Monday, February 25, 2008

Spurs beat Chelsea to lift Carling Cup

Although Avram Grant has done better than perhaps expected at Chelsea question marks remain about his tactical ability in bigger, tighter games. Making a poor call, as in fielding Anelka on the wing, is one thing, failing to recognise the mistake is another. Chelsea were screaming out for Joe Cole but he wasn't brought on until it was too late. Playing Lampard instead of Ballack, who has been in excellent form, also proved costly. Ramos, on the other hand, read things a bit better, replacing Chimbonda with Huddlestone, switching Lennon to the left and bringing Spurs back into the game.
Not only was it was nice to see a team outside the big four win something, but it was especially pleasing to see Chelsea's brand of boring-at-all-costs football beaten by a team that sought to entertain.
Woodgate winner signals Spurs' new dawn
Grant curses his luck at being unable to match Mourinho's start
Ramos retains his steely front while players melt in euphoria

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