Chelsea (Away)
FA Cup Sixth Round

Sunday 11th March 2007


With a high ratio of goals for in the last few games, the main thing worrying Tottenham will be the equally high ratio of goals against as they travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter final.

An inability to keep a clean sheet, even when they have dominated the game, could prove a drawback for Tottenham, as they come up against a potent strike-force in Didier Drogba and Andrei Shevchenko.  Both are class goal-scorers and with Ledley King missing, a great onus will fall upon Michael Dawson and Anthony Gardner to keep the two Blues strikers quiet.  I can see Drogba trying to match up with Gardner, as he might fancy his chances of out-muscling him more than Dawson.

Spurs will need to match the midfield of Chelsea and if Jenas can return, he might have a crucial role to play in tracking back with the runners in the Chelsea side.  Zokora could also play a useful role, in both breaking up and starting attacks, with Lennon giving Tottenham the threat with his pace and Malbranque giving some endeavour on the opposite wing.  It is not a game for faint hearts, so Ghaly might need to miss out in this match, with Defoe likely to partner Berbatov up front, even though Robbie hit the net twice in Portugal.

With the Chelsea defence possibly missing John Terry, it might open up the opportunities for Spurs, although the Pensioners defence will now be aware of the ability of Berbatov now. 

It should be a cracking game with Spurs having beaten Chelsea already this season.  That is not to say that it will happen again, as the home side will be keen to get back to winning ways against Spurs, although, the way Tottenham are playing at the moment, I believe they have the belief to go on and get through to the semi-final ...

PREDICTION : -  Chelsea  1   Tottenham Hotspur   2

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


CHELSEA :  -  Joe Cole (foot); - (-);

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Ledley King (foot); Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee); Paul Robinson (thigh); Robbie Keane (ankle); - (-); 


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Chelsea   3   Tottenham Hotspur    3      (Half-time score : 1-3)

FA Cup Sixth Round
Venue : -  Stamford Bridge
Sunday 11th March 2007
Kick Off :  12.45 p.m.
Crowd :   41,517
Referee :  Mike Riley (Leeds)
Weather :  -  Bright sunshine, mild
Teams : - 
Chelsea :


Ferreira (Wright-Phillips 34)
A. Cole (Kalou 64)

Diarra (Boulharouz 57)


Unused subs

Tottenham Hotspur :


Dawson (c)
YP Lee

Ghaly (Gardner 81)

Lennon (Malbranque 77)

Berbatov (Mido 66)

Unused subs

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  

Lampard 22
Lampard 70
Kalou 86

Tottenham Hotspur

Berbatov 5
Essien (o.g) 28
Ghaly 36

Cards : -  

Diarra (foul) 54
Carvalho (foul) 56
A. Cole (foul) 59
Kalou (handball) 69


Tottenham Hotspur 

Ghaly (foul) 41
Zokora (foul) 44
Lee (foul) 46
Stalteri (foul) 50
Cerny (time wasting) 83  


Match Report : -  
A cracking FA Cup quarter final saw Tottenham lose a two goal half-time lead, but almost take another last minute winner when Jermain Defoe smashed a shot that rattled the Chelsea bar and came out to leave the score at 3-3, so it's all down the Lane in eight days

Spurs had a dream start and a highly successful first half in which they raced to a 3-1 lead and made Jose Mourinho change his tactics at least three times.  Aaron Lennon had already run across the face of  the box and hit a weak shot at Cech before Tottenham took a fifth minute lead.  With Defoe making a similar run to Defoe's, he played the ball wide for Ghaly, but Lennon thought it was for him on the edge of the D and nipped it into the area, where Dimitar Berbatov strode onto it and smashed a shot past Cech which bulged the net in front of the Chelsea fans.

It was a boost for Spurs to go a goal ahead, but it was as important to keep Chelsea out at the other end.  The game was surprisingly open, with Defoe playing a ball across the six yard line which was just too far ahead of Lennon, then Chelsea's first effort came when a Lampost free-kick was nodded over by Essien, who got too much on his glanced header.  Defoe was a yard away from Berbatov's low ball in and the little Tottenham striker shot wide when Zokora played him in.  In the early stages, the closest the home side came was when Robben's low cross hit Dawson's heel and went agonisingly close to Radek Cerny's near post.  In for the thigh injury to Robinson, Cerny did well and he had little chance with any of the goals.  His handling was sure and he looked untroubled with crosses or shots.

With 21 minutes on the clock, Chelsea got a fortunate equaliser.  From a Drogba cross, the ball bobbled about the box and Ballack hit a shot that was going well wide, until Lampost stuck out a leg and directed it past Cerny and a defender on the line.  It was hardly deserved and represented the first threat on the Tottenham goal, coming about by chance rather than good play.  So, a setback, but would it be one that Spurs could tackle ?

Within seven minutes, they should it was one they could overcome.  Tainio brought the ball forward and the ball was played through Ghaly to Lennon on the right.  With Defoe and Berbatov in behind the defenders coming to the near post, it needed the right delivery, but Lennon played it into the near post and Essien got to it first.  He got to it before Cech and slid the ball into his own net to make it 2-1 to Spurs.  The Chelsea man ended up limping after his won goal and the Ivorian striker Drogba fell heavily on his ankle and to leave them with walking wounded, with Shevchenko left groggy after being bowled over by Dawson's jump for a header.

When the ball went up the Spurs end, it almost ended up in an own goal there too.  Robben jinked round Lee and his low ball into the six yard box was sliced over the grounded Cerny by Dawson, but Stalteri was on hand to kick the ball clear from in front of goal.  The Tottenham start shook Mourinho into taking full back Ferreira off and replacing him with Shaun Wright-Phillips.  This rearranged the Blues formation, but within a couple of minutes Mourinho had more problems as Tottenham went further ahead.

It was Berbatov, who was chasing back, who helped Stalteri dispossess Robben, who lay on the floor forlornly looking for a free-kick.  Giving the ball to Ghaly, the Egyptian moved forward with purpose and ran from 25 yards inside his own half and when he played a pass through to Lennon, it was intercepted, but went straight up in the air.  As three blue-shirted defenders stood wondering who would challenge for the ball, Ghaly jumped through them to chest the ball down and although Lennon and Defoe were in front of him, he ran past them and played the ball under Cech with the outside of his right foot to widen the lead. 

The goal summed up what is good about Ghaly and the fact he concedes possession so freely makes it all the more frustrating when you see what he is capable of.  He is also capable of clattering into players and after about three goes, Mike Riley decided to produce a yellow card.  Then Zokora got one for his first foul; then after the break Lee got one for his first foul; then later, Stalteri got booked for a foul.  Even later, Cerny got a yellow for time-wasting.  The referee really got out of control with his cards, as it was not a dirty game, although he failed to give Lampost a yellow for throwing himself on Defoe late on when he was on the ground.  He did get yellows out for Diarra, Carvalho, Cole and Kalou as the second half progressed.

Back to the football, a Robben free-kick was fired in and Essien was on the far post and looked favourite to score, but somehow missed the target to leave Tottenham 3-1 ahead at the interval.

With Tottenham's propensity to leak goals, it would have been nice to have had a fourth to give a cushion against a Chelsea comeback and there were moments when that could have happened.  The first came in the 50th minute, when Zokora's astute pass through the square Chelsea defence put Lennon through on Cech, but the Czech kept the ball out with a good low save, although the ball bounced away to Ghaly, who lifted a delicate cross to the far post, where Defoe's header was kept out by Cech's reaction save, although he was put off by the proximity of Cole's studs to his head. 

After Diarra's substitution, with Boulharouz coming on, Chelsea had to change their tactics once more.  Pushing three up front, with three at the back, they were struggling to find a way past Spurs and to contend with their attacking moves.  A foul by Cole gave Spurs a free-kick outside the box and Berbatov hit the wall rather than repeated his goal of last Sunday against West Ham.  It was almost the last involvement the ragged Cole made, as he was taken off, much to his own disbelief, to be replaced by striker Kalou.

The substitute's first intervention was to stop his side getting to 3-2, as he got in the way of Carvalho's shot following some pinball in the box following a corner.  The ball looked to be heading inside the post, until it struck the striker and came out to be cleared.  Kalou's second bit of action saw him get the ball in the net, but use his hand and pick up a yellow card for cheating.  It is something that Robben might have joined him in, as he produced the least convincing dive seen for quite a while in a vain attempt to win a penalty, but RiIley did not see it as a yellow card offence.  Mido was introduced in Berbatov's place, as the Bulgarian was suffering with a groin strain, but his replacement had a game where he looked as though he was not at the races.

With 20 minutes left, Chelsea finally got a goal to bring the margin down to one goal.  Spurs had been tiring and without Kalou in the way, when a corner dropped to Ballack and his shot was blocked, Lampost was once more on hand to score from close range.  With a more attacking mentality, Tottenham had taken the game to Chelsea.  Now the emphasis was on dropping deeper and threatening the Blues goal less often, which meant that the ball kept coming back towards the Tottenham goal.  Lennon left the fray as he looked tired and Malbranque came on, but could not get into the game, as the tide was flowing in the opposite direction.

Zokora and Essien exchanged 25 yard efforts that did not possess much threat and when Gardner came on for Ghaly, it looked a good move to prevent the Egyptian getting sent off, but unbalanced the side even more, as Lee moved into midfield.  Drogba looked to match up with Gardner, as he knew he had the physical strength advantage over the Spurs sub, whereas, against Dawson, he had not been getting much joy.

And so it proved, when four minutes from time, he won the ball at the far side of the area and headed down to where Kalou stood and he had time to turn his volley past Cerny for the third Chelsea goal.  It was a blow, but not one which hadn't been coming.  The way Tottenham have been playing lately has seen them score quite a few, but let almost an equal number in.  This time it was equal.

But a last minute goal would not have been unfamiliar territory either for Tottenham.  So, when Defoe set of on an 88th minute run, he looked tired, with a number of blue shirts ahead of him.  But he kept going, broke through two players tackling him and chested the ball into the area, where he unleashed a ferocious shot that had Cech beaten all ends up, but it did not beat the crossbar, which shook with terror after it kept his drive out.

Into added time, it was just a question of trying to hang on.  Most of the players had given their all and were knackered after the exertions of the Braga match just three days before.  They did well to limit Chelsea to two long range efforts.  One from Shevchenko went well over and Lampost's went wide, while Defoe laid the ball into Zokora's path and he chose to cut inside and shoot rather than give an easy path to a better positioned Malbranque on the right side of the area and the chance was easily saved.

Still, at least we have another chance now at home, although many might think that this was our best chance to get a result and they would have been right.  Jol rested some of the players by substituting them with Wednesday night's game in mind and with Robinson, Keane and Jenas to come back, it might be an interesting replay.





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The convivial time the two managers spent together before the kick off did not extend to the match itself, when Martin Jol produced a team structure that gave Chelsea a very tough hour.  The effort put in by the team took it's toll and the resources available to him from the bench were not up to those he started with and the inevitable comeback resulted in an equaliser four minutes from time.

But wouldn't you just like to see Spurs win to put right some Chelsea wrongs.

Lampard continually whingeing at the ref/Spurs players/Chelsea players/anyone who came within earshot of the prima doner kebab eater.

Robben throwing himself to the floor in the area in a most unconvincing fashion and not being ashamed like any real man would be when the ref twigged it, but still didn't book him (perhaps Jose was right).

Kalou punching the ball into the net.

Mourinho pressurising the referee and the other officials with his constant harping on.

Lampard's fouls and niggling for the majority of the match as he couldn't take the fact his side were being out-classed.

Shevchenko making a big fuss and getting away with throwing the ball away in a huff.

Ashley Cole.

Isn't that enough to justify why we need a break to see off these arrogant poseurs.

Apart from Ghaly's less than well-timed tackles, there were some soft bookings for Tottenham players and the handball that Carvalho made to stop a cross into the box was another one that got away.

Here's to a win in the replay, although it does appear to be hopeful that lightning will strike twice.


For once, Tottenham showed that it does not take a physical approach to see Chelsea ran ragged.

There was no Santini style bus parked in front of our goal, which perhaps we might have benefited from in the last 20 minutes, but an attacking willingness to go at the ramshackle Blues defence that took them apart.

Lennon did really well making the space his own and Berbatov showed his finishing is clinical as he drilled the ball past Cech.  Essien slid the ball past Cech when there looked little danger and Ghaly had the benefit of momentum that took him into the jump against three static Chelsea men, who lacked the ability to move into their jumps and then he took the chance with great poise after virtually running the whole length of the pitch.

The second half was one that saw Tottenham tire and sit back, although they should have been 4-1 up before Chelsea got back into the match.  The final equaliser came four minutes from the end and was a bit of a heartbreaker, but the tepid performances of Gardner and Mido left Spurs up against a Chelsea team who had four strikers on at the end of the match in a desperate attempt to get something out of the game.

Jol seemed to work his tactics well, but was hampered by the tired legs after the succession of games had started to take it's toll.

Back at the Lane, Tottenham will have home advantage, but having become the first team to score three goals against the Pensioners, it might need another effort of the same magnitude to go through to the semi-final.




Other scores this weekend :
Blackburn Rovers 2 Manchester City 0 Sunday
Plymouth Argyle 0 Watford 1 Sunday
Middlesbrough 2 Manchester United 2 Saturday


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