Blues claw back to earn draw
Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho (AFP)
London - Juan Mata has inspired a Chelsea recovery as the first managerial clash
between former colleagues Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur manager
Andre Villas-Boas ended in a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
WRAP: English Premiership
Much had been
made of the breakdown in the relationship the two managers had once
shared in the build-up to the Premier League game at White Hart Lane.
Villas-Boas was a trusted scout at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan before the pair parted ways in Italy.
then began his own career in management, which saw him sacked as
Chelsea manager in March 2012 and then appointed by Tottenham last
Terse pre-match comments and a brief handshake moments
before kick-off were exchanged, but it was a player with whom Mourinho
has a strained relationship who was to prove central on the day.
had been outclassed in the first half and trailed to Gylfi Sigurdsson's
goal, but they were transformed once Mata -- a player Mourinho has used
sparingly due to concerns over his work rate -- was allowed to come on
for the second half.
Indeed, Chelsea were strong enough to see the
game out with 10 men after Fernando Torres was questionably shown a
second yellow card for an elbow on Jan Vertonghen.
The home side
took the lead in the 19th minute through Sigurdsson, who capped a fine
move with a neat finish to record his third goal of the campaign.
Eriksen was the architect, nipping past Frank Lampard before passing to
Roberto Soldado, who, with a defender at his back, laid the ball off
for Sigurdsson. The Iceland midfielder rode John Terry's challenge
before beating Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Mourinho sat morosely
in his seat as Villas-Boas celebrated by punching the air and the home
side continued to dominate when play restarted.
had to put a Soldado cross over this own bar, and Cech was soon
required to save from Kyle Naughton following more good work from
Chelsea saw an Eden Hazard drive deflected behind for a
corner and Andros Townsend, having neatly turned Ashley Cole, was booked
for diving as Lampard challenged.
Townsend's response was to set
Paulinho up for a chance that saw his shot beat Cech but hit the
goalkeeper's near post and bounce away to safety. Chelsea were fortunate
not to be two goals down, although Terry headed a good chance wide just
before the break.
Mourinho had scuttled off down the tunnel
before the half-time whistle and he made an immediate change for the
second period, with Mata replacing John Mikel Obi.
Oscar was on
the end of a Torres ball across the box, but could not hit the target at
full stretch, as Ramires dropped back into one of the two defensive
midfield slots to accommodate Mata in the number 10 role, with Hazard
switching to the right.
Torres was booked for tripping Vertonghen
before embarking on a run that saw him beat Michael Dawson before Hugo
Lloris came out to make a smart stop.
Mata put the ball in the net
but it was ruled out for offside, before Hazard forced Lloris into
another save with a long-range effort.
Vertonghen was booked for a
late challenge on Ramires and Chelsea levelled from the free-kick.
Terry lost his marker to head Mata's delivery past Lloris, but Mourinho
barely reacted to that goal either.
Andre Schurrle replaced Hazard
before Lewis Holtby came on for Eriksen, who had faded, and Villas-Boas
then played his final card, with Jermain Defoe coming on for Soldado
for the last 15 minutes.
Chelsea finished with 10 men after
referee Mike Dean judged that Torres had used an arm in an aerial tussle
with Vertonghen and was shown a second yellow card.
Sigurdsson almost won it for Tottenham late on with an effort that beat Cech but just drifted wide.