The football world, especially the Premier League, were left in shock after Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from management on Wednesday. However, the attention soon turned to Chelsea and Tottenham, two teams still scrapping it out for an automatic Champions League spot.
The game at Stamford Bridge was always going to be a cagy, yet goal filled, affair. The Blues started the brighter with Oscar bringing his flair to the tie. His intricate passing created a host of early chances.
The Brazilian then got his reward for his persistence and headed home from a corner in the first half. Spurs were looking like they couldn’t handle Chelsea. Players like Scott Parker were being outplayed by the ‘three amigos’ in the middle of the Chelsea midfield. Spurs needed a moment of magic and it came, not from their main man Bale, but from Adebayor and his spectacular 25 yard attempt which left the big strikers critics silenced. The game had now opened up and both teams were playing the free flowing football which reaped such rewards for them throughout the season. Chelsea hit back on the 30 minute mark when the masked man Torres provided an incisive through ball to the rampaging Ramires who then proceeded to prod the ball past Hugo Lloris.
Torres was making a menace of himself but could not find his shooting boots to end his goal wait. Chelsea ended the first-half much the stronger team but knew they had a fight on their hands. The Blues came out firing in the second but failed to convert a whole host of chances, the best of which falling to Ramires. Spurs' main man on the night Adebayor then produced another moment of magic when he back heel fell into the path of substitute Sigurdsson who coolly finished to level the scores. The ever ambitious Bale tried to steal the points at Stamford Bridge but his attempts fell short and the game ended 2-2.
The result puts Chelsea in a stronger position then Tottenham who now have to hope that fellow north Londoners Arsenal slip up in their two remaining games. The points are still very balanced and with only three points separating third and fifth. Who knows what drama the final fortnight of Premier League action will throw up for the Champions League chasing trio.
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