Tottenham 2 Chelsea 4 – Juan Mata runs the show at White Hart Lane
There’s no stopping Chelsea at the moment although the Premier League leaders were given a scare at White Hart Lane on Saturday before a masterclass from Juan Mata helped them to a 4-2 victory.
October 20th, 2012
The Blues controlled the first half and countered to excellent effect, although the opening goal came from an unlikely source. A Chelsea corner wasn’t cleared properly and Gary Cahill expertly volleyed past Brad Friedel.
Andre Villas-Boas must have delivered an effective team-talk as Tottenham came flying out of the traps and were soon level, with William Gallas scoring the equaliser although it would be the Frenchman culpable for some poor defending later in the game.
Jermain Defoe gave Tottenham the lead with a short-range strike past Petr Cech and Spurs were in the ascendancy although Juan Mata started to turn on the style and Roberto Di Matteo will be glad that the Spaniard wasn’t called up for international duty.
Mata raced on to Eden Hazard’s pass to equalise in the 66th minute and it was the same combination which put Chelsea ahead in the 69th minute.
Spurs were on the ropes now, with Gareth Bale having fled White Hart Lane just hours before kick-off after his partner had gone into labour.
The away victory was complete when Mata dispossessed Kyle Walker and substitute Daniel Sturridge scored from close range to demonstrate why Chelsea are the team to beat at the moment.