Chelsea 2 Tottenham 2: Three lessons as Emmanuel Adebayor saves Spurs
Chelsea 2 Tottenham 2: What did we learn as the Blues took a step closer to Europe against Spurs at Stamford Bridge?
Magical Adebayor claims a point for Spurs
Despite blowing hot and cold throughout Wednesday night’s top-four clash, Tottenham Hotspur definitely deserved to get at least a point out of the game. But Spurs probably wouldn’t have run Chelsea as close if it wasn’t for the skill of Emmanuel Adebayor. It was the the 29-year-old who hauled Tottenham back into the match with a delectable 26th-minute curled effort that Petr Cech had no chance of saving. His strike not only put the sides level but also injected confidence throughout the Spurs ranks. In the second half, it was the Togo international who possessed the agility of mind and body to set up Gylfi Sigurdsson. His neat little back-heel deceived the Chelsea defence and allowed his team-mate to equalise with 10 minutes remaining at Stamford Bridge.
Bale anonymous throughout
In the build up to the London derby, it was Wales international Gareth Bale who was one of the main talking points. Spurs fans, perhaps a little naively, were thinking not if he would score, but when. Unfortunately for them, Bale was relatively anonymous throughout, and although other players such as Adebayor and Lewis Holtby stepped up to the challenge of taking on their city rivals, it was never going to be enough without Bale in top gear. His brilliance never arrived and Spurs suffered as a result. In truth, the expectation that’s been placed on the shoulders of the PFA player of the year has rarely proved a burden, and he cannot be blamed for the draw. Nevertheless, the result was a disappointing one for Andre Villas-Boas’ charges who will find it difficult now to claw back the lead Chelsea have in place.
Chelsea one step closer to Europe
Much like their opponents on Wednesday night, Chelsea also had mixed periods throughout the 94 minutes. However, they will certainly be the happier of the two clubs. Having taken the lead early on in the 11th minute through Oscar and again five minutes before half-time, it was always going to be Spurs who were chasing the game. In truth, Chelsea looked the superior side in the first half as their defence could only be undone by a wondrous individual goal from Adebayor. The second half was a different story as Spurs came into the tie more and began to pose questions of Branislav Ivanović and Gary Cahill at the back. However, in the end, Chelsea held off a mini assault from the Lilywhites to come away with a vital point. Of course, Arsenal will be content with the result as they stay a point ahead of Tottenham and within two of third-placed Chelsea.