Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1: Villas-Boas full of praise for Blues display
Chelsea boss has nothing but praise for his side's performance after they battled to a draw at White Hart Lane on Thursday
André-Villas Boas reflected on a “fantastic spectacle” at White Hart Lane after Daniel Sturridge cancelled out Emmanuel Adebayor’s opener to earn Chelsea a draw against Tottenham Hotspur.
Adebayor had given Harry Redknapp’s men the lead when he turned home Gareth Bale’s low cross in the eighth minute, but Sturridge was on hand to tap in Ashley Cole’s pass from close range mid-way through the first half.
Both sides had goals disallowed for offside in a lively second half but neither could conjure a winner – and despite losing further ground on league leaders Manchester City, Villas-Boas had nothing but praise for his players after an entralling spectacle.
“I think we played magnificently well,” he told Sky Sports. “I’m very proud of the players, it was an inspirational game.
“It’s one point but with fantastic fruits. It shows our technical ability and what we can do with the ball; the passing game that has characterised our philosophy this season – and to do it at Tottenham is extremely difficult.
“The only thing we can regret is going one goal down too early because we created enough chances to win the game. It was a fantastic spectacle. We go home happy with the result, happy with the performance and happy with the commitment of the players. It shows we can play really good football.
“[The result] punishes us a little bit in terms of the league but we go on to two home games. We’ll try to get the six points from the home games and continue to challenge for this league.”
Tottenham boss Redknapp, whose side remain in third place and seven points behind Manchester United with a game in hand, conceded that a draw was probably a fair result.
“For the first 20 minutes we were fantastic and we got the goal. And then when they scored, I think they dominated much more in the second half,” said the Spurs boss.
“They had good chances and we had great chances at the end as well – we could easily have won it but certainly a point was a fair result.”
Redknapp added: “It’s been an amazing start to the season after losing the first two games. to have come back as strong as we have has been fantastic and we’re looking forward to the second half of the season.
“We’ve got to continue that form if we’re going to try to finish in the top four because all the teams in the top six are difficult to beat. It’s going to be a real scrap I think.”