Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham reaction

Villas-Boas happy with a point

May 8, 2013
By ESPN staff

Andre Villas-Boas was happy to leave Stamford Bridge with a point after watching his Tottenham side twice fight back from a goal down to earn a 2-2 draw against Chelsea.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas during their Premier League game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
PA PhotosAndre Villas-Boas has endured many ups and downs in his first two seasons in the Premier League

Spurs remain in contention to finish in the Premier League's top four and claim Champions League football at the expense of Arsenal and Chelsea but with two games to go they must now rely on one of their rivals dropping points.

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"We wanted to win obviously," he told Sky Sports 1. "The feeling is that a point is not bad, but it is not dependent on us now. Someone will have to drop points. The task was to win here.

"Our focus will be to continue to do our job and hopefully with the teams Arsenal and Chelsea have to play, fighting for survival, something can happen. Anything can happen. The Premier League is completely unpredictable. Chelsea have a difficult game against Villa at the weekend.

"We have a difficult game against Stoke as well who are also fighting. This fixture before the emotions of the last day can be decisive."

Tottenham captain Michael Dawson, meanwhile, admitted the club's fate was now out of their hands after a second draw in three games.

"It keeps it going," he said. "It's out of our hands if Arsenal win their two games. We'll keep fighting."

"It was a tough battle. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb giving away a goal so early. We showed that fighting spirit that we've got and kept going.''

Meanwhile, Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez has bemoaned his player's defending, believing their lack of control hindered their chances of victory.

"I think that we had four or five counterattacks to finish the game, and we didn't do it," Benitez told Sky Sports. "[Spurs] were pushing and we had to defend but we had the chances on the counterattack to score the third goal and finish it.

"We could defend both [goals] a little bit better because we are talking about transition defending when we conceded the first goal and with the second it was the same.

"I think [the second] was offside anyway, the position of Adebayor - but we still had to stay more compact and be more aggressive in defence.

"The second half was too open. In the first half we had control of the game, we gave them the opportunities to play on the counterattack and it was a great goal.

"When we were winning the game we had to have more control and all the counterattacks that we had we didn't finish so it makes a big difference.

"I think that we had the chances, not clear chances in front of the keeper but in the counterattack you have to do something more.

"We had the chances to score the third goal, but we didn't do it and as you say credit to Tottenham because they were pushing and attacking."

However, the Spaniard was confident his side have now full control of their top-four destiny.

"We are in the position we said before, we have to win one game to guarantee the top four and we will try to win both to get in the top three."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.