Premier League: Chelsea v Tottenham

Live text commentary as third-placed Chelsea draw with fifth-placed Tottenham in a key battle for a Champions League spot.

8 May 2013 Last updated at 22:33

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  1. 2229: 

    That's it from me - but make sure you tune in to the special Football Focus on the latest developments at Old Trafford.

    It starts at 2235 so there's just time for a brew. We'll be back with more news and comment tomorrow. See you there.

  2. 2225: 
    Jose Mourinho

    Barcelona will have to wait for their title champagne after Real Madrid thump nine-man Malaga 6-2.

  3. 2217: 
    Sir Alex Ferguson

    COMING UP AT 22:35 BST: Dan Walker is joined by Robbie Savage, Dion Dublin and Steve McClaren for a special Football Focus looking back on Sir Alex's Ferguson's career. Live on BBC1, online, mobile, tablet and app.

  4. 2214: 

    ApSam: "Spurs still have a chance playing "safer" teams. Arsenal play teams fighting for survival and Chelsea v Everton in Moyes' last game."

    Sam Hesketh: "Premier League is unpredictable, sit back and relax, and let the results take over!"

  5. 2208: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas: "It was good to get the point. Chelsea were extremely dangerous on the counter-attack. I'm extremely happy how the boys played in the second half. We showed the character that has united us during the season.

    "We have to do our job and hope that somebody else slips up. The Premier League is absolutely unpredictable and hopefully it can fall our way.

    "Bale had a great game. The stronger he becomes the more aware opponents are of him, and the more players they assign to mark him. But this will make him a batter player - he will have to adapt."

  6. 2207: 

    Pauly: "Someone below mentioned a gulf in class in midfield, Chelsea's starting five cost approx 126 million, Spurs five cost approx 17 million..."

  7. 2203: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham
    Andre Villas-Boas

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas: "In the second half we really increased the tempo and played really well. It was difficult to control Chelsea's creativity but we had attacking strength and created our own chances

    "Now somebody else will have to drop points, but our focus is on us doing our job in the remaining fixtures and in the Premier League anything can happen. Keep the faith.

    "Adebayor's goal was unbelievable and he had a great game. he linked up the play brilliantly for us and fully deserved to be man of the match.

    "In the last 20 minutes we avoided Chelsea, found a lot more spaces, and had control of the game. It was great for the boys to hold on.

    "Anything can happen. The Premier League is completely unpredictable. The next fixtures, before the emotions of the last games of the season, can be decisive."

  8. 2201: 

    Sam, London: "Re 2137. CL race is not "as we were" after that result. Before the match Spurs had their destiny in their hands, now the Gooners control their own destiny and Spurs need Gooners/Chelsea to drop points."

    Good point, well made.

  9. 2200: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham
    Rafael Benitez

    Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez told BBC Sport: "We had the chance today. Twice we had the advantage and we could have killed the game. We didn't do it and then we gave the ball away and Tottenham were pushing. We had to control the second half much better.

    "Their second goal was offside but still, we had to defend it better. At the end we were a little but leggy, but that's normal. We were too open, and they were pushing and attacking, and our final pass was a problem.

    "We always try to win, and it's clear we want to finish in the top three or four. We have to win one more match and we can guarantee that top for. For the fans it was good and open, but for a manager and open game is not a good one."

  10. 2157: 

    Steven Mills: "This is why the Benitez criticism is justified. His complete inability to react when the opposition change their shape. Benayoun doesn't deserve the stick he gets, but why he was introduced over Lampard & Ba is beyond me."

    Patrick, satisfied Spurs fan: "Spurs need a new left-back, BAE just doesn't have the passion or quality. Midfield were overrun but was promising considering neither Scott nor Tom were first choice. Would have lost that game under Harry, never say die under AVB. Come on Wigan and Villa!"

  11. 2155: 

    The race for the top four is going to go right to the wire. Who is feeling confident?

  12. 2153: 

    Hishaam Habib: "No one can call Spurs a one-man team after that game! We showed we have a good squad all around."

    Will Greenslade: "Azpilicueta is class. When Bale has to switch wing to try and escape your pocket you know you're doing well."

  13. 2150: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham
    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Tottenham goalscorer Emmanuel Adebayor: "I'm happy. I've had a tough season after an injury with the national team. We have two more games to go. We came here to win the game, but we took one point and we're pleased with that. We have to keep going. If we win our next two games we have a chance to get into the Champions League."

  14. 2148: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham
    Michael Dawson

    Tottenham captain Michael Dawson: "We showed our fighting spirit again. We gave them an early leg up and that was disappointing. But we showed the character and the ability we've got. Top four is out of our hands again. Hopefully someone does us a favour when they play Arsenal.

    "That was a tough battle. We gave them a mountain to climb having given them a goal so early. Ade got us back in it with a great goal. We kept going and we nearly went on to nick it at the end, but we showed some spirit. The draw keep things going, and we go to Stoke at the weekend hoping to get back to winning ways."

  15. 2147: 

    Brooke Chaplen and Nikita Parris hit the goals as Everton moved up to third place in the Women's Super League with a 2-0 win at Lincoln.

  16. 2146: 

    Will Rider: "Chelsea's defence is screaming out for John Terry. His omission yet again is baffling."

  17. 2142: 

    Karim Benzema has put Real Madrid on easy street as they go 4-2 up over a 10-man Malaga side. It looks like a home win for Jose Mourinho, and it will mean Barcelona have to wait to tie up La Liga for a few more days at least.

  18. 2142: 

    Sho: "...and breathe. Phew. That result was what the doctor ordered for Arsenal."

    Eoin Trainor: "Rafa Had Lampard and Ba and Decides to use Benayoun? I don't care he is clueless."

  19. 2138: 

    The run-in is going to be crucial for the sides chasing a Champions League spot.

    Spurs have a trip to Stoke followed by a home game with Sunderland on the final day of the season.

    Arsenal host Wigan and then travel to Newcastle, while Chelsea have games against Aston Villa and Everton.

    Pick the bones out of that lot.

  20. 2137: 

    What a game!

    Gylfi Sigurdsson's equaliser leaves it pretty much as we were in the race for a place in the top four. Spurs are a point behind Arsenal now going into the last two games.

  21. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham
  22. 2135: 
    Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham

    ...Gareth Bale hits it - straight at Petr Cech!

  23. 2133: 
    Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham

    Clint Dempsey threatens to get in behind and he cracks in a low shot which is easily held by Petr Cech.

    Gareth Bale then wins a free-kick 25 yards from goal...

  24. 2132: 
    INJURY TIME- Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham

    Is now the time for Gareth Bale to conjure up another superb late goal? We are into stoppage time.

  25. 2129: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham

    Spurs winger Gareth Bale is booked for hauling down Ramires. Spurs nervously get the free-kick away.

  26. 2128: 
    FINAL FIVE- Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham

    Into the last five minutes of a cracking game. As it stands, Spurs will stay just three points behind Chelsea in third place and one behind Arsenal going in to the last two games of the season.

  27. 2128: 

    Tom Holmes: "This is why Spurs are where they are, top quality in the final third, whatever people think. It was definitely offside though."

    Ash Burdett: "Typical. Chelsea keep Bale completely quiet and Adebayor comes up with a great finish and lovely assist."


  28. 2126: 
    Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham

    Emmanuel Adebayor has had a shot of life. First he is played in and incorrectly flagged for offside, before he surges past a defender to get a cross in which is well cleared. Spurs are ending on a high.

  29. 2123: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham - Gylfi Sigurdsson (80 mins)

    Emmanuel Adebayor has lit this game up with two magic touches!

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto plays the ball in from the left to the Togo striker - who may be marginally offside - and he produces a wonderful backheel to lay the ball off to substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson. Sigurdsson keeps his calm to bury a low shot and set up a grandstand finale.

  30. 2122: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

    Jan Vertonghen is booked for a sliding challenge on Fernando Torres and David Luiz curls the shot straight at Hugo Lloris.

  31. 2120: 

    Adam K: "Is David Luiz running over and listening in every time AVB is giving orders to his subs?"

    Jez in Peterborough: "Funny touch from Luiz! Reminds me of Drogba laughing while trying to retrieve the ball from a ball boy! Not enough laughs in the game."

    David Luiz
  32. 2117: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

    Better from Spurs!

    Emmanuel Adebayor drifts across the field from left to right, he gets his head up well and picks out the run of Clint Dempsey on his right. Dempsey shoots and it needs a sliding block to turn the ball over the top.

  33. 2116: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

    Change for Chelsea now as Eden Hazard is replaced by Victor Moses.

    There are 16 minutes remaining.

  34. 2115: 

    Adam Dickens: "Time for Defoe? Jermain, not Daniel or Willem."

    Lydia Hemsley: "Difference in class between the Chelsea midfielders and the Tottenham midfielders is proving to be key in this game."

  35. 2112: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

    Spurs make their second change as we approach the final 20 minutes. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey are both now on as the visitors look for a goal.

    Lewis Holtby and Aaron Lennon are off.

  36. 2109: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

    It's Spurs' turn now to mount a counter-attack, and they use it well to send Gareth Bale away on the right this time.

    Ashley Cole jockeys him, doesn't allow him to work the ball on to his left foot, and then appears to check Bale on the edge of the area. Nothing given though.

  37. 2108: 

    The doc at Salford Royal Hospital: "Come on Tom! Get Spurs a goal."

    I'll do my best doc...

  38. 2105: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

    David Luiz is a card isn't he?

    Andre Villas-Boas calls Lewis Holtby over for some tactical words of wisdom, and Luiz just wonders over for a good listen. He nods his head and has a big smile on his face.

    Into the last half hour.

  39. 2103: 
    Garth Bale (right) in action against Chelsea

    Another superb touch from Oscar releases Juan Mata, the Brazilian sending Mata free with a backheel. Mata then looks up and squares the ball to Ramires, but he loses his footing at a crucial moment and succeeds in heading the turf at full pace. Ouch.

    He's alright though.

  40. 2103: 

    Barcelona may have to wait to wrap up La Liga has goals from Raul Albiol and Cristiano Ronaldo have put Real Madrid 2-1 up against Malaga this evening.

  41. 2100: 

    Magnus: "One thing about Hazard is that he doesn't always seem to be on the same wavelength as his team mates. Often plays passes or makes runs that don't come off. Still, a superb footballer and easy to forget he is only 22."

  42. 2058: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

    Oscar is having a stormer.

    The Brazilian unlocks the Spurs defence with another marvellously-weighted through pass to find Eden Hazard on the left, Hazard cuts back on to his right foot to evade a sliding challenge but can only lift the shot over the top.

  43. 2057: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

    Almost a fluke for Chelsea!

    Oscar is again involved, picking out the overlapping run of Cesar Azpilicueta nicely, and he looks up and pings a cross which almost catches Hugo Lloris out and flies a few feet wide of the top corner.

  44. 2055: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

    Fernando Torres may wish he still had that mask on.

    Great football from Chelsea though as Juan Mata carries the ball forwards, he skips away from Michael Dawson before rolling the ball back to Oscar. He floats a cross to the back stick and Torres and Benoit Assou-Ekotto clash, with the ball ending up behind the goal for a corner.

    Torres is down holding his face for a few moments but is soon up and away.

  45. 2052: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

    Spurs fans will be pleased to know that their haul of 41 second-half goals this season is the most in the Premier League. They need at least one more to salvage something from Stamford Bridge.

  46. 2050: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

    Kyle Walker is lightning. Pure lightning. He takes the ball away from Aaron Lennon as Spurs counter from a Chelsea corner and burns round the outside of Cesar Azpilicueta, but the right-back recovers to toe the ball clear.

    Bright start for Spurs though.

  47. 2048: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

    We are back in play.

  48. 2046: 

    The players emerge from the tunnel again at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are just 45 minutes away from securing a place in the Champions League.

  49. 2044: 

    Dan Blume: "Half-time. I still think spurs can get point(s) from this game. Bale will create something out of nothing."

    Steve Jeffery: "When top players are choosing between United, Chelsea etc, who looks more appealing, Mourinho or Moyes? Disappointing news!"

  50. 2041: 

    As David Moyes moves seemingly ever closer to being named as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Old Trafford, don't forget that you can follow all the latest developments, opinion and comment in a separate live text page.

  51. 2039:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Stamford BridgeChelsea 2-1 Tottenham

    "Oscar was outstanding in the first half and Chelsea were ahead after 10 minutes through the Brazilian before Emmanuel Adebayor levelled matters. But it was Ramires who gave Chelsea the advantage again. A game that is enthralling as it is important but Chelsea have the crucial lead."

  52. 2038: 

    Gwilym in Nottingham: "Huddlestone and Parker are too cumbersome to cope with Chelsea's fluid midfield."

    Jack in Oxford: "Adebayor and Assou-Ekkotto are so frustrating to watch. Every game I find myself screaming at them to just do the simple things and stop messing about. I've always defended Dawson but tonight he has been inept. No-one showing passion or drive, its a disgrace."

  53. 2036: 

    Ben Jones: "This is why Gareth Bale isn't better than Ronaldo - too quiet in the big games. Let's hope he livens up in the second half."

    Louis Baker-Stroud: "Walker is so overrated. Far from the best right-back in the league."

    King Drizzy: "This load is too heavy for Spurs..."

  54. 2033: 

    As it stands then, Chelsea will have all but secured a place in the Champions League for next season.

    They are six points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham with just two games left. Chelsea also have a superior goal difference.

    Spurs have 45 minutes to change it all though, and that half was so open that you have to think there will be more goals yet.

  55. 2033: 
    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham
  56. 2031: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

    This game is so open, it's like an FA Cup tie. Chelsea are now in at the other end, with Juan Mata teeing up Oscar on the edge of the box but his low shot is well held by Hugo Lloris.

    We are into the last few moments of the first half.

  57. 2030: 

    Steven Hill, Aberdeen: "Get in there Ramires, Rafa must stay!!"

    Sam: "In reply to Mr. Seb Warren, there was literally nothing Cech could have done with that. Pure class from Adebayor!"

  58. 2027: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

    This is a real end-to-end game. Spurs move the ball swiftly around, Kyle Walker plays the ball in to the feet of Emmanuel Adebayor. The striker then lays the ball back to Walker, and his shot drifts just past the near post.

  59. 2024: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham - Ramires (39 mins)

    Great goal again! Some lovely football from Chelsea sees them move the ball smartly down the right flank, with Oscar linking up with Fernando Torres.

    Torres then picks out the run of Ramires in the middle and the Brazilian goes for the old-fashioned toe-poker into the far corner.


    David Moyes is set to be appointed as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United.

    An announcement could be made tomorrow afternoon.

  61. 2022: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham
    Emmanuel Adebayor scores for Spurs

    What a pass! Like Frank De Boer to Dennis Bergkamp, Jan Vertonghen looks up from the back and drifts an inch-perfect 60-yard pass in to the stride of Emmanuel Adebayor, but he can only stretch to fire a volley over the top.

  62. 2020: 
    Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham

    Here's the first moment of class from Gareth Bale though, he sells a dummy to jink his way past one defender on the edge of the box and gets a right-footed shot away but Gary Cahill is able to make the block.

  63. 2018: 
    Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham

    We are past the half-hour mark at the Bridge, and Spurs are having a good spell on the back of that goal. Gareth Bale remains pretty anonymous though so far.

  64. 2017: 

    Paul Thompson: "Out of absolutely nothing - that is some finish! When he's in the mood, Adebayor can be deadly. Champions League race back on!"

    Dental Mental: "All you Adebayor non-believers, see the talent right there. There can be no arguments about the quality he has!"

    Seb Warren: "Cech, you can use your hand to save a goal you know..."

  65. 2016: 
    Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham

    Stamford Bridge has been stunned into a state of near silence by that goal. I don't think anyone expected that finish at all.

  66. 2011: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham - Emmanuel Adebayor (26 mins)

    Wow! He has been under the cosh from plenty of critics this season, and not without good reason, but Emmanuel Adebayor has scored a belter of a goal to pull Spurs level.

    The ball drops to him just inside his own half and he takes off toward goal. Gary Cahill is guilty of not closing him down but can perhaps be excused for not expecting what comes next, as Adebayor looks up and floats a curling 25-yard shot over the head of Petr Cech and into the top bag. Brilliant.

  67. 2010: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham

    Eden Hazard cuts in from the left and fires off a shot which is blocked by Michael Dawson. Solid defending from the Spurs captain.

  68. 2009: 

    Mark, Nottingham: "Spurs midfield simply not good enough. No craft, guile or pace."

    Ben in Essex: "Tough ask for Spurs now? Last time I checked we still have 80mins to score 2."

    Gary, Manchester: "Get in there. Chelsea for the title next season, just need Jose to make it happen."

  69. 2008: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham

    David Luiz lines up a free-kick from 35 yards out but smacks it bang into the wall. Lewis Holtby then gives the ball away cheaply to present Fernando Torres with the chance to run at the defence, but his touch is poor and it runs away.

  70. 2007: 

    Toby Maxtone-Smith: "People don't give Oscar enough credit for me - two headed goals in the last few games and he's actually a decent tackler."

    Matty Hartley: "After all the abuse Rafa got when he first came to Chelsea he has done a great job and the club have a lot to thank him for."

    Sam Loaker: "At the moment the quality of this game is a Champions League side against a Europa League side."

  71. 2004: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham
    Scott Parker of Spurs (left) and Chelsea's Fernando Torres

    Spurs just can't get going. Oscar and Juan Mata are running the show for the home side and Gareth Bale is being left isolated out on the left wing for Tottenham.

  72. 2002: 

    From Adam in London: "Given the way Chelsea have played these last few months they can win the title next season regardless of who the manager is."

    Mich: "Scott Parker should be substituted as punishment for that mistake. Shockingly poor marking."

    Cameron, London: "In reply to Jay from Southampton, Chelsea have all the right to sing champions of Europe as technically they still have the trophy."

  73. 2001: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham

    Nice work from Chelsea again. Ramires and Oscar work the ball quickly out wide, Cesar Azpilicueta cuts the ball back to Juan Mata in space but the Spaniard leans back and skies his shot over the bar.

    Good opening that one.

  74. 2000: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham

    This will be a tough ask for Tottenham now. But they do go close, as Lewis Holtby works the ball on to his left foot from 25 yards, beats his man and fires a shot just wide.

    Petr Cech had it covered, but it was a decent effort.

  75. 1958: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham

    This is Oscar's 89th game in the last 12 months apparently! Wow. If ever someone needed a holiday it's that guy.

    He's started very well this evening though.

  76. 1956: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham - Oscar (10 mins)

    And Chelsea score from that corner! Gary Cahill peels away to win the header, his effort is flying wide until Oscar pops up to nod home from three yards out. Tough ask for Spurs now.

  77. 1954: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

    Chelsea's attacking trio of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata are starting to fire now. Hazard is taken out off the ball by Tom Huddlestone as he looks to get on the end of a Mata pass, and now Chelsea win a corner.

  78. 1953: 

    Jose Mourinho's name is never far away when talking about Chelsea these days, and his current side Real Madrid are in action against Malaga this evening.

    If they don't win, then Barcelona will be confirmed as champions of La Liga.

  79. 1953: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

    Gareth Bale gets the ball out wide on the left for the first time, he takes on Cesar Azpilicueta but the right-back does well to show him down the line and block the cross.

    Chelsea then counter and when Fernando Torres helps the ball on to Juan Mata, the forward swivels to shoot over from 10 yards.

  80. 1950: 

    Jay in Southampton: "I can't wait til the UCL final so Chelsea fans shut up about being champions of Europe. Only song you ever hear from them. Trophies been passed over, you're not champions anymore."

    Andy in Stockport: "Rafa Benitez really has thrived in this atmosphere of blue hatred. What are the odds on him being the next Everton manager?"

    Ian, Chelsea fan from Sutton: "Re: George 19:28. I'm prepared to give Benitez some credit for the job he's done. Not all good but certainly not all bad. Still don't want him to stay though. Welcome home Jose!"

  81. 1948: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

    Fernando Torres is playing without his mask this evening, he must be back in rude health. It's a lively start as Juan Mata is played in by a raking long ball but the forward is inches offside.

  82. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

    Andre Villas-Boas is all smiles as he shakes hands with members of the Chelsea backroom staff. And we are under way.

  83. 1942: 
    Chelsea v Tottenham (1945 BST)

    The players are in the tunnel and a plume of curly hair tells us that David Luiz is fine to start in the Chelsea midfield.

  84. 1941: 

    Aidan Williams: "I think Luiz in midfield will be, as much as Chelsea fans hate it, a legacy of Benitez. Great move."

    Richard Thiardt: "Haven't been this hyped for a game since Benitez took over. Would take a point if you offered it, mind you."

  85. 1939: 

    It seems that a lot of you out there are not overly enamoured with either side's choice of striker this evening.

    Chelsea have Fernando Torres - with seven league goals this season - leading the line while Emmanuel Adebayor starts up front for Spurs.

    The big man has three goals in the league so far this campaign.

  86. 1934: 

    Mike, Wigan: "As a Wigan fan, I really want Chelsea to win tonight, in the vain hope that Arsenal then take their foot off the gas and allow Wigan to get something out of the next game!"

    Joe on text: "At the Bridge and praying that we can deny Spurs Champions League football for a second successive season...COYB!!"

    Chris, London: "Sheringham, Carrick, Berbatov, Modric. All players that were a cut above their respective Spurs teams and, though hard to see them go, deserved the chance to challenge for titles. We made a profit, improved the squad and moved on. I can't help but feel that Bale is a different case. Players like him don't come along very often. We need to break the bank to keep him. Lose him and it'll be hard to see how we're moving forward."

  87. 1932: 
    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY- Chelsea v Tottenham (1945 BST)

    Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez: "We are in the Europa League final so we want to qualify for the Champions League as soon as possible. David Luiz will play in midfield because he can score goals, he can win in the air and can pass the ball. Gareth Bale can be around the middle and he is strong in there.

    "I liked to compete against Sir Alex Ferguson. I wish him well and hope he can enjoy his retirement."

  88. 1929: 

    Oops - Chelsea midfielder David Luiz looks in pain as he has a twinge in the warm-up. He is still out there but let's keep an eye on that one.

  89. 1928: 

    Chris Baldwin: "Biggest game of the season and AVB picks Adebayor over Defoe? Hope he knows what he's doing."

    Martin Ratcliff: "AVB won't be sacked. Most fans expected 5th at the start of this season and though it'd be gutting this is a long term project."

    George Docherty: "Can any Chelsea fans admit that Rafa has done really well in his time at Chelsea? It's obvious from the outside."

  90. 1928: 
    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY- Chelsea v Tottenham (1945 BST)

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas: "It's very surprising and sad news about Sir Alex, the Premier League loses one of its most charismatic managers. He is the reference for young coaches for what makes a successful manager. The legacy he leaves is something we cherish forever. I thank Sir Alex for some words he has left me, he is somebody I hold in high esteem.

    "The motivation tonight is to win and putting our destiny in our own hands. Mousa Demeble is not quite fit, we have sent him to Holland for treatment."

  91. 1924: 
    Chelsea v Tottenham (1945 BST)

    Tottenham's hopes are more or less all on the shoulders of Gareth Bale this evening.

    The Welshman, who has won the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards as well as the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year prize in recent weeks, is on fire.

    He's bagged 30 goals this season for club and country, including eight in the league from outside the box. Nobody else is close to matching that.

  92. 1920: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Tottenham (1945 BST)

    Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Ramires, Luiz, Oscar, Mata, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Lampard, Moses, Terry, Ba, Benayoun, Ake.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Huddlestone, Lennon, Bale, Holtby, Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Dempsey, Naughton, Defoe, Sigurdsson, Caulker, Carroll.

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

  93. 1917: 
    Frank Lampard

    Frank Lampard is not starting tonight, and he is currently on 201 goals for Chelsea.

    The midfielder needs one more goal to equal Chelsea's all-time goal-scoring record, held by Bobby Tambling with 202. Could he come off the bench to do it tonight?

  94. 1916: 

    Chris Eastwood: "Hope Lampard comes on to beat the record. Would be perfect to do it against Spurs. Running out of time before he maybe leaves!"

    Pete: "This game has draw written all over it. Chelsea too strong to lose, Spurs too weak to win, but both very nervous."

    HTH T: "As an Arsenal fan, I really want Chelsea to win but my gut feeling says that Tottenham will win. Hope I am wrong."

  95. 1913: 
    Chelsea v Tottenham (1945 BST)

    Spurs captain Michael Dawson is in confident mood. He says: "If we win our last three games we are in the Champions League. It's as simple as that.

    "We haven't won here in a long time but we won at Old Trafford this season and there's now reason why we can't do that again."

  96. 1911: 

    Fred: "I don't care if he's on the bench - Super Frank to win it for the Blues!"

    Patrick, Surrey: "Missing a bit of crunch in the middle of the park with no Sandro or Moussa but I fancy AVB to get his revenge, Defoe to come on and score the winner in an end to end 2-1, come on you Spurs!"

  97. 1907: 

    I'm not sure missing out on the top four for Spurs is a sackable offence is it Sam? Who knows these days though...

  98. 1905: 

    Sam on text: "Surely if Spurs lose they are out of Champions League chase. AVB will get sacked and Bale will leave!"

  99. 1904: 
    Peter Crouch

    Chelsea won the Champions League just a year ago of course, so anything other than a top-four finish would be bordering on the disastrous. Rafael Benitez has steered his ship through some perilous-looking waters in the last few months to put them on the brink of sealing another meal at the top table though.

    For Spurs, who had one year with the big boys a few years back, qualifying would be huge. Especially if it came at the expense of rivals Arsenal...

  100. 1900: 

    Who will be joining the Manchester clubs in the Champions League next season then?

    Will Benitez's Blues book their boarding pass? Or can AVB seal a sojourn for Spurs?

    Let me know your thoughts on tonight's game. You can text in on 81111 (UK Only), remembering to put your names on there of course, or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball.

  101. 1859: 

    But if Spurs can claim their first win at Stamford Bridge since 1990 they will move into a top-four spot, leapfrogging north London rivals Arsenal.

    It would also enable Andre Villas-Boas to get one over the club who sacked him 14 months ago. Revenge?

  102. 1856: 

    With all the Ferguson news parked elsewhere, that paves the way for us to concentrate on tonight's game, which is potentially vital for both clubs.

    Victory for Chelsea would effectively guarantee the Blues Champions League qualification because of their superior goal difference. It would also give Rafael Benitez the option of resting players in Saturday's game at Aston Villa to keep them fresh for the Europa League final against Benfica the following Wednesday.

  103. 1855: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Chelsea v Tottenham (1945 BST)

    Tottenham also make three changes, with Mousa Dembele missing out through injury. Scott Parker is among those back in the side.

  104. 1853: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Chelsea v Tottenham (1945 BST)

    Fernando Torres starts for Chelsea, who make three changes from the side which beat Manchester United. Frank Lampard is on the bench.

  105. 1850: 

    If you've been marooned on a desert island for the last 24 hours or so there is the slimmest of slim chances that you may have missed the big news.

    No, not the fact that The IT Crowd is coming back, the fact that Manchester United will have a new manager next season as Sir Alex Ferguson is stepping down.

    Generations of football fans have never known a Manchester United side not commanded by Ferguson.

    The good news is that you can keep up to date with all the latest news, reaction and comment on developments from Old Trafford in a Sportsday special on the website.

  106. 1845: 
    Andre Villas-Boas

    It's the end of an era.

    As the shockwaves surrounding Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to step down as manager of Manchester United reverberate around the footballing world, a very high profile game indeed has been overshadowed somewhat.

    But not here.

    Tonight Chelsea - another club on the lookout for a new manager - can all but guarantee a place in the Champions League for next season with a win against Spurs.

    Spurs, on the other hand, can move into the top four with two games left if they win. It's a monster of a match...

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As It Stands Table

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Chelsea 2 4 6
Moving up 2 Swansea 2 2 6
No movement 3 Arsenal 2 1 4
Moving up 4 Aston Villa 2 1 4
Moving down 5 Man City 1 2 3
Moving up 6 West Ham 2 1 3
Moving down 7 Liverpool 1 1 3
Moving down 8 Hull 1 1 3
Moving down 9 Tottenham 1 1 3
Moving down 10 Everton 2 0 2
Moving up 11 West Brom 2 0 2
Moving down 12 Sunderland 1 0 1
Moving up 13 Southampton 2 -1 1
Moving down 14 Leicester 2 -2 1
Moving up 15 Newcastle 2 -2 1
Moving down 16 Man Utd 1 -1 0
Moving down 17 QPR 1 -1 0
Moving down 18 Stoke 1 -1 0
Moving down 19 Crystal Palace 2 -3 0
Moving down 20 Burnley 2 -3 0