Right-oh: That's all from me, you can follow Saturday Clockwatch with Niall McVeigh and I'll be back later with all the action from Swansea City v Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium, where kick-off is at 5.30pm.
A question from Mikael Andersen: "Can the FA punish a player retrospectively for an offence the ref saw (and deemed only worthy of a yellow)," he asks. "I thought you could only do this if the ref hadn't seen the incident?"
Well Mikael, I don't think the ref booked Torres for raising his hands to Vertonghen, I think he booked him for tripping him. In that case, retrospective action would be feasible in the scenario you set out. Having said all that, I think - but would need to check - that the rule you're referencing has been changed recently, so it might not be an issue even if Torres was booked for scratching Vertonghen.
Tedious 'narrative' watch: At the game's end, Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas exchanged a warm handshake and a few pleasantries. AVB asked his former mentor something, prompting Jose to think briefly to himself before nodding enthusiastically and saying yes" to whatever question had been posed. I'm guessing it was either: "Do you want to take your shirt off and duke it out like men in the car park?" or "Fancy a drink?"
Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! A good game of football finishes all square, which seems about fair. Chelsea went behind to a first-half Gylfi Sigurdsson goal, but their second half dominance paid dividends when John Terry equalised shortly after the hour mark. Having been lucky to escape a red card earlier when he scratched the face of Jan Vertonghen, Fernando Torres was unlucky to be sent off when Mike Dean adjudged him to have fouled Vertonghen as the two players contested a 50-50 ball. It was a poor decision from the referee and cost Chelsea their momentum. In the closing 10 minutes, they were forced to fight an often desperate and frantic rearguard action, but held on to keep a share of the spoils.
90+4 min: Tottenham continue to probe, but to no avail. The 10 men of Chelsea have well and truly parked the bus.
90+2 min: NacerChadli shoots high and wide, sending his wild slash into Row Z of the stand behind the goal.
90 min: The word from White Hart Lane is that Jose Mourinhyo told Torres he "should have stayed down" as he walked off the pitch after being red carded. It was a ridiculous decision by Mike Dean. So ridiculous that even Mark Halsey thinks he got it wrong.
89 min: Jermaine Defoe plays a one-two and gets off a shot from distance. The ball goes out for a corner, which Petr Cech collects to ease the pressure on his team.
86 min: Having been in almost total control of the game throughout the second half, Chelsea are now sitting with 10 men behind the ball, trying to run down the clock. Jermaine Defoe goes close with a half-chance, then Gylfi Sigurdsson almost wins the match for Spurs, sending a dipping effort from distance fizzing inches wide of the top right-hand corner. He took that on the volley and it was a fine effort.
85 min: Chelsea substitution: Oscar off, Cesar Azpilicueta on. SPurs substitution from a few minutes ago: Roberto Soldado off, Jermaine Defoe on.
80 min: That was a very harsh decision. Torres deserved a red card earlier, but he didn't deserve that second yellow. It was a fair 50-50 aeriel challenge between the two players and it's difficult to know what Mike Dean thinks he saw that convinced him Torres should be sent off. You could argue at a stretch that he led with his arm, but it looked a poor decision to me.
79 min: There's yet another clash between Torres and Vertonghen, who clatter into each other in mid air as they tussled for a high ball. After a moment of reflection in which he received advice from several members of each team, Mike Dean reaches for his pocket, takes out the red card and brandishes it in the direction of Fernando Torres.
77 min:Mousa Dembele gets booked for dissent as the game threatens to boil over. Chelsea have a free-kick about 35 yards from goal. Tottenham form a defensive wall, against which Frank Lampard boots the ball. Not long before that, Hugo Lloris had to rush off his line to save at the feet of Andre Schurrle, who was bested in the one-on-one.
74 min: "Mike's done well there," says the never-afraid-to-court-controversy Mark Halsey about his former colleague Mike Dean, who'd just decided against giving Branislav Ivanovic a second yellow card for what looked a reasonably bookable challenge to me.
72 min: Chelsea substitution: Eden Hazard off, Andre Schurrle on. Tottenham substitution: Christian Eriksen off, Lewis Holtby on.
70 min: Having seen a replay of that set-to between Torres and Vertonghen, I have to conclude that young Nando was very lucky not to get sent off. He quite clearly dug his nails into Vertonghen's fizzog and had a good gouge, much like an angry cat might. It'll be interesting to see if he gets punished retrospectively for that.
68 min: On the counter-attack, Chelsea break down the left flank. From the touchline, Juan Mata tries to cross into the penalty area for Eden Hazard, who's up in support, but Jan Vertonghen does well to get back and intercept.
65 min: From the free-kick conceded by Vertonghen, Juan Mata floated an up-and-under into the penalty area, where John Terry gave Mousa Dembele the slip and managed to skim the ball past Hugo Lloris from the edge of the six-yard box with a deft flick.
GOAL! Tottenham 1- 1 Chelsea (Terry 64) It's all square at White Hart Lane.
63 min: Jan Vertonghen gets booked for a reckless challenge on Ramires. I think he and/or Torres are a good bet to get sent off in the next 25 minutes.
62 min: Tottenham susbtitution: Andros Townsend off, Nacer Chadli on. He's a Belgian winger of Moroccan descent, in case you don't know.
60 min: "Good refereeing there from Mike Dean," says BT refereeing expert Mark Halsey, who is never afraid to make the controversial calls. The good refereeing to which he alluded was Mike Dean's decision to have a quiet word with Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Torres, who are needling away at each other.
59 min: Chelsea attack again. An attempted cross by Oscar takes a defelction off a defender and loops up in the air, before dropping for Juan Mata. His attempted volleys from the edge of the area is blocked.
57 min: Another long ball from the back finds the head of Torres, who knocks the ball into the path of Juan Mata. The Spaniard fires the ball past Hugo Lloris and into the Tottenham goal, only to see his effort disallowed for offside. In the ensuing protest, Branislav Ivanovic is booked for dissent.
54 min: Shortly after getting booked, Torres went on a galloping run down the inside left with the ball at his feet, haring past a couple of defenders and then trying to flick the ball over Hugo Lloris and into the back of the net. The goalkeeper does well to block.
53 min: On BT Sport, resident referee Mark Halsey says that Torres is lucky to be still on the pitch and suggests he should have got a straight red card for grabbing Vertonghen's face. He's probably right, but it looked a big fuss over not much to me.
50 min: There's minor handbags between Fernando Torres and Jan Vertonghen after the Spurs defender went down under what appeared to be a little trip from the striker as he chased a loose ball. Without anything resembling real malice, Torres reaches out and grabs Vertonghen by the chin and there's a little bit of shoving. It's something and nothing and the Spaniard gets booked. A fussier referee might have sent him off. A less sporting opponent might have hurled himself to the ground holding his face.
50 min: Chelsea win a free-kick, wide on the left. Juan Mata curls the ball into the penalty area from deep and Ivanovic heads wide.
48 min: Excellent work by Fernando Torres who outsprints two defenders down the right flank and then curls a wonderful cross through to the far post. Diving in at full stretch, Oscar makes contact with the ball but is unable to steer it inside the upright. If he was one inch taller ...
47 min: Mousa Dembele drifts past a couple of opponents on his way towards the Chelsea goal, but eventually runs down a blind alley and is dispossessed.
Second half: Tottenham kick off, with Chelsea having brought on Juan Mata instead of John Obi Mikel. That's the only change at half-time.
My two cents: It'll be interesting to see if Chelsea change their tactics in the second half. While impressive during spells of the first half, their main plan seems to involve hoofing the ball long from deep for Oscar and Torres to chase. If any other manager - Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce spring to mind - did it he'd be accused of employing caveman tactics, but as it's Mourinho we have to assume there's some sort of genius behind his decision to leave his most creative player on the bench while going route one
Half-time gallery: Click on this link here to view an array of lovely photos from the first half.
Half-time: Mike Dean draws a very entertaining first half to a close and the home side go in a goal to the good. They're just about worth their lead, but Chelsea look like they have at least one goal in them. Fans of both teams have reasons to be cheerful as we await the second half.
45 + 2 min: From the resulting free-kick, the ball is sent into the mixer, where Hugo Lloris charges off his line to punch clear. The ball's sent straight back in again from deep and John Terry rises unchallenged, only to head over.
45+2 min: Christian Eriksen gets booked for a sly tug on Oscar, that was spotted by referee Mike Dean. It's the second booking of ther game and I'm reliably informed that the first was awarded for an Andros Townsend dive under a non-challenge from Lampard.
45 min: Paulinho rattles the outside of the right post with a diagonal surface-to-air screamer from inside the penalty area after being teed up by Andros Townsend, who is having a fine game down the right wing for Spurs.
44 min: Torres wins a header on the edge of the Spurs penalty area and the ball drops nicely for Oscar, who shoots from distance. His effort is fired straight at Hugo Lloris and the French goalkeeper saves. Moments previously, Andros Townsend picked up the first yellow card of the game for a foul on - I think - John Obi Mikel.
41 min: With Chelsea having been completely dominant for the past 10 minutes, Tottenham earn some much-needed respite when Roberto Soldado unceremoniously hoofs the ball up the field and wins a throw-in for his team from the ensuing chase.
39 min: After a period of sustained Chelsea pressure, Eden Hazard tries a shot from the edge of the Spurs penalty area. The ball ricochets wide off Jan Vertonghen.
37 min: Three different members of Chelsea's coaching staff are complaining to the fourth official about the number of fouls being perpetrated on Eden Hazard. From the Tottenham bench, Steffen Freund ambles over to add in his two cents. Quite why the fourth official doesn't tell them all to bugger off and get out of his grill is anyone's guess.
35 min: From a Chelsea corner, the ball goes out for a throw-in off the head of Jan Vertonghen. Deep in Tottenham territory, Branislav Ivanovic shapes to take a long throw-in, has a late change of mine and ends up being penalised for a foul throw. The home fans howl with derision.
32 min: The game's starting to get a little bad-tempered and scrappy. Ramires is fortunate to escape a booking when he kicks the ball away in frustration after being penalised for offside. Moments later, David Luiz risks incurring the referee's wrath with a late tackle, but escapes a booking.
28 min: Tottenham attack again, with Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker combining down the right flank to win a corner, with the ball going out of play off Ashley Cole. Nothing of note comes from the ensuing dead ball situation.
25 min: Should Chelsea go on to lose this match, we can probably expect Jose Mourinho to have a moan about what may or may not have been a foul in the build-up to the goal. As Tottenham were charging up the field to score, Fernando Torres was sitting on his backside sarcastically applauding referee Mike Dean for not awarding him a free-kick for what he perceived to be a foul by Kyle Naughton. I'm not sure whether the Chelsea striker was fouled or not; I'd need to see it again.
23 min: Tottenham go close to doubling their lead, but a splendid last-ditch tackle from Ivanovic saves Chelsea' bacon. Andros Townsend shimmied his way into the Chelsa box, shaped to shoot and then played the ball right and wide to Soldado. He drilled the ball low and hard across the edge of the six-yard box towards the waiting Paulinho, at which point Ivanovic made his crucial intervention. Chelsea are rattled here.
19 min: Tottenham's three musketeers, Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado and Gylfi Sigurdsson combine to give their side the lead. With a brilliant turn, Christian Eriksen shook off his man and galloped down the inside-left before threading the ball between two defenders and sending it across the edge of the area towards Soldado. With one touch, the Spaniard teed up the onrushing runner Sigurdsson, who rode a challenge and stabbed the ball low and hard past Petr Cech from about eight yards.
GOAL! Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Chelsea (Sigurdsson 19) Gylfi puts Tottenham Hotspur one goal up!
18 min: Tottenham Hotspur win a free-kick about 40 yards from the Chelsea goal, a little right of centre. Christian Eriksen attempts to curl the ball into the corridor of uncertainty, where John Terry leaps highest to head the ball wide for a corner from which nothing comes.
15 min: BT Sport love their little inserts in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. The latest one cuts to Jose Mourinho sitting on a comfortable seat in the visitors' dug-out, watching a game of football. He then sees something which pleases him and applauds.
12 min: Sound the cliche klaxon, but it's end to end stuff here. Vertonghen goes close with a header at one of them, before - I think - Soldado is forced to dive in and prevent Ramires getting a shot on goal off from a promising position at the other.
9 min: Eden Hazard picks out Fernando Torres on the left hand side of the Tottenham penalty area and with nowhere to go, the striker rolls the ball to Frank Lampard a couple of yards away. The Chelsea midfielder tries a shot from the edge of the area with his left foot, but it's high and wide.
7 min: From the halfway line, Frank Lampard sends a raking pass between the Spurs centre-halves for Eden Hazard to chase. It's a beautifully weighted defence-splitting pass, but Hazard's first touch is a poor one and Cech clears up at the back.
4 min: Tottenham's makeshift left-back, Kyle Naughton, who is deputising for the injured Danny Rose, atttempts to get in behind Ivanovic on a promising sortie forward, but the Serb is having none of it. Having relieved Naughton of the ball, he plays a loose cross-field pass, gifting possession to Christian Eriksen. The Danish midfielder attempts to pick out Roberto Soldado with a delightful through-ball, but Petr Cech is quick off his line to smother the ball at the Spaniard's feet.
3 min: Christian Eriksen pings the ball in from the right quadrant and his inswinger is plucked from the air by Petr Cech. It's been a lively, open start, which bodes well for the game ahead.
2 min: Paulinho concedes possession in the Chelsea left-back area and Chelsea go forward, but Oscar is muscled off the ball by Mousa Dembele. Tottenham Hotspur win the first corner of the match off Branislav Ivanovic.
1 min: The handshake over,Chelsea kick off, getting the more frivolous action of the afternoon under way. Spurs appear to have lined up in a 4-4-1-1 formation.
Tedious 'narrative' update ...
Andre Villas Boas walks down the touchline and shakes Jose Mourinho's hand. I would describe it as luke-warm at best.
The teams are lining up in the tunnel ... ...
Michael Dawson is first out of the dressing room, while the Chelsea mascot stands alone looking every inch the professional footballer as he fiddles with the waist-band of his shorts, stares intently into the middle distance and chews on his gum while waiting for John Terry and his men to come out and join him.
Tedious 'narrative' update ...
In an interview conducted by BT Sport's Jake Humphrey yesterday, a very crotchety Jose Mourinho refused point-blank to answer any questions about his former employee Andre Villas-Boas. Meanwhile at White Hart Lane, all eyes in the press box will be focussed on what, if any, pre-match niceties and pleasantries both managers engage in before kick off. Obviously I'm as curious as everyone else, despite pretending such nonsense is beneath me.
Some pre-match reading ...
No end of column inches have been filled with pre-match blather in the build-up to this game and much of it has appeared in the Guardian. As you wait for kick-off, why not peruse Stuart James's interview with Tottenham Hotspur captain Michael Dawson, in which they discuss super-yachts, among other matters. Barney Ronay has written this amusing column about Andre Villas-Boas and as is customary, a quick perusal of the comments sections shows that some of our more humourless readers have taken it Very Seriously Indeed. Joking about football? Tut-tut. For shame, Ronay. For shame. Dominic Fifield is the fastest typist in football and you can read his story about Jose Mourinho's plan to go experimental in the Capital One Cup by clicking on this link here.
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - line-ups
Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton, Paulinho,
Dembele, Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Soldado.
Subs: Chiriches, Lamela, Holtby, Defoe, Chadli, Friedel, Sandro.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel,
Lampard, Oscar, Torres, Hazard.
Subs: Essien, Mata, Schurrle, Schwarzer, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Eto'o.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
And the home side ...
Full-back Danny Rose remains sidelined with a toe injury, while Andros Townsend continues to keep Erik Lamela out of the starting line-up: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton; Paulinho, Dembele; Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Soldado.
Good afternoon everybody ...
No faffing around this afternoon - we're going in with a bang with some interesting team news. David Luiz and Fernando Torres start for Chelsea. Chelsea's starting XI: Cech, Ivanovic, D Luiz, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Torres.
Barry will be here from 12.15pm BST with all the team news and build-up ahead of Chelsea's visit to White Hart Lane. In the meantime, here's the pre-match fisticuffs:
José Mourinho has accused André Villas-Boas of behaving like "a kid" by speaking publicly about the breakdown of the pair's relationship before Chelsea's visit to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, and insisted any lingering grievances should instead be sorted out face to face.
Villas-Boas worked as Mourinho's chief opposition scout for a seven-year period, taking in spells at Porto, Chelsea and Internazionale, before departing San Siro in the autumn of 2009 to pursue his own managerial career. The former scout had indicated on Thursday that he and the Portuguese are no longer in contact but that he would not "lose any sleep" over the fracture, explaining they had gone their separate ways because he had been denied greater responsibility at Internazionale.
Mourinho contests aspects of his compatriot's version of events but he made it clear he would not speak at similar depth on the subject as he conducted his own pre-match media duties on Friday. "I'm not a kid [here] to discuss relationships with the media," he said. "It's a personal thing. I don't care what he says. I'm not interested. If I have something to discuss with someone, we go upstairs, have lunch and speak about it. I don't do it in front of you."