No revenge for Villas-Boas as Mata fires the Blues

2012-10-20 16:56

Tottenham (0) 2Chelsea (1) 4 Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the English Premiership to seven points as a superb double from Juan Mata clinched a 4-2 victory over Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.

Roberto di Matteo’s side were in danger of suffering their first league defeat of the season at the hands of former manager Villas-Boas, who was sacked after just nine months in charge last season, as Spurs took a 2-1 lead in the second half at White Hart Lane.

But Mata struck twice in the space of three minutes to secure Chelsea’s seventh win from eight league matches.

“We lost our control at the start of the second half but for the rest of the match we took the initiative and deserved the win,” Di Matteo told Sky Sports.

“It was a test of our character to come here and play a team in form in a big derby. There have been a lot of issues around the team recently, but we responded perfectly.”

Gary Cahill, deputising for the suspended John Terry, fired the visitors ahead in the 17th minute with a powerful volley that took a deflection off Spurs defender Steven Caulker.

William Gallas equalised against his former club two minutes into the second half when the Tottenham defender nodded in from close-range after Jan Vertonghen hooked the ball across the six-yard box.

And Spurs went in front seven minutes later thanks to Jermain Defoe’s predatory finish from midfielder Aaron Lennon’s cross.

However, Chelsea staged a stunning fightback as Mata punished a half clearance from Gallas to slot home in the 66th minute and the Spaniard then produced a fine finish from Eden Hazard’s defence-splitting pass three minutes later.

Mata turned provider when Chelsea killed off Spurs in stoppage-time. He robbed Kyle Walker of possession and slipped a pass for Daniel Sturridge to tap in.

»Second-placed Manchester United, at home to Stoke, came from behind to clinch the match 4-2. Their noisy neighbours, Manchester City, beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 to remain close at third spot.


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