Chelsea captain John Terry has earned special praise from his manager Andre Villas-Boas following his spirited performance against Tottenham at White Hart Lane last night.

The 31-year-old didn't let his off-the-field problems effect him as he helped the Blues to a crucial point with a vital goal-line clearance from Emmanuel Adebayor in the closing stages of the 1-1 draw.

Much of the pre-match focus was on Terry following the Crown Prosecution Service's announcement the England skipper had been charged for allegedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in the west London derby at Loftus Road last month.

Every touch of the defender's was met with boos from the home crowd who didn't hold back in airing their views of the Chelsea star, but Villas-Boas was quick to defend Terry and spoke positively about his professionalism on the pitch in the most hostile of atmospheres.

"He showed his character and strength of personality playing for the collective; he was extraordinary," said the Portuguese tactician. "His commitment and concentration increased as well.

"His performances have increased since the incident happened. His commitment, quality and talent are never in doubt. He's completely focused to the cause of this football club."

The result leaves Chelsea 11 points behind leaders Manchester City at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, but Villas-Boas insists that the Stamford Bridge club are still in the race for the title.

"I think we can still win it," he added. "We came to Tottenham, a side who are title challengers, so it's a good point to get.

"We've been in worse situations before and recovered to seven points. I'm sure we can shorten the distance."

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