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Posted on 31 August 2008  - 12:00

Luiz Felipe Scolari was full of praise for us after Sunday's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Opposition view

Luiz Felipe Scolari was full of praise for us after Sunday's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea boss claimed he was far from disappointed with a point and that you had to 'respect Tottenham and their players'.

Chelsea had the better of the first half but only had Juliano Belletti's 28th minute goal to show when, in added time, Frank Lampard's clearance cannoned into the path of Darren Bent who controlled and slotted under Petr Cech.

The second half was a quieter affair with less goalmouth action as we grew in strength and confidence to secure our first point of the campaign.

"Disappointed? No," said Scolari when asked in his post-match press conference if he was disappointed with the draw. "For me, we played well and you have to respect Tottenham, they are a very good team and they played well.

"Sometimes it's impossible to win. They played the same game as us with five in midfield and they controlled the ball well.

"We had more chances but made mistakes with our final shot.

"It was difficult to create. Tottenham covered the space well but that is the game, that is football.

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"Teams might decide to play five in midfield but not many teams have the quality that Tottenham have. They have players in national teams all over the world.

"It was an interesting game, an interesting derby and a draw is a normal result."