October 21, 2012
Cahill’s goal – a poor headed clearance from Gallas drops to Cahill on the edge of the box. His sweetly struck volley brushes Steven Caulker on the way past, and beats Friedel.
A Chelsea corner is played deep to the far post, where Gallas and Walker are underneath it.
Gallas inexplicably heads the ball back towards the centre of the penalty area, rather than either putting it out for another corner, or trying to flick it on for a throw in. Cahill has drifted away from his marker, Caulker.
Cahill hits a wonderful first-time volley, which Caulker attempts to block.
The deflection is what beats Friedel – the ball effectively goes straight between his hands, but it is difficult to blame him as it was certainly diverted off-course by the nick on the way through.
Juan Mata’s first goal – another poor Gallas clearance is punished, as Juan Mata finds the bottom corner with a precise finish.
Chelsea build a move down their right-hand side, and get bodies forward in support.
As the ball is moved wide, Spurs seem to have enough bodies back to deal with the move.
Oscar’s cross is low, but played more “into an area” than to anyone in particular.
Gallas awkwardly tries to clear up-field with his right foot, when hooking it away with his left would make more sense – as a result, he makes a real mess of his clearance.
The ball lands at the feet of Mata, who steadies himself…
…and finds the bottom corner – Friedel doesn’t even move.
Juan Mata’s second goal – after clever link-up play with Oscar and Mikel, and a wonderful pass from Hazard, Mata runs in behind Gallas and finishes well.
Oscar has possession on Chelsea’s left – he finds Mata, who is pursued by substitute Jake Livermore.
Mata lays off to Mikel, and immediately makes a dart in behind.
Mikel helps the ball on to Hazard, with Mata now in a lot of space – Livermore not having tracked his run.
Hazard plays the perfect pass – first time and in behind Gallas, who is not alive to Mata’s run – does Walker give him a shout?
The ball is perfectly weighted into Mata’s stride.
Once he is one on one, Mata finishes clinically, giving Friedel little chance.
Daniel Sturridge – Kyle Walker fails to clear the ball, dallies, and is eventually robbed by Mata, who tees up Sturridge for a back-post tap-in.
Kyle Walker has possession for Spurs, and doesn’t want to hit the ball long – instead, he should turn and play the ball back to Friedel, in order to keep possession.
Instead, he attempts to take on and beat Mata.
He retains possession, but still doesn’t take the opportunity to clear the ball.
Mata backs him into a corner, and robs him of possession.
He scampers into the box, and has bodies in support.
Caulker has the near-impossible job of trying to choose an angle to cut out – Mata picks the perfect pass…
…and Sturridge has the simple task of tapping home.