RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: TOTTENHAM V CHELSEA
Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea's games. Here he selects five aspects from all-London contest that finished all-square that caught his eye…
We have seen cagey games between these two teams before but this one was reasonably open in the first half. There was a stage midway through the half when it wasn't working out for Chelsea and it was a disappointing goal to concede, but without being anything special, we gradually moved the ball quicker as the half wore on and it was more the game we know we can play.
Spurs didn't really go for the jugular once they were ahead. They hit the woodwork but they appeared to be a bit wary of us, and maybe thought one goal would be enough given their defensive record this season of only one goal conceded before Saturday.
The second half Chelsea we were terrific and although Juan Mata was the substitution made, it was combined with Ramires going back beside Frank Lampard. When he is asked to play out wide he does a job there but I don't think we get the best out of him there. He started out on the right but Kyle Naughton at left-back for Spurs didn't prove to be a great attacking threat, although there was a chance for Ramires to benefit from Mousa Dembele not doing a great deal of defending on that side of midfield.
There was a tackle Mata made when he was last man in the right-back spot which he got absolutely spot on. Everyone was talking about him afterwards because he has the influence going forward but when Jan Vertonghen got a yellow card because Ramires got to the ball just before him, it had looked like a 60-40 in Vertonghen's favour. That is what the Brazilian brings to our midfield and it was from the free-kick he won that Mata delivered for the goal.
The equaliser was a typical John Terry goal. It was bad marking by Spurs but given the chance, John more often than not scores. He doesn't hit posts and crossbars like other players do, he scores. We need goals from defenders and we need chances like that to go in, and that is what he is all about. His leadership qualities are still magnificent.