Blues should have won – AVB

Blues captain John Terry weathered an early Spurs onslaught and the
loss of his central defensive partner – on top of the merciless
taunts of the White Hart Lane crowd – to help his side secure a
point in their final Premier League game before Christmas. Playing
barely 24 hours after being charged with a racially aggravated
public order offence over October’s altercation with QPR defender
Anton Ferdinand, Terry turned in one of his most impressive
performances of the season at White Hart Lane. Villas-Boas was
glowing in his praise of his skipper’s resilience, but also took
time to hail all his players. Only when the game was finished did
Terry acknowledge his off-field travails by approaching the away
supporters, tearing off his shirt and tossing it into the crowd for
what was an early Christmas present for one of the fans who backed
him throughout the game. They should also have been celebrating a
victory, with the visitors wasting a glut of chances to claim all
three points after falling behind inside eight minutes. Adebayor
pounced on yet more hesitancy from Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech to
give Tottenham the lead but Daniel Sturridge levelled. Chelsea then
took charge, despite defender Branislav Ivanovic and midfielder
John Obi Mikel both limping off with hamstring injuries that meant
Jose Bosingwa playing as an emergency centre-half. Villas-Boas
said: “Today showed our character, personality, excellent levels of
resilience and adaptation to circumstances. “Our passing game
exploded today to wonderful levels. “It’s fantastic to watch this
team play when they find each other in possession as they did and
create opportunities. It’s remarkable, outstanding. “It should have
been a Chelsea win.” The fact that it was not left the Villas-Boas’
side 11 points behind Manchester City but the Portuguese refused to
concede the title. “If you had said at the beginning of December
that we’d go through these games with two wins and two draws, I’d
have taken it running into the home fixtures,” he said. “In terms
of the title challenge, it keeps it alive.” Ivanovic and Mikel both
look set to miss the Boxing Day west London derby with Fulham but
Villas-Boas was optimistic David Luiz would be fit to return. He
confirmed he would not recall Alex – who is on the transfer list –
to his first-team squad even if it meant continuing to play a
full-back or midfielder out of position.