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March 24, 2012 8:45 AM EDT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 41830‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

Roberto Di Matteo's team clings on for a draw as it wastes an opportunity to close five-point gap on Spurs

By Wayne Veysey

  • Petr Cech
    49
    3
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    Made fine reflex saves from van der Vaart and Walker either side of the break, although his decision-making was a little haphazard. Just about kept out Bale's late free-kick.

  • Ashley Cole
    27
    7
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    Added to his bulging catalog of crucial goal-line clearances by throwing his body across the chalk to keep out the second of van der Vaart's two chances before the break.

  • José Bosingwa
    18
    14
    3.00

    José Bosingwa

    Benefitted from Ramires' energy to help thwart the threat of Bale. His long balls from the back were one of Chelsea's key attacking weapons before he was withdrawn through injury after an hour.

  • Gary Cahill
    40
    9
    3.00

    Gary Cahill

    Had a few hairy moments but made a fabulous recovery tackle to keep out Adebayor's goal-bound shot after 79 minutes.

  • John Terry
    34
    7
    3.50

    John Terry

    Impregnable in the air and commanded the defense adeptly, although he looked as vulnerable as anyone when Bale collected the ball and ran with speed and conviction at the back four.

  • Michael Essien
    26
    6
    3.00

    Michael Essien

    Restored to the starting X1 after missing out in midweek, he anchored the midfield with authority, although he was guilty of slowing the game down too often. Subbed with 15 minutes left.

  • Ramires
    17
    11
    3.00

    Ramires

    Provided energy and defensive protection on the right flank but not much of an attacking influence.

  • Frank Lampard
    17
    21
    3.00

    Frank Lampard

    Unable to break into the box much from his deep-lying playmaker role but pulled the strings for an hour without quite delivering enough killer passes.

  • Juan Mata
    21
    10
    3.00

    Juan Mata

    Had the odd nice touch and slammed a free kick against the post but struggled to find space and get out of second gear.

  • Didier Drogba
    20
    35
    2.50

    Didier Drogba Flop of the Match

    With the sun on his back, the No. 11 withered like a prune that had been left out of the fridge for too long. Did not do enough to nail down a starting place on Tuesday.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    11
    24
    3.00

    Daniel Sturridge

    Had a lot of joy on the left flank but his end product and decision making were not as impressive as his pace and movement.

Substitutions

  • David Luiz
    21
    10
    2.50

    David Luiz

    Replaced Bosingwa at right back in what was an unconvincing cameo. Got bypassed too easily and unable to bomb forward to much effect.

  • Fernando Torres
    55
    6
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    Tried to create problems but saw little of the ball on the right flank.

  • Brad Friedel
    6
    10
    2.50

    Brad Friedel

    Did not have a save to make but hardly covered himself in glory. Stayed rooted to his line too often rather than come out to gather crosses and watched on helplessly as a Mata free-kick smacked into his post.

  • Younes Kaboul
    11
    6
    3.50

    Younes Kaboul

    Aggressive and commanding in the air but had the odd dicey moment when his concentration slipped.

  • William Gallas
    5
    11
    2.50

    William Gallas

    Over-confident or ring rusty? Got away with tripping Lampard in the box in the first half and was all over the shop whenever Chelsea sent long cross-field balls into the box. Wasted a great headed chance after 76 minutes.

  • Kyle Walker
    13
    8
    3.50

    Kyle Walker

    Fully involved, whether making desperate last-ditch clearances or bombing forward down the right flank. Had a fine

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    13
    4
    3.00

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    The 'fro and orange boots were luminescent in the lunchtime sunshine but his performance was more of the spit and sawdust variety. Solid and dependable.

  • Scott Parker
    16
    10
    3.50

    Scott Parker

    Excellent positioning, discipline and decision-making from the midfield anchorman, who made a series of important blocks and ensured Mata had little space in which to operate.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    10
    10
    3.00

    Rafael van der Vaart

    Flirted on the periphery of the match although he could have broken the deadlock on the edge of half-time with an excellent double-chance.

  • Luka Modric
    43
    8
    3.50

    Luka Modric

    The game passed him by in the first half hour but the little wizard grew in authority as the match progressed and was in complete control of the midfield by the end.

  • Sandro
    5
    11
    3.00

    Sandro

    Protected the defense with great commitment but offered little on the ball and was withdrawn after 75 minutes.

  • Gareth Bale
    14
    14
    3.50

    Gareth Bale

    Struggled to find space in the first half but became far more influential as he moved inside from the left and began setting off on his galloping runs. Unlucky to see an emphatic late header rebound off the crossbar and came close to scoring the winner in added time with a low free kick.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    35
    33
    4.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor Top of the Match

    Outstanding example of how to lead the line in a difficult away fixture, Held the ball up well with his back to goal and carried it forwards with power and urgency.

Substitutions

  • Jake Livermore
    8
    10
    3.00

    Jake Livermore

    His energy helped Spurs maintain their dominance.

  • Louis Saha
    10
    8
    3.00

    Louis Saha

    His strength and height gave Spurs impetus in the last 20 minutes.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2