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Corner taken by Luka Modric from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Younes Kaboul goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Corner taken by Luka Modric from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Younes Kaboul misses to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Jermaine Jenas results in a free kick. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
Salomon Kalou grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from Didier Drogba.
(Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Jermaine Jenas coming on for Rafael Van der Vaart.
John Terry takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
Steven Pienaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marinho David Luiz. Free kick taken by Didier Drogba.
Steven Pienaar joins the action as a substitute, replacing Vedran Corluka.
Frank Lampard has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Nicolas Anelka coming on for Florent Malouda.
Short corner worked by Rafael Van der Vaart.
Frank Lampard produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
Booking for John Terry.
Ramires takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Terry on Jermain Defoe. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart, Didier Drogba gets a block in. Luka Modric takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the right by-line, Gareth Bale has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
Short corner taken by Luka Modric.
Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
Effort from deep inside the area by Salomon Kalou misses to the right of the goal.
Luka Modric is adjudged to have handled the ball. Salomon Kalou joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fernando Torres. Didier Drogba has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Heurelho Gomes.
Luka Modric challenges Mikel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Didier Drogba crosses the ball in from the free kick, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.
Luka Modric fouled by Mikel, the ref awards a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the free kick.
Michael Essien fouled by Roman Pavlyuchenko, the ref awards a free kick. Roman Pavlyuchenko receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Ramires comes on in place of Michael Essien. Jermain Defoe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Roman Pavlyuchenko. Marinho David Luiz takes the free kick.
Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by Marinho David Luiz.
Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded. Luka Modric takes the direct free kick.
Didier Drogba receives a caution.
Luka Modric takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
Frank Lampard gets on the score sheet with a goal from a long way out low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham.Didier Drogba provided the assist for the goal.
Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Gareth Bale.
Corner taken by Didier Drogba played to the near post, clearance made by Raniere Sandro.
Unfair challenge on Vedran Corluka by John Terry results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Vedran Corluka.
Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
Branislav Ivanovic challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Branislav Ivanovic. Free kick crossed by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance by Didier Drogba.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in.
Rafael Van der Vaart handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
Shot from outside the area by Vedran Corluka misses to the left of the target.
Branislav Ivanovic challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
Aaron Lennon challenges Didier Drogba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Florent Malouda takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from left channel.
Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Fernando Torres produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Michael Essien takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
Short corner taken by Fernando Torres.
John Terry challenges Roman Pavlyuchenko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
Luka Modric gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba. Didier Drogba restarts play with the free kick.
Raniere Sandro gets on the score sheet with a goal from long distance to the top left corner of the goal. Chelsea 0-1 Tottenham.The assist for the goal came from Rafael Van der Vaart.
Unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Luka Modric results in a free kick. Marinho David Luiz takes the free kick.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
Michael Essien challenges Rafael Van der Vaart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Bale takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Younes Kaboul. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
Michael Essien takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
Didier Drogba fouled by William Gallas, the ref awards a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick,
Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the right by-line, Header by Branislav Ivanovic from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Roman Pavlyuchenko has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Roman Pavlyuchenko concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Essien. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Marinho David Luiz concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Bale. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
Raniere Sandro challenges Florent Malouda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
Ashley Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Lennon. Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
Ancelotti takes nothing for granted
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has refused to rule out Tottenham - or even Arsenal - finishing fourth in the Barclays Premier League this season.
Ancelotti warned his players not to take Spurs lightly in Saturday's must-win game, despite their appalling record at Stamford Bridge and their recent run of one victory in 10 games.
The last two months have seen Harry Redknapp's men fall four points behind Manchester City in the race for the country's final Champions League spot with just five matches remaining.
Three of those are away at Chelsea - where they have never won in the Premier League era - Liverpool and City, meaning they could be struggle even to secure a Europa League spot if their poor form continues.
But Ancelotti insisted: "They are involved in the fight for fourth place.
"They will try to do everything against us because now they have a gap to close to Man City."
Chelsea also have a gap to close to leaders Manchester United, who they have slowly reeled in over the past two months to give themselves a glimmer of hope of retaining the title.
Beating Tottenham would move them to within three points of their rivals, who travel to Arsenal on Sunday.
Chelsea then need a favour from the Gunners, whose own title hopes were all but ended by defeat at Bolton last weekend.
Whether Arsene Wenger's men can lift themselves enough to derail United's title bid remains to be seen but Ancelotti believes they have plenty to play for.
Arsenal are only five points clear of City having played a game more and finishing in the top three would ensure they will not have to play a Champions League qualifier next season.
Ancelotti said: "I think Arsenal will do their best to win.
"They have less chance to fight for the title. But I think Man City behind them is closer.
"If you arrive third, you don't have to play the preliminary of the Champions League."
Ancelotti, whose side travel to Old Trafford a week on Sunday for what could be a make-or-break match, added: "We have to do our job and our job is to win against Tottenham.
"It will not be easy because Tottenham is a very good team, very strong. But I think that we want to keep open the Premier League until the last minute.
"Obviously, we have to beat Man United, we have to beat Tottenham. We want to fight until the last minute of this Premier League."
Redknapp maintains that Tottenham are still firmly in the race for fourth and predicts his side's tussle with Manchester City will go down to the wire.
"We need to go to Stamford Bridge and win. It will be a tough game but we have to try and pick up three points to stay in that race," Redknapp said.
"Man City are in pole position now but it's all to play for. We have to be positive and win as many as we can. It can still be done. "
"The idea is to be in striking distance when we go to Man City (on May 10).
"We have some tough games coming up but I still think it will go down to the wire."
The Spurs boss has never hidden his dislike of the Europa League and admits the possibility of competing among Europe's second tier fills him with dread.
"Our first year in the Champions League has been hard. It has taken its toll but the Europa League takes a bigger toll," Redknapp said.
"Playing on Thursday and Sunday is not ideal but if that's what we end up with that's what we end up with."
Questions will be asked about whether the club will be able to hold on to their stars if they fail to make the top four.
Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart have all been linked with moves, but Redknapp insists they will not be sold if Spurs finish fifth.
"They are not for sale. If you do you sell them, you may as well accept you're a mid-table team," Redknapp said.
"We are trying to be a Champions League team and we will not do that by selling our best players."
Redknapp also reiterated his belief that Spurs need to sign one or two world-class players regardless of where they finish in the league.
He also said that the club will look to offload players like Robbie Keane, Jamie O'Hara, Giovani dos Santos and David Bentley in order to trim the squad next year.
"If you want to be in the Champions League you have to keep improving. I know that and the chairman does," Redknapp said.
"We have lots of players out on loan, so we need to trim the squad a bit, with one or two of those moving on, and bring in one or two top players in."
Chelsea gifted vital win
Chelsea enjoyed a double dose of outrageous fortune to keep their slim Barclays Premier League title hopes alive as two critical blunders by the assistant referees saw them beat Tottenham 2-1.
The champions closed to within three points of Manchester United ahead of the leaders' trip to Arsenal thanks to goals from Frank Lampard and Salomon Kalou that should never have been given.
Spurs were on course for their first victory at Stamford Bridge for 21 years after a spectacular first goal for the club from Sandro.
But goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes added another entry to his ever-increasing catalogue of howlers when he spilt Lampard's 35-yard strike, with assistant Mike Cairns wrongly ruling it had crossed the line.
The visitors, who needed to win to stay in the hunt for a top-four spot, looked like holding on for a draw that was no good to either side until substitute Kalou fired home in the 89th minute from an offside position, with Martin Yerby failing to raise his flag.
The watching Sir Alex Ferguson would not have been amused about the champions being gifted the most controversial of victories that put the pressure back on his United side.
The big question before the game was whether Carlo Ancelotti would put Chelsea's title hopes at risk by pairing Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba in attack.
Despite his last gamble of starting Torres in the Champions League defeat to United backfiring spectacularly, Ancelotti took a chance again.
He did play it safe with the system, retaining the 4-3-3 that had been key to the Blues still being in the championship reckoning.
But that meant Drogba playing on the right, a move that produced mixed results.
Torres' long-awaited first goal for the club had an obvious effect on the Spaniard's confidence but he never really had a sniff in the first half.
Drogba was also more subdued than of late but he almost opened the scoring with a blockbuster 35-yard free-kick that crashed off the crossbar.
Michael Essien - declared fit despite hobbling off against West Ham last week - and the in-form Florent Malouda also went close.
Otherwise, Spurs belied their recent form of one win in 10 and their miserable record at Stamford Bridge to give as good as they got, Roman Pavlyuchenko dragging wide after a Branislav Ivanovic slip.
But no one could have predicted the manner or scorer of their opening goal.
Sandro was bought as a defensive midfielder but there was nothing defensive about the touch and 30-yard half-volley that thundered through the fingertips of Petr Cech after 19 minutes.
The Brazilian instinctively ran to manager Harry Redknapp to celebrate only to receive a a monumental telling off.
Chelsea piled on the pressure, going too far at times, with Ivanovic booked and captain John Terry lucky to escape yellow on his 500th appearance for the club.
They should have levelled when Gomes tipped over Essien's header and the resulting corner saw Drogba flick the ball on for Torres, who stooped to nod over when he should have used his foot.
Sandro produced an excellent tackle on Lampard to deny him what looked a certain equaliser before all Tottenham's good work was undone on the stroke of half-time by Gomes' latest howler and an even bigger blunder by Cairns.
Gomes took no chances after the break when he parried a 25-yard shot from Drogba, who was then booked for foolishly refusing to give the ball to the referee.
With just under half and hour for his side to rescue his title bid, Ancelotti finally abandoned the Torres-Drogba experiment and restored Kalou to his attack.
Kalou's first touch was almost a goal as another Gomes blunder saw him punch Drogba's 40-yard free-kick straight at the striker, who had no time to react.
Chelsea screamed for a penalty when Younes Kaboul brought down Malouda but replays showed the tackle was clean.
The home side's attacks became increasingly frantic, while there was always the danger of being hit on the break.
Terry scuffed a disguised Drogba free-kick straight at Gomes before Chelsea's pressure finally told, with Drogba's shot deflecting to to Kalou to stab home.
Spurs pushed in vain for an equaliser and Gomes understandably had words with referee Andre Marriner as the players left the field.
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