Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea enjoyed a thrilling contest as much drama was evident in today’s London derby edition. With Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea managed to score a goal a piece, there was still much drama to discuss as both managers were in a war of words prior to the game in a series of press conferences concerning this match.
Many comparisons were being made by the media of Andre Villas-Boas’s style was rather similar to his old mentor, Jose Mourinho. However, the Tottenham Hotspur manager received the comparisons as a bit of criticism and implied that the two managers aren’t the same in respect of their coaching styles.
Andre Villas-Boas claims that he felt neglected by Mourinho in his time aiding him at Porto, Chelsea, and Inter Milan. “We had a great personal and professional relationship before, but we don’t have that now,” Villas-Boas said, “I won’t lose any sleep over that.” Villas-Boas has certainly got under the skin of his former mentor as Mourinho said in defense, “I’m not keen to discuss relationships with the media. It’s a personal thing, and I’m not here to discuss that. I don’t care about what he says. I’m not here to comment on what he says. I’m not interested.” Mourinho also had this to say back at the comments concerning his former pupil’s difficult time under him, ”I have had so many assistants in my career. I was always an open book to them and with the coaches in the academy. Will I go for a glass of wine with him? When people invite me I always go. I never refuse. But I have nothing more to say on this.” The feud will only continue to grow as the two managers will take their respective squads to White Hart Lane and it will only prove to be an interesting contest.
With all of this drama heading into the derby, many were expecting an intriguing contest between the London sides. The contest was held in White Hart Lane and with Tottenham Hotspur improving their squad with editions like Paulinho and Soldado, it was sure to be an interesting affair considering their rivalry.
Tottenham Hotspur started the match with Hugo Lloris in goal. He has been a key performer for Tottenham recently and did very well to keep Tottenham in the match. The back four consisted of Walker, Naughton, Dawson, and Vertonghen. In the double pivot, Paulinho and Dembele played a massive role in keeping the Chelsea midfielders at bay with a very impressive display from Dembele as he bossed the midfield to keep Tottenham Hotspur in full control of the midfield.
For the more advanced attacking positions, Villas-Boas had Townsend and Sigurdsson on the wings with Eriksen operating in the no. 10 role behind Soldado. Spurs went through on goal first with a wonderful combination goal when Eirksen played the ball to Soldado on the top of the box where he would lay it off for Sigurdsson to barge his way through and slot in the bottom left corner.
Chelsea had Cech in goal to start with Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, and Cole making up the back four. Then Mikel and Lampard completed the double pivot with Ramires, Oscar, and Hazard ahead of them. Then there was much debate on whether or not Eto’o or Torres would start. But it was the Spaniard that would get the nod ahead of the Cameroonian. With Tottenham leading the scoreboard, John Terry would steal 2 vital points from Spurs as he nodded in a possibly questionable goal from substitute Juan Mata free-kick. The game would go onto be a draw but the drama would not finish. In the 80th minute of play, Fernando Torres would see red for the first time this season after trying to win a header from Vertonghen.