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Spurs 1-1 Chelsea - Steffen's praise for Gylfi

30 September 2013|Tottenham Hotspur

Steffen Freund has hailed the influence of Gylfi Sigurdsson after his first half goal ensured we took a point in Saturday’s London Derby against Chelsea.

Icelandic international Gylfi fired home in the 19th minute – his third Premier League goal this season – as we took the lead against Jose Mourinho’s men.

John Terry levelled for the visitors after the break, but after the dismissal of Fernando Torres in the closing stages, we exerted further pressure. However, a winner proved elusive.

Assistant Head Coach Steffen admitted there was a feeling of disappointment among the squad after the game, having let our lead slip, but insisted there were plenty of positives to take from the game – Gylfi’s form in particular.

“Gylfi is on fire this season, scoring goals and his movement is fantastic from the left coming inside,” said Steffen.

“Again, it was a great lay off from Roberto Soldado and that link with Christian Eriksen is growing. It’s looking good.

“That’s why we are disappointed because everything worked really well in the first half, the match plan from Andre, everything worked well but after the second half, we can be happy with a draw.”

Steffen admitted that, after our first half showing and Chelsea’s post half-time display, a draw was probably a fair result.

He went on: “We started well, had a really good first half, created three really good chances and Paulinho hit the post – maybe that would have been the key goal.

“In the second half, Chelsea came out and performed well, put us under pressure and created chances. Overall, it’s a fair result.

“If you see the highlights, then Chelsea deserve a point – we have to be honest. That shows the character of our players now. They want to win every game and they are disappointed after a 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

“Last season, we lost 4-2 here. The performance in the first half was really good. In the second half, we fought and tried to keep the 1-0.”