Forget about all the talk of controversy surrounding the FA cup semi final clash between Spurs and Chelsea due to Chelsea's erroneous second goal .
Discount the fact that the major match official let a lot of people down with that decision , Spurs would never have beaten Chelsea , even if that match carried on for the rest of the evening .
Here is why : Both teams lined-up to a similar tactical formation - 4 - 3 - 3 / 4 - 5 - 1 ( all the same , really ) The difference being the sort of performance individuals put on in the first place - notably in mid-field . Chelsea's quintet of Mikel Obi ; Frank Lampard ; Ramires ; solomon Kalou , and Juan Mata played broadly in mid-field , when Chelsea had possession , and also , maintained sufficient compactness at all times
Then throw in the ability of Ramires to burst into space ; mata's poise, guile , and invention - Spurs not only were second best , but could not fashion a counter threat in midfield . The icing on the cake for Chelsea being Didier Drogba , who played like a proper centre forward- with attitude , and effectiveness . His goal being a snapshot of his performance . Spurs were too wide apart - their wing wizards - Bale and Lennon isolated and sporadic ; Modric , supposedly the Fulcrum of their attack gave a weak performance..... Van der vaart and Adebayor were certainly out-performed by Mata and Drogba. Harry Redknaap said Spurs were "too open " in their defeat to Norwich , allegedly because of the formation he employed for that game ( 4-4-2 ) it was much the same on sunday night. Harry knows best , but in my humble opinion , Lennon ought to have been sacrificed for Sandro to make for 3 central mid-fielders. Particularly , when you consider Ramires' flight into space , and mata's poise on the ball...... it seemed to constantly allow Chelsea get behind Spurs' defense - a recipe for defeat .
For long i had wondered how Adebayor compared to Drogba ! On the evidence from a big game like sunday's , history lent me a hand too , Drogba is certainly the better striker , and he has the capability and attitude to make the difference when it matters. Eat your heart out Manu .
Well done Roberto Di -Mateo ! He has shown that sometimes , management is about dealing properly with simple , but crucial aspects of a team's tactical approach ; and wise man-management too. I tip Chelsea to win the FA cup , the care taker manager to get the job full time ; and folks shall be surprised Chelsea will not be mince meat for Barcelona tonight . I expect a much closer contest , even if Barcelona ultimately prevail on the tie .