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Chelsea v Spurs - Head to Head

Posted on 27 October 2000  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Minutes on pitch 900 736
Goals 1 1
Blocks 20 5
Headed Clearances 55 51
Other Clearances 31 31
Interceptions 6 2
Tackles won 25 20
Passing Accuracy 87% 71%
Fouls 7 10
Yellow Cards 1 1
Red Cards 0 0
First Goalscorer Odds 40/1 50/1
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Marcel Desailly v
Chris Perry

In what will be a passionate London derby, the fortunes of both sides will be affected by the performances of their two main centre-backs - Marcel Desailly and Chris Perry.

Not surprisingly, it is the Frenchman who has recorded the superior stats so far this season, but Perry has made a telling contribution to the Tottenham side.

Desailly has won 25 tackles, but the Spurs player is only five behind that figure and has played 164 minutes fewer. Likewise, Perry has completed 82 clearances for the White Hart Lane side, while Chelsea's continental import has made four more.

Understandably, the Spurs defence will come under more pressure than Chelsea's, but at least their signing from Wimbledon is starting to show why he was so sought after in the first place. Coming out of defence with the ball, however, you would expect a central defender to pass with a little more accuracy.

Perry has recorded a below average 71% pass completion rate, while 'the Rock' that has been so solid at the Bridge has found a team-mate with an excellent 87% of his distribution. Tottenham apologists may suggest, that Chelsea prefer to pass the ball about more than Tottenham do and the Frenchman is required to play fewer long passes than Perry.

In fact, the opposite is true. Desailly has attempted 144 long passes and has completed a brilliant 85% of them, while Perry has only found a fellow Lillywhite with 70% of his 82 attempts at lengthy distribution.

Trying to get a shot in on goal when Desailly is about has proved a tough task. Those telescopic legs have made 20 blocks so far this season - more than any other player in the Premiership. Perry has got in the way of five efforts but that figure will surely rise this weekend as he tries to nullify the potent threat of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who recorded the highest ever Opta Index score in the hammering of Coventry last Saturday.

Perhaps Perry needs a confidence boosting nickname like Marcel 'the Rock' Desailly. Or maybe he just can't compete with the Frenchman who has been one of the most commanding defenders of the last 10 years.

Either way, few would argue that Perry will have his work cut out on Saturday but there will be no time for living on past glories for Desailly. Chelsea's big stopper will be up against Les Ferdinand, who has admitted it was he who broke Percy Throwers' heart when he smashed up the Blue Peter rock garden in 1983. Whether he can break Chelsea's rock in 2000 remains to be seen.

Matt Pomroy