Saturday 28th September 2013
Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea.
Goals: Sigurdsson 19′ (Spurs). John Terry 65′ (Chelsea), Torres sent off 81′ (Chelsea).
Good result for both teams I feel. Very high intensity game, end to end, lovely football from both teams at times. A point is a fair result. Our first half performance was dazzling, we worked the ball really well in midfield and defensively we were extremely solid. We got the goal at nineteen minutes with a beautifully worked Gylfi Sigurdsson goal, Christian Eriksen working some more magic and Soldado assisted, we were flying! The second half was totally different. We were pushed hard, Juan Mata came on and controlled the game, a bad decision not to start him from Jose Mourinho! We were fully on the back foot, but Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawsom stood firm until a beautifully waited ball into the box from Mata got Terry in to score with his head. 1-1. Fernando Torres showed his dirty side when he clawed Jan Vertonghen in the face, but he didn’t receive his marching orders, until karma struck and Mike Dean sent him off after another challenge on Jan Vertonghen. We then pushed for the winner, and came close numerous times especially with Defoe and Sigurdsson, it wasn’t to be, but we take the point and go top of the league. Happy.
A lot of great performances from our players, my pick of the bunch was Mousa Dembele; controlled the game from start to finish, on the ball he pushed us forward and defensively he was rock solid making some key tackles and interceptions. Showed why he started ahead of an in-form Sandro. Super Jan Vertonghen, we call him that for a reason, a world class defender, he is so talented with his defensive jobs, his tackling is some of the best I’ve seen at White Hart Lane and again today it was top notch. In the air he dominated Torres as well, very very good. Hugo Lloris once again showed he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and in my opinion the best in the Premier League at the moment. Made some match saving saves and patrolled his area extremely well, so glad he’s ours. Andros Townsend in the first half showed why he was preferred to Lamela, improved his ability to spot a pass and all round very good, unfortunate he got the yellow that forced AVB to take him off. One player who stood out for the wrong reasons was Kyle Naughton. He was dreadful, he’s not up to scratch for a team fighting for Champions League or even the title. We need Rose back soon as possible, even Fryers is a better option. Overall I’m happy with the performances of the players in a difficult and fast paced game.
Good point that puts us top of the League by one point. Our next game is in the Europa League against Anzhi on Thursday 3rd October away from home. Our next Premier League fixture is against West Ham on Sunday 6th October at White Hart Lane. Lots of games to come, let’s get back to winning ways after a good point. COYS!!
My player ratings for the team that faced Chelsea at White Hart Lane:
Lloris – 9 – Stunning display making some crucial saves.
Walker – 7 – Sometimes a little bit loose on the ball, but very effective offensively.
Dawson – 7 – Solid at the back, and controlled the back four well as always.
Vertonghen – 9 – Tackling master class today, all round he was phenomenal.
Naughton – 4 – Didn’t offer anything offensively or defensively. Not up to scratch for Tottenham.
Paulinho – 8 – Great performance in midfield once again. Think he’s world class.
Dembele – 10 – Man of the Match. Wonderful footballer. Bossed the midfield again.
Townsend – 8 – Much better decision making, passed the ball when it should be and cut down on wayward shooting. Good performance!
Eriksen – 7 – Great work for the goal, but crowded out at times. Needs time to settle into the pace of the game.
Sigurdsson – 8 – Good finish, came close on a few occasions. Unlucky not to win us the game, worked hard too.
Soldado – 6 – Created the goal but wasn’t provided with enough chances. Otherwise, his link up play was good.
Chadli- 5 – A little bit of a weird decision to bring Nacer on I felt, wasn’t bad, but didn’t impact the game at all.
Holtby – 6 – A few sparks of quality. Not a lot of time to make an impact. Worked very hard though.
Defoe – 5 – One chance which you would have expected him to finish, but he didn’t unfortunately.