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Spurs Against Chelsea Escapade Reveals Why the Premier League Is Number One

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur , Premier League 20/11/2010 Gareth Bale of Tottenham Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International 07783 913 777 Photo via Newscom

Sunday’s draw between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea was one of the best one pointers I’ve seen in years. I support neither team but I was nearly crying with tears of joy near the dramatic end such was the wondrous spectacle that was happening in front of my eyes.

Soccer purists will look at this match and scoff. The poor passes, the frenetic back-and-forth during the game where teams failed to settle on the ball and keep possession. The mistimed tackles, the silly mistakes. But we love all of these things about English football especially when it’s played at the scintillating pace like this London derby was. It was hard at times to keep track of things as a viewer, never mind as one of the athletes on the pitch.

Hutton’s tackle, Bale’s runs down the left flank, Terry pushing his team forward in attack, Drogba’s thunderous shot, Pavlyuchenko’s first touch to knock the ball into space, Gomes’s penalty save, and so on. These are just a few highlights from the match and you could probably name half a dozen more that stick out in your mind.

These type of games is what makes the Premier League the best in the world. The excitement and energy levels are at an incredibly high throughout the 90 minutes. It’s the type of game that you should sit your friends down and tell them to watch it. They’ll be amazed by how on earth these athletes can play at that level for so long.

And let’s not forget the White Hart Lane atmosphere both from the Tottenham and Chelsea supporters who made this an even better experience than it was already. The noise from those supporters never stopped and reached a crescendo near the end when Gareth Bale’s free kick whizzed past the post for what could have been a late winner.

There’s something about games at this time of the season and when they’re played under floodlights that adds more energy and makes for a better match. It creates a better atmosphere just like a rock’n roll gig is better when it’s played under the lights at night instead of a day festival when the energy isn’t at its peak.

As for the match itself, Tottenham Hotspur looked like Premier League title contenders the way they played in the first half. Not only did they seem to beat Chelsea to most fifty-fifty balls, but they were explosive in attack and calm, cool and collected when they needed to be as they kept possession at key moments of the match and controlled the tempo. In the second half, the addition of Didier Drogba played a key role in adding bite to Chelsea’s attack and it helped the Blues claw their way back into the match. But just when you thought that Tottenham looked likely to add a second goal to its tally, up struck Drogba to fire a bullet of a shot at Gomes. The Brazilian was unable to get his hands up in time to block the shot, so the ricochet managed to push the ball upwards and embarrassingly over Gomes as it bobbled into the net.

Gomes made up for his first and second mistake later, after he knocked Ramires to the ground, when he saved a penalty from Drogba in injury time. The save lifted Tottenham Hotspur and on the immediate counter attack it looked like Bale was going to run the length of the pitch to knock the ball into the back of the net, but Chelsea quelled the attack and hung on for one point that they should be happy to take after being taken to the cleaners for large parts of the White Hart Lane battle. With Tottenham holding on for a point and almost grabbing all three, the Premier League title championship is now essentially a five-team race.

And, oh yeah, there’s a “small” match on Monday still to play between two Premier League clubs. The Premier League. Does it get any better than this?

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. DK

    December 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    If I wasn’t already a Spurs supporter and a fan of the EPL, this game would have done it for me.

  2. Rhino Gattuso

    December 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Serie A is more competitive and tactically superior

  3. UpTheBlues

    December 13, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Pretty heartbreaking.

  4. Graham Paisley

    December 13, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Christ guys put it away.
    Is it just me or is that the problem with English Fans, you always have to be the best at everything.
    Granted the EPL is a Phenomenal League, and the Championship is the most competitive League in the world. and with the competitiveness this season its pulsating viewing, but do i think its the best league, i think to be the best you have to have the best, and wherever Xavi, Iniesta and Messi are, then thats where the most entertaining football is, Just be proud you a competitive league on any day anone can beat anyone.
    Think yourself lucky at least that you dont have to suffer the SPL.

    • Joe

      December 13, 2010 at 10:20 am

      Not to be contrary, but the most competitive league in the world is the Brasileirao. That league is nuts. Last week Goias, who will be relegated next season, came within a penalty shoot out of a Copa Libertadores spot. It’d be like Wolverhampton almost making it to the Champions League.

      But when all is said and done, watch what you want to watch, and save your evangelism for religion.

    • Matt

      December 13, 2010 at 10:50 am

      Graham, “Xavi, Imiesta & Messi”? Sadly La Ligais more than just Barcelona mate. It is more than just Real Madrid too.

      There are plenty of teams in La Liga and thy don’t really manage to provide too much drama in general. However, it is certainly not exempt and I’ve watched plenty Spanish games where neither Real nor Barca have been involved which have been full of excitement – the 4-3 between Sevilla & Bilbao and Espanyol winning 3-2 Away at Atletico spring to mind.

      Still, it is the strength of the lesser teams in England that make English football so strong. Those teams in the lower leagues especially – The FA Cup showcases this perfectly as you just don’t experience anything like the quality or competition in the Copa del Rey, DFB Pokal, etc.

      I think you’ll find that it isn’t actually “us English” who claim to have “the best league in the world”. We pretty unanimously agree that we are not the most technical. However, it is the most widely watched, the most competitive, the fastest, the richest, the most traditional and most entertaining.

      • Graham Paisley

        December 13, 2010 at 11:16 am

        Most definately it is the most watched, and overall it is the most entertaining, i know that atletico madrid, villareal, valencia, Sevilla, heck Even Hercules are a breath of fresh air (ur spanish Blackpool but with a massive budget) Then of course you have Real Madrid, i know spanish football Isnt Just Messi, Iniesta and Xavi, but lets face it, there is no team in the world, that comes close to Barcelona at the moment, absolutely none, im not going to lie, i fancied Real, but they battered them, i fancied arsenal last season n they battered them too, yeah ok they didnt win the Champs league, yeah ok they dont win every game, but lets face it, They are the best footballing side i have seen (in my opinion) in my 26 years.
        Arsenal are fantastic, Spurs too, When Man U and Chelsea are flying they are also, Real Madrid are pummeling teams, but Barca are the best, and with 8 home grown players in the starting 11, they are the best the last 3 world footballers of the year play in Spain and Barca dont need £300 million to win the league.

        • LL

          December 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm

          Barca just posted 355 million debt….What are you talking about? If English clubs report that they are buying everything. If Real or Barca do it, its just them doing what they do. What a joke. Also its funny how Spain allows foreign players to pay less taxes. HMMMMMM get to keep more of your money. I wonder why so many people want to go there?

  5. yoji

    December 13, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Yeah right, epl d best league but the best players in d world happen to play elsewhere. FIFA’s preliminary list of best 25 player had only one epl representattive(drogba). That much was only fun cos spurs were involved, same applies when arsenal play.

    • Dave C

      December 13, 2010 at 10:07 am

      Oh dat is mad tru bro. Da bestest playaz play in da la liga. Fo shizzle.

  6. Giogio

    December 13, 2010 at 1:16 am

    I found this great article that completely just demonstrates how bad La Liga actually is: http://fromtynesidetotrafford.blogspot.com/

    • Joe

      December 13, 2010 at 7:38 am

      Oh the era we live in, when a rant on some guy’s blog is called an “article”, and a “great” one at that.

  7. Ulysses

    December 13, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I love watching EPL, but I think it’s pretty silly when EPL fans call out La Liga for lack of parity. Say what you will about the number of teams capable of winning this year – the grand total of four that have won since 1992 is hardly an example of a wide-open league. And for all the talk of a two-team La Liga, Valencia sure didn’t look like nobodies against Manchester United last week in Champions League.

    • bradjmoore48

      December 13, 2010 at 12:18 am

      Yea, seriously. Spurs-Chelsea was a great match, can we just leave it at that and not turn it into “Here’s why 1 match in my league makes all your other leagues irrelevant?”

    • Nick

      December 13, 2010 at 3:02 am

      Ummm, to your last point, how is that relevant to La Liga?

      They gave United a test sure, but they’re still not posing a serious threat to Madrid or Barca for the title. Things change, we know the EPL history, but let’s talk here and now. There isn’t another league in Europe quite as thrilling as the EPL.

      • Joe

        December 13, 2010 at 7:42 am

        It’s relevant because in European football the top four or five spots in a league matter, not just the top two. People say La Liga is a two-team league without considering the fact that the performance of a Valencia, a Sevilla, an Atletico Madrid in European competitions affects the UEFA coefficient just as much as anything done by Barça or Real Madrid.

  8. GenTsoChicken

    December 12, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    No other league comes close to the EPL. Period. Not even the two team league La Liga.

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