Chelsea remain 5 points adrift in the race for Champions League qualification after a disappointing stalemate at the Bridge. Given that it is 22 years since Spurs won at the Bridge, it will irk the Blues that they could not close the gap on their north London rivals. It is not often that these two serve up sub-standard fare, but for once the game did not live up to expectations even if the game picked up considerably after a hugely forgettable first half. Spurs, bidding to secure their first league win at Chelsea since 1990, enjoyed the better of the chances without ever managing to dominate their London rivals in a game played in brilliant sunshine.
Arsenal were the big winners as Champions League hopefuls remains high. Neither side were able to break the deadlock and will have to put up with a point a piece. The first-half was played at a slow pace with Tottenham dominating possession with passing the ball around the pitch but they were found wanting and the hosts looked dangerous on the counter attack with Didier Drogba prowling the penalty area. Rafael Van Der Vaart had a great chances to give Spurs the lead before half-time but after a sensational run by Luka Modric he fired straight at Petr Cech and was then denied by a well timed Ashley Cole block. After a dire first half, Tottenham created much the better chances and will feel aggrieved to leave west London with just a point to show for their efforts. Spanish midfielder Juan Mata hit the post for Chelsea with a delightfully curled free-kick after 70 minutes, which left Brad Friedel rooted to the spot. Emmanuel Adebayor then had a glorious opportunity to give Tottenham a 78th minute lead but, after rounding Petr Cech, his shot was blocked by Gary Cahill. They had another chance from the resulting corner but Gareth Bale slammed a free header against the crossbar when he could have directed it into the back of the net.
Spurs remain fourth but go level on points with rivals Arsenal. Chelsea stay fifth, five points behind.
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