Date: Monday 6th November 2023
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Kick-off: 20:00 BST
I’m not sure I could dread a game much more than this one, but it’ll be over soon enough I guess.
I hate this lot.
What I hate even more, is them doing well. So it’s abhorrent I have to write about them beating Crystal Palace last time out to take them to the top of the table, at least until City’s drubbing of Bournemouth at the weekend. It fills me with absolute horror that a win tonight will see them back at the top, however, such is the impact Postecoglou has had since his arrival, it appears to be so. Not that we need to hear our own manager fawning all over them ahead of the game though. Revolting stuff.
Anyway, the Sp*rs manager will be looking for his 11th game unbeaten as we take them on tonight, and he’ll be safe in the knowledge they’re banging them in at home and being as tight as you like defensively.
As for us, well we did what Chelsea do against Brentford in our last Premier League game and that 2-0 defeat left us around 11th spot, which probably flatters us on that showing. We managed a win against Blackburn in the EFL Cup after that but it wasn’t convincing. We’ve taken seven points from our last three top-flight fixtures on the road, but that certainly wasn’t against anyone we wouldn’t expect to be beating. Happy Days!
So, chances tonight? Well, there’s always an outside chance we could raise our game like we did against Arsenal but probably more chance we won’t.
Did I mention I hate this lot?
Going into today’s game, Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou, says “I haven’t come across him [Pochettino]. From afar, great admiration. I think the impact he had at Southampton and at Spurs is unquestionable. He has taken on some pretty big challenges post-Spurs as well, which I’m all for. I like managers who take on big challenges, so great admiration and respect for his work.
It is undoubted that he had an unbelievable impact on this football club. As all of us in our roles, that’s our ultimate goal and ambition that in whatever doors we go through, we make an impact. He made an undeniable impact on this football club. In his time here, he almost took the club to the ultimate summit of the Champions League, and got close to the league. So his work is unquestioned. Everyone I speak to around here, there are still people who worked with him, they can’t speak highly enough of him as a person, as a manager. I doubt there would be anything but respect for Mauricio from anyone at this football club – supporters or people associated with it. That doesn’t mean he’s going to get a guard of honor on Monday night because we want to win. And I don’t think he would expect that. But his tenure and impact here is undeniable and will stand the test of time. Whenever people think of Mauricio and his time as Spurs manager they will only look upon it with respect and fondness. You look at Mauricio’s track record and I’ve got no doubt he’ll get Chelsea on the right path, I’ve no doubt about that. How he goes about that, he knows better than anyone else.”
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, did nothing but kiss his former club’s arse, so I won’t be writing any of that nonsense.
For Tottenham, Ivan Perisic (knee), Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring), Alfie Whiteman (ankle), and Manor Solomon (knee) remain on the sidelines, whilst Destiny Udogie and Ben Davies are both doubts.
For Chelsea, Wesley Fofana (knee), Christopher Nkunku (knee), Romeo Lavia (ankle), Ben Chilwell (Hamstring), Trevoh Chalobah (hamstring), and Carney Chukwuemeka (knee) are all injured. Armando Broja and Mykhailo Mudryk returned to training this week and are available for selection.
TOTTENHAM (Possible line-up): Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Sarr, Bissouma; Kulusevski, Maddison, Johnson; Son
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Sanchez; Disasi, Silva, Badiashile, Colwill; Fernandez, Caicedo, Gallagher; Palmer, Jackson, Sterling
Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea (26th Feb 2023)
CURRENT FORM (PL)
- Tottenham ended an eight-game winless run against Chelsea in February.
- No team has scored more Premier League goals away to Sp*rs than the 51 by Chelsea.
- Chelsea’s four wins at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in all competitions is the most by any side.
- Tottenham’s 26 points from their opening 10 league games is their best start to a top-flight season since 1960-61.
- Sp*rs are the 13th team to have 26 points or more after 10 matches of a Premier League season.
- Sp*rs could win five Premier League matches in a row for the first time since December 2018.
- The 15 Premier League defeats Chelsea have suffered in 2023 is their most league defeats in a year since they also lost 15 times in 1994.
- Chelsea have won only eight of their past 39 league fixtures.
- Chelsea have lost five of their past seven London derbies in the league.
Sportsmole: Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea