Signs Of Improvement Despite Draw

We went into the match hoping for a good performance and three points. We got the former, but sadly not the latter.

A Pavlyuchenko opener for Spurs deflated Chelsea early on, yet a Didier Drogba goal courtesy of a rubbish save by Gomes sealed a point at least, yet a penalty in injury time that wasn’t converted by Didier meant we had to settle for the one, rather than all three.

However there were enough positives to take away from the game that we can be hopeful for the next two fixtures against Manchester United and Arsenal.

Despite many of us having nightmares about Bale against Ferreira, the Portuguese defender put in a solid display, limiting Bale’s influence on the match.

Ramires also put in a good shift, showing strength and running constantly with some good passing and movement. He and Essien in the centre of a flat middle four looked better than they have together co-operating in a middle three.

It was also great to see Lampard in a blue shirt again. Frank will be understandably rusty yet his presence alone gives opponents something to think about, and if you’re wondering why he didn’t take the penalty that could have won us the game, see his post match interview on to see why.

Terry looked back to his best after his recent absence, putting in a commanding performance both at the back, and the front, leading the team by example on many occasions. These things only bode well for the future.

Speaking after the match, Terry said; “I thought we fully deserved to win the game, especially second half we dominated. Spurs started very well, got the goal and made it difficult at times but that was more like the Chelsea we all know.”

“Playing like we did the second half, things are back to normal. The hunger, the spirit, the determination – we pressed a lot better, especially in the second half and that is what we want from a Chelsea side. You can lose or draw games, I think the fans appreciate that, but it is when they don’t see the passion that it hurts.”

Terry stated; “I’ve never doubted the players, never doubted the manager, never doubted the football club, nothing much has changed from last year when we won the Double and let’s not forget that. We were the best team by a long way and at the moment no team has hit their top form.”

“The last couple of weeks we would all admit that some of the passion for no one reason was not there but we have it back now. Hopefully the game on Monday night between Man United and Arsenal will be a draw, that will suit us.”

“Then we have got Man United to come to the Bridge and we go away to the Emirates which is always tough, but things are looking up.”

Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech; Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry (c) Cole; Ramires, Mikel, (Drogba h-t), Essien; Kalou (Sturridge 67), Anelka, Malouda (Lampard 77).

Goal: Drogba 69.

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