John Terry headed a second-half equalizer to rescue a 1-1 draw for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday as the managerial battle between Jose Mourinho and his former apprentice, Andre Villas-Boas, ended in stalemate.
The hosts dominated the first half and took the lead when Gylfi Sigurdsson finished a flowing move, but the halftime introduction of Juan Mata turned the game in Chelsea’s favor.
Mata’s curling free kick was headed in by Terry 20 minutes after the interval and Chelsea piled on the pressure until referee Mike Dean sent off striker Fernando Torres with 10 minutes left.
Torres, who was booked earlier in the game for a trip on Jan Vertonghen, was given a second yellow card after an innocuous aerial challenge with the same player. Spurs remained two points clear of Chelsea.
Arsenal played at Swansea City yesterday after Manchester City visited Aston Villa and Manchester United hosted West Bromwich Albion.