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Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur, The Battle For Europe: Open Thread

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On a day when this game should be the biggest news, it’s a shame that Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur been dwarfed by the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring. Trust Fergie to pick a day to out-do Rafael Benitez.

This is a match where everything is on the line. A win for Chelsea will guarantee them a place in the UEFA Champions League next season. A win for Tottenham Hotspur, and they’ll leapfrog over Arsenal into fourth place.

Hopefully the match itself will be the main focus and won’t be a sideshow if and when David Moyes is spotted in the stands. This is a time to ensure that Chelsea-Spurs are the main priority instead of watching a Moyes-cam throughout the match for any hints in regards to his future.

Chelsea’s record against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge is spectacular. Chelsea are undefeated against Tottenham in their last 15 home matches in all competitions.

Chelsea starting XI: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cole, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Ramires, Oscar, Mata, Hazard, Torres

Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Huddlestone, Parker, Holtby; Adebayor, Bale

For readers in the United States, the match will be shown live on FOX Soccer. The kick-off is at 2:45pm ET.

Join the conversation with fellow football supporters from around the world in the comments section below before, during and after this match.

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23 Responses to Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur, The Battle For Europe: Open Thread

  1. Dave says:

    I hope this game ends up being a cracker. Besides the releation battle the top 4 battle is the only thing left of any meaning.

    A must-win for Spurs as Arsenal are in pole position to remain in the top 4. Can’t wait.

  2. Marc L says:

    Yeah, looking forward to this. COYS! Spurs have GD problems vs. Chelsea and Arsenal so they pretty well need to win all three left if they want the UCL slot.

  3. FOX Soccer is producing this one “on the cheap”:

    1. Rob Stone and Warren Barton are at the “cheap” set at the basement of 1440 South Sepulveda Blvd in Westwood (instead of one of the “premium” sound stages on the FOX lot at 10201 West Pico Blvd in Century City), with 2 locked-down studio cameras and no camera men on duty (confirmed with a well-placed source), presenting in front of a green screen. The only thing “real” on that cheap set is the desk.

    2. The English-language voices come from Premier League Productions, with Jon Champion doing play-by-play (excellent.)

  4. Marc L says:

    Holy &%$#!

    I was about to write – look at Crapebayor waste that break by going for goal from W1 or some such, and it goes in!?!?!?

  5. Guy says:

    I can hear Dust, “Ade, Ade, Ade!”

    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      Stoke are giving away free 150th anniversary shirts to all home fans on Sunday Guy. If I can get a spare I’ll send it across.

  6. The Gaffer says:

    I’m sure Arsenal fans “loved” that none other than Adebayor got the equalizer.

    The Gaffer

  7. ben says:

    Could get real ugly in the 2nd half. Huddlestone and Parker have absolutely no chance against Ramires, Hazard, Mata and Oscar.

    Spurs paying for their thrift in the xfer markets and running Dembele into the ground.

  8. Marc L says:

    Good first half. Crapebayor looks surprisingly lively. Huddle Stone looks like he always does, which is to say not good.

    Hang in, Spurs! Nothing against Chelsea, but I’d hate to see Spurs left out after this great year they have had. Turn Bale loose onto his magic left foot! He’s got to have at least one goal in him tonight!

  9. Guy says:

    Well, all we need now is a late Bale strike. :-)

  10. Matt says:

    Spurs used to hate you!
    They don’t anymore!

  11. Marc L says:

    Damn! Advantage Arsenal and that is the one club from that three I don’t want to see get in.

    Can’t remember the last time Adebayor looked that interested. He had a decent run a few years back and it might have been then.

  12. Dust says:

    Insane game, some many moments of…ooooohhhh..AAAARRGGGGHHH….

    Tom Huddlestone and Scot Parker in the middle of the park instead of Démbèle and Sandro…

    Sandro was there in the away end with the fans…which is awesome!

    The squad difference is crazy…1 midfield was 110million, the other minus bale was 20m at best.

    Huddlestone was horrid…which was not shocking, as did Lennon…BAE…

    2-2 at the bridge isn’t what will cost us..not winning our last 2 games will of we don’t focus… I don’t see Farsensl taking 6 pts from their last 2 games. 4pts realistic maybe 2 or 1 if Wigan can pull their snitzel together.

    AVB has done so well considering the players that were fit…

    It’s not over…coys…I love you Tottenham!

    • Sacto Blues says:

      What did you think of Sourness’s comments on Spurs and AVB in the postgame wrap-up with Glen Hoddle ?

  13. Frank says:

    None of the three teams are guaranteed top 4 yet.

    Chelsea play away to Villa on Saturday with one eye on the Europa league final next Wednesday. I can see Chelsea draw or lose especially with Villa finally getting their act together. The last game for Chelsea against Everton could be pivotal.

    Arsenal should beat Wigan next Tuesday but then they have to go to Newcastle where they could stumble. Who knows if Newcastle might need to win/draw to stay up.

    Spurs need to beat Stoke on Sunday and with Stoke having avoided relegation might make it easier for Spurs. They should beat Sunderland in their last game. Unfortunately for Spurs it all depends on what Chelsea and Arsenal do. Not over yet.

  14. dano328 says:

    If I threw a banana peel at Michael Dawson , would I get a lifetime ban? Other than pure safety reasons, there is nothing racist about it. Me, Dawson, and Bale are all white. So why can’t I make monkey jokes at Bale?

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