Spurs v Chelsea: Great Games - Number 2
Andre Villas-Boas only has two days to wait before he can try to exact revenge on Chelsea when the two sides clash at White Hart Lane.
All this week we have been looking back at classic Premier League games between the two sides at White Hart Lane. We've already covered Chelsea's last win over Spurs, Tottenham's first win over the Blues and Chelsea's 6-1 thrashing of Spurs in 1997.
Today we are going to look at a five-goal thriller that occured just days after the horrific attacks on the Twin Towers in New York on September 11, 2001.
The world was on tenterhooks after Osama Bin Laden attacked America but White Hart Lane wasn't going to be the scene for cool heads and maturity.
Because of what was going on in the world at the time it has been impossible to find any video footage of this game, so you are going to have to put up with my account of the game.
Chelsea opened the scoring just before half-time when Jimmy Flloyd Hasselbaink headed past Neil Sullivan thanks to some neat work by Frank Lampard. But Tottenham hit back through Teddy Sheringham. The striker was initially denied by De Goey but made no mistake with the second invitation.
With 10 minutes to go Ledley King was adjudged to have fouled Hasselbaink. It was a controversial decision and one that enraged the home side and former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle. Hasselabaink stepped up and dispatched the ball past Sullivan. However, Sheringham equalised with a minute to go. The captain scored his 100th Premier League goal and everyone thought a draw would be a fair result.
Chelsea were reduced to 10 men when Lampard was given his marching orders but the Blues continued to seek all three points. In the fourth minute of injury time, Chelsea broke Spurs hearts. Marcel Desailly headed home unmarked at the back post to give Claudio Ranieri a well-deserved victory.
Chelsea ended the season in fifth place, 14 points and two places ahead of Spurs.
Tomorrow we relive the greatest game White Hart Lane has ever seen between these two in the Premier League era.
Calling all Spurs and Chelsea fans: What has been your greatest game between the two at White Hart Lane? What do you think the score will be this Saturday? Can AVB become the first Premier League manager to defeat the Champions of Europe? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.
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