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Preview Pack - Chelsea v Spurs - 11.03.06

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Full Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea

Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         14   0    5    9     9- 26   5
Away         13   0    5    8     9- 26   5
Total (Prem) 27   0   10   17    18- 52  10
Football Lge
Home (Div 1) 42  20    9   13    79- 57  51
Away (Div 1) 42  19    6   17    63- 50  46
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Football Lge
Home (Div 2)  2   1    1    0     7-  4   3
Away (Div 2)  2   0    1    1     1-  4   1
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Total (Prem) 27   0   10   17    18- 52  10
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Grand Tot   113  40   27   48   168-167 111
Last Six Premiership results:-


Chelsea    1-1   Charlton
A. Villa   1-1   Chelsea
Chelsea    2-0   Liverpool
M'brough   3-0   Chelsea
Chelsea    2-0   P'tsmouth
West Brom  1-2   Chelsea   
Great new Spurs Head to Head Records in this new publication! (Spurs Odyssey is grateful to Bredon Books Publishing for their permission to quote certain statistics from their book in the compilation of this preview)

Spurs      0-0   A. Villa
Fulham     1-0   Spurs
Spurs      3-1   Charlton
S'derland  1-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-2   Wigan
Spurs      3-2   Blackburn

Pos         P  W  D  L  F -A  GD  Pts
 1 Chelsea 28 23  3  2  56-17 39  72
 4 Spurs   28 13 10  5  40-26 14  49
It will be a special day this Saturday at Stamford Bridge. This will be the first home game for Chelsea since the sad passing of their former hero - Peter Osgood, at the age of just 59. Osgood belonged to a Chelsea team that even Spurs fans could grudgingly respect. Moulded by the humble and honourable, even timid, Dave Sexton, the Chelsea of the 69-70 and 70-71 season featured not only Osgood (who reputedly attracted the attention of Raquel Welch), but the likes of Ron "Chopper" Harris, Peter "The Cat" Bonetti and Ian Hutchinson to name but three. Charlie Cooke was also of that era, and in him, with Osgood, Chelsea had characters to contest George Best's glamour boy tag.

Spurs fans didn't hate Chelsea so much then. They were too busy focussing on their traditional enemies, including Charlie George. Spurs fans will honour the one minute silence for Osgood, as they did for Matthew Harding, and as they did for David Rocastle on the day he was mourned at Highbury.

1969-71 was probably the pinnacle of Osgood's career. He was top league scorer in the first season; featured as a member of Alf Ramsey's World Cup squad for Mexico; and then took part in the European Cup-Winners Cup victory over Real Madrid. Peter Osgood later moved to Southampton, where he enjoyed glory in the 1976 Cup Final against Manchester United. In recent years, Osgood was associated more with the Saints, as I believe he was one of those castigated by Ken Bates as "freeloaders", and therefore not welcomed with open arms at The Bridge. That rift had been healed after Bates' departure.

Spurs Odyssey extends its commiserations to all those who mourn a real football hero.

Jose Mourinho would do well to find out more about Sexton (who later enjoyed great success as England Under-21 Coach). Mourinho wonders why everyone gets on his back. I'll tell you why. Here is a man - a talented football coach - who lands a job where he has all the monetary resources at his disposal that any football manager could dream of. He assembles a world-class team, who are going to win the Premiership by a mile for the second year running. Mourinho could (and should) be a football statesman, but his tantrums at The Hawthorns last week were a disgrace and he deserves any punishment the FA should dish out, when the case is heard. (I fairness, the FA charge of "intimidation" applies to both teams) Sometimes, perhaps "The Special One" is misrepresented due to the inevitable language barrier when it comes to putting across his true meaning, but to step on the pitch and sarcastically applaud the referee was not the sort of example that this man should be setting to youngsters.

Spurs need to make this Saturday a special day for themselves. Whilst our Premiership record against The Blues is a disgrace, we played well with ten men in August this year (after Mido's harsh sending-off early in the game), and of course we parked the team bus in front of the goal when we last met at The Bridge, in September, 2004.

Chelsea will miss the suspended Robben, but Lampard is fit, and I don't believe the rumours of a projected Terry absence. In any case, we all know that whoever represents Abramovich's play-things, they will form formidable opposition. Another team bus effort would do for me and any Spurs fan would take a draw. There are no new injury problems for Spurs, and as usual, Martin Jol has to perm any four midfielders from 6 (Jenas, Carrick, Davids, Tainio, Murphy and Lennon), and two strikers from 3 (Keane, Defoe and Mido).

Let's hope we can get a point, but I am not dismissing victory out of hand. Chelsea are of course stung by their Champions League exit, but I am sure they will remain highly motivated until the title is clinched.

Whatever the result, Spurs fans must wait till Sunday evening to find out if Liverpool can take something from their match at Highbury. We will remain fourth, come what may, but we do need to match or better Arsenal's result.

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