Tottenham vs. Chelsea Preview

Big Big Game!

4th placed Chelsea take on 5th placed Tottenham in what is the game of the weekend. Tottenham are 3 points behind Chelsea and a win would see them go into 4th on goal difference while Chelsea are looking to bounce back after yet another loss last weekend which made it 4 losses out of 5 games. Mourinho is the new manager at Tottenham and he’s been there a little over a month. Tottenham endured a tough start to the season under Pochettino and by game week 12 Tottenham were 14th, 12 points behind Chelsea who were still 4th and having won only 3 of their 12 games. Mourinho was brought in the next morning and the lift was instant as in game week 13 Spurs went to West Ham and won 2-3. Mourinho has won 4 out of the 5 games since as he has picked up 12 points beating the likes of Bournemouth, Burnley, and Wolves while losing to United at Old Trafford. Chelsea have since won only 1 game out of 4 and so both teams are at opposite ends of the form chart. What Mourinho has expertly done is he has tightened up the defence to a certain extent and has boosted player morale with the likes of Alli excelling once again and Toby signing a new contract after having stalled for so long. It still is the customary 4-2-3-1 but Spurs in Mourinho have an experienced manager who has won everything and that aura has given players a bounce along with the fans. 

Since Mourinho’s appointment Chelsea lost to City 2-1 where we played well, lost to West Ham 0-1 at the Bridge in an abysmal performance, beat Villa 2-1, lost to Everton 3-1 in Ferguson’s first game and then lost to Bournemouth 0-1 in another poor performance. It’s not like we are being swatted aside but our form has seen us reach a point where are cushion has disappeared and we need to win this game to keep us afloat the Europa League positions. It seems that the younger players are getting to grips with their first season in this sort of pressure but that is no excuse to lost to West Ham, Everton, and Bournemouth. 

Chelsea Team Preview

Chelsea now only have Ruben Loftus-Cheek out through injury but he has been recovering well and has returned to the pitch as he looks to finally return to games by the end of Jan. Tomori is back which should be a boost as he should slot in next to Rudiger or Zouma with either one being given a rest, I have a feeling it might be Rudiger. Azpilicueta should move to left back for this game with Reece James starting at right back while Jorginho, Kovacic, and Kante should start in midfield. Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi should be our wingers while Tammy should start up front. 

Tottenham Team Preview

Mourinho does not love to rotate and he should field the same team that beat Wolves last weekend. Kane and Son are the danger men as usual but Alli has always been a thorn in Chelsea games and Moura has picked up some form in recent weeks. Dier and Sissoko should make it an interesting midfield battle while the defence still has mistakes in them that can be taken advantage of. Mourinho will want to win at all costs especially after criticising Lampard’s tactics while doing Punditry. 

Starting XI Prediction

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This game is always heated and the added factor of Lampard vs Mourinho adds even more heat. The Chelsea fans should be shouting the teams name from minute 1 to the end and away fans usually do, the players need to be up for it and win this game because it would be a great way to pick up some moral. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!

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Chelsea Vs Tottenham Preview

There cannot be a better game to start this blog off than the one this weekend!

Chelsea vs Tottenham is a London derby which in recent years has not only increased in intensity but also one that has a lot more at stake. Spurs have gone from a top 10 team to one that has managed to throw its weight amongst the top 6 all without winning anything. Many fans and critics argue (mostly Spurs fans) that they are the best team in North London if not in London, when it has been more than a decade since Spurs last won a cup of any sorts. While Chelsea usually find it difficult to win at White Hart Lane, Stamford Bridge is an entirely different story.

Chelsea have had what I would say is an inconsistent season but that is a discussion for another post. The game follows an international break (why?) both teams having won their last games to progress to the semifinals of the FA Cup. Chelsea need to win this game to stand any chance of reaching the top four while a Spurs win would increase the gap to 8 points.

Chelsea Team Preview:

Chelsea approach the game with a few doubts in selection with Courtois and Christensen both facing late fitness tests. While Caballero has proven himself when called upon this season, Cahill has been anything but reassuring. With Luiz out for the next three weeks and Ampadu out for the season we need Christensen to be fit or for Rudiger or Azpilicueta to play in the center of the three with Cahill playing on the left or right. Other than that Chelsea need Hazard to turn up for this one and Morata to follow up his good performance against Leicester with another great one.

Tottenham Team Preview:

Tottenham have the same objectives as Chelsea for the remaining season which are to finish in the top four and try to win the FA Cup. While Harry Kane may or may not make it for the game on sunday, Tottenham have no injury problems. Many believed Spurs would face problems without Harry Kane but the players have turned up in the strikers absence to win convincingly although Chelsea is whole different proposition. While Eriksen has been recieving several plaudits, the biggest threats in my opinion are Son and Dembele. Son has had an incredible season so far and Dembele has been imperious in recent weeks. 

Starting XI prediction: 

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This is a massive game in the race for the top four and with only eight games to play a lot is at stake. The game should be decided in the midfield and according to which Chelsea show up though it is Spurs and it is Stamford Bridge and with so much at stake the blues always show up.