Tottenham and Chelsea play out thrilling 4-4 draw 12 years ago today

Derbies can often be cagey affairs.

Bragging rights are on the line, and the fear of defeat can sometimes outweigh the desire to win, resulting in a stalemate.

But back in 2008, when Chelsea travelled across London to White Hart Lane – the former home of bitter rivals Spurs – fans had barely made their way inside the ground before the two clubs were going at it hammer and tongs.

Chelsea drew first blood courtesy of club legend Didier Drogba, who sprinted into the box to nod home the opening goal of the afternoon.

It took Spurs just nine minutes to respond through Jonathan Woodgate, with the Englishman repaying the favour by heading in a free-kick.

From there it was Chelsea who would steal a march, with the Blues finding themselves ahead for the second time in just 20 minutes; Michael Essien on target for the away side with a crafty toe-poke past Paul Robinson.

Chelsea extended their advantage after the break through Joe Cole, and it looked for all that they would be taking three points back south-west with them.

But Spurs had other ideas.

Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov reduced the deficit with a superb header from a corner on the hour-mark before Tom Huddlestone drew the scores level.

At this point Tottenham had their tails up, and with just ten minutes of the match to play looked favourites for the win.

But Cole had other ideas.

The London-born midfielder smashed his second of the day – Chelsea's fourth – high into the top-right corner beyond the arms of Robinson.

Every head in the stadium dropped as a result of the goal, with the Blues going ahead for an incredible third time at White Hart Lane.


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