BluesChronicle: Seems a quiet night so far on Tottenham High Rd (all 2 miles of it). Strangely devoid of the usual wailing sirens. Still, it’s early yet.
chelseayouth: John Terry will score tonight. He may tend to play badly when on the front pages but typically pops up with a goal.
TheChelseaBlog: Chelsea team: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Meireles, Sturridge, Drogba, Mata.
TheChelseaBlog: Spurs team: Friedel; Walker King Gallas Assou-Ekotto; Modric Parker Sandro Bale; Van der Vaart; Adebayor.
BluesChronicle: Bale starts for Tottenham.
chelseaoffside: Chelsea bench v. Spurs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Romeu, Lampard, Malouda, Kalou, Torres.
ChelseaChadder: Didier Drogba is still waiting for his 150th Chelsea goal. Tonight would be good. Would be level with Osgood and Bentley.
chelseaoffside: This is going to be hella interesting. Welcome to the show, Mr. Mikel.
OptaJoe: 9 – Spurs are the only team with a 100% record in London derbies this season, Chelsea the only capital side without a derby point. Manor.
BluesChronicle: Lots of disquiet among Chelsea fans on Twitter about Mikel starting ahead of Romeu. Big test for Obi – hope he’s able to step-up.
TheChelsOrg: Ten minutes until kick off – win this and we’ll be the top London team at Christmas.
The first half…
BluesChronicle: Just so I don’t need to repeat this every few minutes: assume that every time JT touches the ball, he is getting a big pantomime ‘boo’.
ChelseaAnalysis: John Terry tested early with pace against Bale. Bale fires but it’s cleared out for a corner.
AndrewTurmer: Can we have the ball back please?
bridgeviews: Cech. For fuck’s sake.
JoeTweeds: Show Bale the outside? Great defending Bosingwa. Sturridge losing the ball too easily.
Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea: Bale down the left squares across the 6yd box for Adebayor to stroll onto. Been coming. Been all Spurs so far.
— Dan Levene (@BluesChronicle) December 22, 2011
BluesChronicle: Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea: Bale down the left squares across the 6yd box for Adebayor to stroll onto. Been coming. Been all Spurs so far.
Goal video: 8′ Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Chelsea – Adebayor
BluesChronicle: Lots of talk pre-match about the Bale vs Bosingwa duel. There is no duel: Bosingwa is already getting slaughtered.
bridgeviews: Bloody hell. Sturridge…really should have scored. Dammit.
BluesChronicle: Immediately a chance to level: Mata with a long-range shot saved by Friedel; Sturridge shoots the rebound over the bar.
AndrewTurmer: Very simple tactics…give the ball to Bale and they’ll create endless chances.
ChelseaAnalysis: Tactical foul from Ivanovic who couldn’t keep up with Gareth Bale’s pace. Has to be more aware next time.
chelseaoffside: Never a foul, much less a yellow card.
AndrewTurmer: We are getting absolutely battered.
ChelseaAnalysis: Possession: Tottenham 71% Chelsea 29%. Says it all.
BluesChronicle: AVB a lone figure standing in the technical area. Doesn’t look happy. Then, does he ever?
BluesChronicle: Yellow for Adebayor – left a foot in on Meireles.
BluesChronicle: Chelsea fans: “You burnt your own town, you burnt your own town, you stupid b*******, you burnt your own town.” LOL.
chelseafc: 1-1! Sturridge!
1-1. Cole collects Drogba’s flick and fires in a fantastic cross for Studge to blast home from close range. Excellent response. #cfc
— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) December 22, 2011
chelseafc: 1-1. Cole collects Drogba’s flick and fires in a fantastic cross for Studge to blast home from close range. Excellent response.
Goal video: 23′ Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Chelsea – Sturridge
OptaJoe: 6 – Daniel Sturridge has now either scored (5) or assisted (1) a goal in each of Chelsea’s last six PL games. Integral.
JoeTweeds: What a steal Sturridge is. £6m? He’s worth six times that, easily. Assists & goals in a position he’s learning.
BluesChronicle: Drogba takes the ball down onto his chest and half-volley’s against the bar. Keeper was beaten.
BluesChronicle: Ivanovic talking to the team doc off-pitch as the game continues. Seems to be an issue with his left knee.
bridgeviews: Ivanovic injured. Oh dear god.
BluesChronicle: Ivanovic off: retires to a seat on the bench and chucks his coat down in disappointment. Paulo Ferreira to come on.
BluesChronicle: Chelsea sub: Ferreira on for the injured Ivanovic. Ferreira goes to right back, with Bosingwa pushing into the middle.
chelseafc: Adebayor should have seen a second yellow for studding Mikel’s Achilles. No need.
BluesChronicle: Ramires yellow for late tackle on Bale.
BluesChronicle: AVB tells Romeu to go and warm-up again. He’ll be starting the second half, guaranteed.
ChelseaAnalysis: Mikel seems to be having trouble. Down with an injury.
chelseafc: Romeu replaces Mikel.
BluesChronicle: HT: Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea. Spurs looked well in control when Adebayor gave them a lead. But after Sturridge equaliser it’s all to play for.
The second half…
ChelseaAnalysis: Risk Lampard (on his 4th yellow) or bring Torres on? He needs to bring Torres on to clear the air before January.
bridgeviews: Pundits speculating about AVB and not keeping Alex onside. No-one knows what’s really gone on behind the scenes…
chelseafc: Drogba is immediately fouled. Inviting distance… And it’s only just deflected over.
chelseafc: Chelsea maintaining the pressure. A Sturridge breakaway, then shots from Ferreira and Meireles keeping the Spurs rearguard busy.
bridgeviews: Not perfect, but deserves more respect RT @ReviewFootball: Mikel leaves field making 28 passes, 93% accuracy. Won all ground duels too (2).
BluesChronicle: Ramires runs onto a diagonal pass, one-on-on with the keeper, but Friedel gets low and blocks it.
ChelseaAnalysis: Header from Terry saved by Friedel.
BluesChronicle: AVB turns to DiMatteo for a word. No idea what it is, but I’m sure it involves the words ‘incentivate’ & ‘medium low block’. Robbie baffled.
chelseafc: Looks like Torres is coming on soon.
BluesChronicle: Adebayor bags it, and three quarters of WHL goes up: but the lino is waving offside. “Sit down, shut-up,” sings the away end.
bridgeviews: Aside from the missed chances, we’re not playing too badly going forward. Just have no faith we won’t concede.
chelseafc: Spurs fans growing frustrated as their moves keep breaking down. 1-1.
chelseafc: Free header for Sandro but the Spurs midfielder puts it wide.
BluesChronicle: Yellow for Bale for a scissor tackle from behind on Cole.
AndrewTurmer: Terrible refereeing from Webb. Wait for the Sturridge counter-attack then book Bale.
BluesChronicle: Well, who’d have thought Ferreira had it in him? Bale, tearing Bosingwa apart, is now in Paulo’s pocket. I really wasn’t expecting that.
chelseafc: Lightning break and great delivery by Ramires forces Walker to clear hastily. Could have gone anywhere. 1-1.
TheChelsOrg: Just under twenty mins remaining, we can certainly win this.
chelseafc: Sturridge creates another opening, and Friedel fumbles the fierce shot. Spurs clear.
TheChelsOrg: Mata sticks the ball in the net but it’s offside.
chelseafc: Adebayor should be off. Another reckless tackle, this time on Terry, ought to have brought a second yellow. Poor.
BluesChronicle: Chelsea sub: Torres on for Drogba.
BluesChronicle: 10 mins to go. A goal could come from anywhere in this game. But for the moment at least, Chelsea look more comfortable than their hosts.
chelseafc: 1-1, five minutes to go. Let’s hope if there’s a late sting it’s from Chelsea’s tail.
BluesChronicle: Superb Cech save: jumps to deflect a spinning inbound shot over the bar with his fingertips.
BluesChronicle: Was that the chance? Ramires heads wide from about seven yards. The grimace on his face says he knows what a miss it was.
chelseafc: Chelsea pressing and probing, and Spurs struggling to cope, but Romeu ends a move with a drilled shot wide of Friedel’s left post.
BluesChronicle: 3 mins added time.
ChelseaActivity: JOHN TERRY YOU BEAUTIFUL MAN! Blocks a clearcut goal from Adebayor. Legend.
TheChelsOrg: Final whistle – 1-1!
BluesChronicle: FT: Spurs 1-1 Chelsea. Blues run-ragged down the right ’til AVB forced to play Ferreira there. Then all-change. Goals: Adebayor, Sturridge.
OptaJoe: 1 – Tottenham are the highest placed London side in the Premier League at Christmas for the first time since 1995. Britpop.
BluesChronicle: The Chelsea team, led by captain Terry, stride over to the away end and applaud their fans – who are all on their feet.
chelseaoffside: Damn pleased with the performance even if we couldn’t collect all three points. Overran them in the second half.
MacAree: Paulo Ferreira is still a class player. Deserves so much more respect than he gets.
Blue_TintedCFC: Massive credit to the whole team but particularly Cole, Meireles, Terry and Sturridge. Mikel and Romeu a half each of great shielding.
chelseaoffside: Let’s talk about the entire defense tonight. We had a fucking motley crew out there and they were imperious. Insane.
chelseayouth: Paulo Ferreira and Jose Bosingwa. Oft maligned, utterly heroic tonight. Then there’s Terry. Class.
The match reports
The Daily Telegraph, Henry Winter: “An enthralling, end-to-end game ended with honours even, deservedly so. It also finished with John Terry, whose astonishing last-minute clearance of an Emmanuel Adebayor shot had rescued Chelsea, marching across to the visiting fans, thumping the lion on his club shirt, as Spurs supporters vilified him.”
The Guardian, Dominic Fifield: “Tottenham Hotspur will spend Christmas as London’s highest ranked team though, even with a point secured, this rather hinted at a reality check. Chelsea were supposed to arrive here vulnerable and distracted by the furore over John Terry’s alleged racist abuse of Anton Ferdinand. In the end it was Andre Villas-Boas’ side, with their captain growing into the contest in defiance of a din of abuse, who arguably emerged the stronger.”
The Independent, Sam Wallace: “Much of the aggression from the stands was directed, as expected, at Terry who was booed and abused in song by the Spurs fans even more than he usually is when he comes here. He left the pitch at the end of the match shirtless and defiant, his jersey thrown to the away supporters, typically a sign that he believes he has had a good game and, on this occasion, there was no disputing that fact.”
The Official Chelsea FC Website: “A wonderfully entertaining game and a draw was probably a fair result in the end. Chelsea had to defend in the early stages and were behind after seven minutes when Emmanuel Adebayor met Gareth Bale’s cross to fire past Petr Cech. Daniel Sturridge pulled us back into the game midway through the first half from Ashley Cole’s cross, a move which had the home supporters calling for a handball. Chelsea were the better side in the second half and the two best chances fell to Ramires who should have secured all three points for the Blues.”