Date: Thursday 4th February 2021
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT
Four points from his first two games in charge at Chelsea but tonight will be Tuchel’s toughest test so far.
Tottenham might not be in their best form, but teams haven’t needed to be to take points off us this season. It’s also a Mourinho side and we know he’ll make it as mind numbingly frustrating as he can for us, there’s no way he’ll want his first meeting with the latest Chelsea manager to be one he’ll remember for the wrong reasons.
We haven’t been in the greatest form ourselves either and certainly no better than tonight’s opponents, our positions in the table are evidence of that, and Spurs still have a game in hand. We should have beaten Wolves but weren’t clinical enough and whilst we were the better side in the win against Burnley, I’m not convinced we’d get away with the same personnel tonight although to be honest, we’d probably have more chance of picking the winning lottery numbers than Tuchel’s starting XI.
Going into today’s game, Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, says “Chelsea is Chelsea. They changed the coach, but they did not change the players. There are lots of very good players, lots of potential in that squad. They had a good coach with Frank, who was doing a good job with them, they have a good coach now with Tuchel. He was coming from a league that you cannot compare with the Premier League, but he is used to working with players of high calibre, used to dressing rooms with important players. He will fit well in a club like Chelsea.”
Thomas Tuchel, meanwhile, says “It’s Tottenham against Chelsea, not me against Jose. I am very happy to compete with a strong team against his side, with a squad with our quality, mentality and the atmosphere we’re in right now.
I think it’s very clear what he stands for. He builds competitive and strong teams. He has built a Tottenham squad with characters like Sissoko, Hojbjerg that support the defence. They have great players upfront: Harry, Son, Bergwijn, Bale. I have no doubts he is one of the best managers in the world and has created a squad at Tottenham that is always competitive, very strong. That is the challenge. The challenge for us is to beat them. We are very excited to have these challenges.”
For Tottenham, Sergio Reguilon (muscular), Giovani Lo Celso (hamstring), Dele Alli (tendon) and Harry Kane (ankle) all allegedly remain out but Tanguy Ndombele should be available.
For Chelsea, Kurt Zouma and Kai Havertz are injury doubts and will be assessed.
TOTTENHAM (Possible line-up): Lloris; Alderweireld, Dier, Rodon; Doherty, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Davies; Bergwijn, Vinicius, Son
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Kovacic, Jorginho, Chilwell; Pulisic, Mount, Werner;
Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea (22nd December 2019)
CURRENT FORM (ALL)
- Chelsea are unbeaten in the past four Premier League meetings.
- Tottenham could lose three consecutive top-flight fixtures for the first time since November 2012.
- Chelsea are vying to record consecutive Premier League victories for just the second time this season
- Tottenham are the only side yet to lose a London derby in the Premier League this season.
- Chelsea have lost four of their past five away league games
- Chelsea have conceded 50 Premier League away goals since the start of last season.
BBC Sport: Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea
Sky Sports: Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea
Sportsmole: Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea