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Tottenham v Chelsea Head to Head

Posted on 14 September 2001  - 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 360 270
Goals 2 0
Shots On Target 3 0
Shooting Accuracy % 43% 0%
Goal Assists 0 1
Passing Accuracy % 65% 71%
Crossing Accuracy % 24% 17%
Dribbles and Runs 16 9
Dribble Completion % 69% 44%
Yellow Cards 2 0
Red Cards 0 0
First Goalscorer Odds 20/1 33/1
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Christian Ziege
Graeme Le Saux

Two experienced international fullbacks go head-to-head on Sunday afternoon when Tottenham entertain Chelsea in the London derby at White Hart Lane.

Christian Ziege has made a good start to his Spurs career, netting two Premiership goals in the club's opening few matches and giving the team some width down the left that had been missing ever since David Ginola was bombed out to Aston Villa.

After becoming out of favour at Anfield due to the performances of Jamie Carragher in the left-back slot, Ziege jumped at the chance to resurrect his career at White Hart Lane.

And he has repaid the club's faith in him with 16 dribbles and runs so far - more than any other Spurs player has undertaken this season.

The German defender was an unused substitute in England's astounding 5-1 win in Munich earlier this month and the fact that he was not actually involved, has ensured that his usual self-confident manner is fully intact.

And judging by Ziege's 12 successful challenges - only Gary Doherty has won more at Tottenham this season - perhaps Rudi Voller may have been better off picking the Spurs man to quell the threat of David Beckham down the right-hand side.

While Ziege was sat twiddling his thumbs on the bench in Munich, Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux will hope to break into Sven Goran Eriksson's squad for next month's final World Cup qualifier against Greece. To do this Le Saux must aim to continue his fine performances for the Blues so far this season.

Le Saux's passing accuracy is six percentage points better than Ziege's 65% and his link-up play with Boudewijn Zenden will cause the north Londoners a whole host of problems down the right where they are not particularly strong due to the long-term absence of Stephen Carr.

And Glenn Hoddle knows his team cannot afford to give Le Saux any time on the ball, as he is capable of providing quality service to his strikers. An example of this was his majestic cross from the left wing at Southampton picking out the lurking Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at the far post who made history by nodding the first-ever competitive goal at the new £32 million St Mary's Stadium.

If Spurs can nullify the threat of Le Saux, then they may be in with a chance of finally beating a side that have not defeated in their last 24 meetings.

Benji Romaner