Spiga

Tottenham 4 - 4 Chelsea

Scorers:Drogba(3'), Essien(20'), J.Cole(52', 80'), Woodgate(12'), Berbatov(61'), Huddlestone(75'), Keane(88').

Starting Eleven:

Cudicini
Ferreira, CArvalho, Terry, A.Cole
Essien, Makalele, Lampard
J.Cole, Drogba, Kalou

Avram Grant continues to fluff his lines on the big stage. The Chelsea coach's negative substitution of an attacker, Salomon Kalou, for a center-half, Alex, invited Spurs on, setting up a thrilling climax in which Robbie Keane struck a marvelous equalizer which will have been celebrated as wildly by followers of Arsenal and Manchester United as by the Tottenham faithful.


Drogba had shown Chelsea's ruthless intent early on, although his headed goal was cloaked in controversy. Almost 30 yards out, the free-kick appeared perfectly placed for a Frank Lampard special but Drogba claimed responsibility, taking two steps and bending the ball into the leaping bodies in the wall. The rebound was in the domain of Terry. The Chelsea captain elegantly lifted the ball across from the left towards the far post. Drogba had read Terry's intentions, darting in ahead of the slow-reacting Jermaine Jenas to nod Chelsea in front.

When Claude Makelele was penalised for climbing over Aaron Lennon, Jenas took charge of the free-kick on the right. Woodgate rose high to head in the equalizer. Joe Cole made the telling break, dribbling through the middle. With Essien and Drogba lurking on the edge of the area, Cole released the ball, which rebounded from Drogba to Essien. His response was magnificent, the ball lifted unerringly over Robinson for his first of the season.

Chelsea score their third when Cole's shot sped through Robinson's legs, clipped the keeper's heel and looped up and in, to Robinson's deep anguish. Spurs had pulled a goal back when Tom Huddlestone curled over a corner, Berbatov leaned gently into Terry, opening up a yard of space. As the ball dropped in, Berbatov flicked a header, almost languidly, high into the net.

Then Tottenham scored their third thanks to Huddlestone. Keane clipped over a corner from the left and Berbatov's presence caused chaos in the box, allowing the ball to fly through to Huddlestone. What a response! The midfielder drilled the ball unerringly in past Cudicini: 3-3. But there was more, remarkably so. When Spurs foolishly conceded possession on the right, Chelsea leapt into life, Drogba finding Joe Cole. The England international again ghosted around Chimbonda and found the net with a brilliant finish, the ball placed at speed past the exposed Robinson.

But then came Keane. What a finish! What a game! Chelsea were poor in set-pieces, conceding thrice from such situations. Even with one of the tallest squad in the League we were beaten in the air almost eveytime. The substitutions were pathetic from Grant and brilliant from Ramos. Next up is Arsenal at the Bridge. If Grant continues his form in big matches, our home record is looking to be under great threat.

2 comments:

  Deepak

10 April 2008 at 10:48

s u know that tottenham is third leading goal scoring in epl.but the match against the title contenders cant even stop him with scoring more goals, and the result came to be draw.The new manager offf chelsea is not capable of giving his side much confidence as mourinho did.So i want to tell u that chelsea r only the contenders not become the title winners because of its match against man united. they are not good in counter attack.
As u see in the 1st leg of quarter finals in fenerbache,they lost to 1-2,and the goal that was scored is an own goal.the team that is qualified for the first time to quarters and they made a mark and send chelsea on backfoot,even though they won the second leg in home , but this shows their confidence,
if u have any answer for this comment ,then i will be pleased.

  Aravind

13 April 2008 at 00:31

@ Deepak:
Grant may not be the best thing that happened to Chelsea, and Chelsea might not be playing the most beautiful football that I've seen. But what's important for me is that we are winning and we gave a realistic chance of taking UCL and EPL. As a Blue's fan, I'm happy.