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AVB switch spices up London derby

12 October 2012 19:52

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic said their upcoming derby with Tottenham holds more importance now Andre Villas-Boas is at Spurs.

The Portuguese manager was sacked by Roman Abramovich in March following a disastrous nine months in charge of the Stamford Bridge outfit, and the Blues later went on to win the Champions League for the first time in their history under Roberto Di Matteo.

Ivanovic said blockbusters with Spurs are always vital but acknowledges the extra edge this time around and is determined to be on the winning side.

He told The Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle: "It's always very difficult to play the game after the international break but especially when it's big opponents like Tottenham away.

"Our games against Tottenham were very interesting and tough for both sides even before Andre went there. Now it is especially so for both sides with our ex-manager.

"It will be difficult in one way and in the other way we know what is the idea and what we can expect of them.

"This game will be decided by things like when you are back from your international duty and how tired you are - the small details. So it's going to be tough for us."

The Serbian defender is satisfied with Chelsea's position on top of the Premier League but warns they must keep the same level of performance after the international break with tough games coming up.

"The international break is a good time to enjoy our position but there is a very important period coming up for us after the break," he said.

"We have some very tough games and they will be a great challenge for us. At the moment it's OK but the next two games will be very, very tough."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
20 October 2012
Game week
8
Kick-off
13:45
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
2 - 4
Venue
White Hart Lane (London)
Attendance
36060

Goals

0 - 1
W. Gallas 47'
(assist by J. Vertonghen) 
1 - 1
J. Defoe 54'
(assist by A. Lennon) 
2 - 1
2 - 2
66' Mata
2 - 3
69' Mata
 (assist by E. Hazard)
2 - 4
90'+1 D. Sturridge
 (assist by Mata)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
24
13 40' 47'
5
28 45+2'
33
7
6 37'
22
30
2
18 54'
Coach: André Villas-Boas
# Player Bookings
1
3
24 17'
2 25'
4
12
7 45+4'
17
11
9
10 66' 69'
Coach: R. Di Matteo

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
23 90+1'
8
6
13
22
28
34

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 12 +19 32
2 12 +18 26
3 12 +11 24
4 12 +4 19
5 12 -1 19
6 12 +4 18
7 12 +3 18
8 12 +5 17
9 12 +3 17
10 12 -1 17
11 12 -2 15
12 12 -3 14
13 12 -4 13
14 12 -7 13
15 12 -4 12
16 12 -11 12
17 12 -3 11
18 12 -7 10
19 12 -12 10
20 12 -12 8

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