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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Spurs v Chelsea: Great Games - Number 4


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Spurs entertain leaders Chelsea this Saturday in the lunchtime kick-off and the game promises to be unmissable. There's no love loss between the two sides - especially as Chelsea's Champions League victory denied Spurs a place in Europe's elite competition this season - and Andre Villas-Boas has a point to prove to his former employers.

As we prepare for the weekend's big clash, I thought we'd take a trip down memory lane and relive five of the greatest games between the two sides at White Hart Lane. Yesterday we looked at Chelsea's last victory on Tottenham soil. Today we take a look at Tottenham's first Premier League win over their rivals.

Spurs had failed to beat Chelsea at home in the league since 1987, but records are there to be broken, and this clash on November 5th proved to be one that Spurs fans would always remember.

However, it looked like it was going to be the same old story after Claude Makele put the visitors one up after just 15 minutes. The French midfielder didn't score too many but what a strike that was.

 

But Martin Jol's side, who had made a poor start to the season, showed their fighting spirit, as Michael Dawson equalised with a well placed header.

 

Chelsea entered the game in fine form, but Spurs stunned the Special One just six minutes into the second half when Arron Lennon put them in front with a quality finish. Robbie Keane kept control of the ball down the left flank and after bamboozling Khalid Boulahrouz and leaving him on the floor, swung a ball into the box. A Chelsea defender manages to get a head on the ball but it finds its way to Lennon at the back post. He shaped up to shoot but dragged it inside Ashley Cole and calmly side footed the ball past the helpless Hilario.

 

Both teams pushed for a winner but Chelsea's cause was hampered when John Terry was sent off for a second yellow card. Spurs hung on to record a famous victory.

Chelsea ended the season as runners-up. Spurs finished in fifth place.

Come back tomorrow where we will take a look at Great Games Number 3 - the day Chelsea hit Spurs for six.

Calling all Spurs and Chelsea fans: What has been your greatest game between the two at White Hart Lane? What do you think the score will be this Saturday? Can AVB become the first Premier League manager to defeat the Champions of Europe? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.

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