Tottenham vs Chelsea (from last season)

Also Found this short match report I done to show to a journalist at the Sunday Mail.

Chelsea’s Winless Run Carries on

Chelsea’s search for a win continues after Didier Drogba
spurned a spot kick in injury time which surely would have given the Blues all 3

Drogba found himself on the bench from the start along with
the returning Frank Lampard as Chelsea looked to end their rotten run against a
rampant Spurs side that were without Dutchman Rafael Van der Vaart as they
looked to show they were serious title contenders.

Although Chelsea created two opportunities early on, it was
Spurs who looked the more dangerous side, with every break forward, looking more
menacing than the last. As the minutes passed Chelsea’s defence looking increasingly
nervy it was no surprise when Spurs took the lead after 15 minutes.

A moment of quality came from Roman Pavlyuchenko as he used
an excellent first touch from Defoe’s pass to allow himself enough room from
John Terry, and Jon Obi Mikel to fire a low drive past Petr Cech.

Following the goal, Chelsea did begin to keep possession
more often and by doing so fashioned two headed chances for Kalou but the
Ivorian couldn’t take either. It seemed as though they were missing Drogba’s
sheer power upfront and following his introduction at half time he certainly
used it to his side’s advantage.

His presence alone led to Spurs’ Alan Hutton, restricting
his lung-bursting runs down the right flank from full back which had been a trademark
of the game up to this point. Drogba soon made his mark when he outmuscled the
returning Alan Dawson and lashed the bouncing ball towards goal with his weaker
left foot.

The pace of the ball seemed to Spurs’ keeper Gomes, as he
fumbled the ball into the net when it seemed a pretty routine save.

With the score tied, both sides made it clear that they
wanted the three points, making the game pleasant on the eye for the fans.

Spurs were using the wide spaces well by pushing forward
full backs Assou-Ekotto and Alan Hutton on the overlap to supplement their
attack, while, Chelsea now had the sheer strength of Drogba to allow others
such as the impressive Florent Malouda to work around.

In the end Chelsea were given the golden opportunity when
Gomes turned villain again, fouling Chelsea’s Ramires and conceding a penalty.
Having been spared the added pain of being sent off, Gomes had the chance to
redeem himself for what were now two crucial mistakes. Faced by Drogba it was a
case of role reversal with Gomes saving his spot kick, and in doing so
securing a point for his side.

With such a great chance late on to take all 3 points, Chelsea
will be disappointed at not taking advantage of the situation but, it is still
a good result against a Spurs side who seem to grow more confident with every
passing game. But with Manchester United having two games in hand, including
tomorrow night’s game against London rivals Arsenal, Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti
must find a way to restore his team to past glories.

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