Best time or worst time to play Chelsea? After all the brouhaha over the Carabao Cup final defeat and the Sarri-Kepa fiasco, playing Spurs at home might either see Chelsea rise to the occasion or fall apart in acrimony.
In any case, Stamford Bridge has historically not been a happy hunting ground for Spurs and this might well be one that will be too difficult to win.
However, after the Burnley loss, it’s likely that manager Mauricio Pochettino would have motivated the players to redeem themselves at the Bridge.
On the injury front, Eric Dier and Dele Alli continue to miss out and with Harrry Kane coming through his goal-scoring return at Turf Moor unscathed, Spurs look stronger than the last time they played at the Bridge in the Carabao Cup Final.
Could this be Spurs’ first league draw of the season? It’s been coming…
As usual, Poch provides some perspective in his post-match analysis of the Chelsea penalty shoot-out defeat in the Carabao Cup Semi-Final 2nd leg.
Love his positive attitude, despite the massive disappointment. You could see his reaction when Fernando Llorente missed a gilt-edged chance to put Spurs in the lead on aggregate. He is hurting inside but is thinking of the fans, the players and the club he represents.
A season-defining sequence of matches coming up for Spurs – with Chelsea (H), Inter (H) and Arsenal (A) ahead in the coming week.
First up, unbeaten Chelsea who – true to form – have responded very positively to a new manager – and yet only reside a point ahead of Spurs in the Premier League table.
Considering how easily the likes of Liverpool and Man City took points off Spurs at Wembley, I am not expecting much from this game.
Much will depend on how solid we are at the back and the return of Jan Vertonghen to fitness may force Mauricio Pochettino to throw the Belgian straight into the fray, especially with Davinson Sanchez injured, and Juan Foyth only just returning from international duty from Argentina.
Speaking of injuries, Kieron Trippier, Danny Rose and Moussa Dembele continue to be unavailable while Erik Lamela is in a similar boat as Foyth, leaving the probable line-up almost inevitable.