Chelsea fail to close gap after draw with Spurs

DANGER:Blues could miss Champions League Saturday Chelsea        0 - 0    Tottenham Arsenal        3 - 0    Aston Villa Bolton         2 - 1    Blackburn
Chelsea's defender John Terry (R) vies with Tottenham's midfielder Gareth Bale (R) during the English Premier League match at Stanford Bridge.
Chelsea's defender John Terry (R) vies with Tottenham's midfielder Gareth Bale (R) during the English Premier League match at Stanford Bridge.

DANGER:Blues could miss Champions League

Saturday
Chelsea        0 - 0    Tottenham
Arsenal        3 - 0    Aston Villa
Bolton         2 - 1    Blackburn
Liverpool    1 - 2    Wigan
Norwich City    2 - 1    Wolves
Sunderland    3 - 1    QPR
Swansea City    0 - 2    Everton
Playing today
West Brom   vs  Newcastle    17:00 SS3

LONDON  - Chelsea was held to a 0-0 draw at home by Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday, leaving the team in serious danger of missing out on qualification for the lucrative Champions League for the first time in 10 years.

Spurs will be much the happier with a point from a cagey match at Stamford Bridge, the result keeping them five points ahead of Chelsea with eight games remaining.

Both teams hit the goal frame after the break—Juan Mata from a free kick for Chelsea and Gareth Bale with a powerful header for Spurs—but it was the visitors who looked the likelier to snatch all three points the longer the match went on.

“It’s a good point for us,” said Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, whose team is without a win in five matches. “It keeps us in a decent position as far as qualifying for the Champions League goes. But there will twists and turns to come.”

Chelsea has qualified for the Champions League every year since 2003 but this draw, dovetailed with third-place Arsenal’s recent resurgence, makes the less-glamorous Europa League a more likely prospect for the club’s billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich.

After losing 2-1 to Manchester City on Wednesday, the onus was on Chelsea to attack against Spurs but visiting goalkeeper Brad Friedel was hardly threatened.