect on our Bulgarian striker.  Again Taarabt injected some urgency into the team and a corner was won after neat interplay with Ghaly and Stalteri.

Our best chance of an equaliser came in the 85th minute, when Zokora's free-kick found Berbatov's head and Cech was once more in the right position to save.  It looked like Spurs might go two down when Ghaly put a clearance straight up into the air and Drogba tried an overhead kick, but was off target this time, while at the other end Berbatov laid back Ghaly's pass into the path of Taarabt, who hit a shot from 25 yards out that flew wide of the goal.

Tottenham were striving to get something from the game and Malbranque's attempt at an overhead kick from Berba's head down went harmlessly wide.  Luckily, Rocha was alert in the closing stages to intervene to stop Drogba getting a shot on goal and although he might have been at fault for not blocking the shot for the goal, he did get in a couple of timely tackles in the area after that.

At the end of the game, it looked as though Chelsea were desperate for the final whistle, as Cole dragged down Zokora as it looked like he might break away and was booked and as Spurs tried to take the free-kick, Drogba kicked the ball away, incurring a yellow from the ref too.  it came to nothing and then the end of the game came and Chelsea had achieved their objective in their usual mechanical style.

The atmosphere at their ground was dead.  The persistent chants of "Spurs are going to Glasgow" drowned out any attempts at songs from the blue hordes, who seemed to have only "3-1 and you cocked it up" in their repertoire.  Personally, I would rather watch Man U than Chelsea any day.  They are much more attack minded and more of a fluent side, rather than the dour faceless side that Chelsea are for most of the games they play.  For that reason I hope United win the title and that both teams get to the FA Cup final, so that it will leave seventh place in the league available as a UEFA Cup place.  Selfish ?  Yeah, why not ??




Other scores this weekend :
Arsenal 0 West Ham United 1 Saturday
Blackburn Rovers 1 Aston Villa 2 Saturday
Everton 4 Fulham 1 Friday
Manchester City 0 Charlton Athletic 0 Friday
Middlesbrough 4 Watford 1 Saturday
Portsmouth 2 Manchester United 1 Saturday
Reading 1 Liverpool 2 Saturday
Sheffield United 1 Newcastle United 2 Saturday
Wigan Athletic 1 Bolton Wanderers 3 Saturday



League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester United 32 25 3 4 75 23 78 +52
2 Chelsea 32 23 6 3 56 19 75 +37
3 Liverpool 32 18 6 8 50 22 60 +28
4 Arsenal 31 16 7 8 52 29 55 +23
5 Bolton Wanderers 32 16 5 11 39 39 53 0
6 Everton 32 13 11 8 43 28 50 +15
7 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 32 14 6 12 44 45 48 -1
8 Portsmouth 32 12 10 10 39 33 46 +6
9 Reading 32 13 5 14 44 41 44 +3
10 Newcastle United 32 11 7 14 36 41 40 -5
11 Blackburn Rovers 32 12 4 16 38 47 40 -9
12 Middlesbrough 32 10 9 13 36 39 39 -3
13 Aston Villa 32 8 14 10 32 37 39 -5
14 Manchester City 31 10 7 14 23 34 37 -11
15 Fulham 32 7 14 12 33 49 35 -16
16 Wigan Athletic 32 9 6 17 31 48 33 -17
17 Charlton Athletic 32 8 7 17 29 49 31 -20
18 Sheffield United 32 8 7 17 26 47 31 -21
19 West Ham United 32 8 5 19 26 51 29 -25
20 Watford 32 3 11 18 20 51 20 -31


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