Chelsea are the team to beat this Premier League season, while Tottenham are very much in the hunt for a direct Champions League qualifying spot. So, when these two teams meet tonight, it’s the high profile match-up of the 20th round.
It has not always been like that, though. In the 1993/94 campaign, both teams were battling relegation. Meeting on February 27th 1994, it was 17th vs 16th in the league table, as Chelsea hosted Tottenham. Mind, this was still with a 22-team league; but neither side could breathe easy as they were just four and three points off the drop, respectively.
Going into the match Tottenham were also still looking for their first win of 1994, having already played seven matches in the calendar year. In front of some 19.000 fans at Stamford Bridge, the visitors jumped out to an early lead courtesy of Steve Sedgley, Jason Dozzell and some shoddy defending.
Shortly after John Spencer did decide to stick a boot in. Chelsea were lucky not to be down to ten men, as said boot landed squarely in Justin Edinburgh’s groin. Somehow it only drew a yellow and did not spell the end for Chelsea. Spurs manager Ossie Ardiles was forced to take off Edinburgh, though. In his stead a 19-year old Sol Campbell took to the field.
As fate has it, Mal Donaghy and Mark Stein squared up the score in quick succession; helped of course by some shoddy defending. The two teams weren’t necessarily putting on a clinic. Nevertheless, or maybe because for precisely that reason, chances are abound on both ends of the pitch. Who else then to put the Blues ahead, still before half-time, than Spencer. Granted, it was the best goal of the match.
The real fun, though, starts about 16 minutes into highlights video below:
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