Chelsea: Three things to look for at Tottenham: Formation and fight

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images) /
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Chelsea’s English midfielder Mason Mount (C) turns to celebrate after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Chelsea at Craven Cottage in London on January 16, 2021. (Photo by MIKE HEWITT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Chelsea’s English midfielder Mason Mount (C) turns to celebrate after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Chelsea at Craven Cottage in London on January 16, 2021. (Photo by MIKE HEWITT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

3. Fight

No individual match personifies the term fight more than the Battle of the Bridge in 2016. Chelsea was down and out for the season and truthfully, the only thing the players had to fight for was their pride. Tottenham had everything to play for, but also everything to lose. From the collected composure in the face of adversity to the camaraderie to the calmness of Eden Hazard’s late equalizer, I speak for many Blues fans when I say that there has seldom been a prouder moment than that in recent years. Yes, there has been a plethora of trophies and a slew of success, but the fight Chelsea displayed on that night was incredible.

Those of us who were supporters in that gloomy season have admittedly look disgusted at times during this campaign. Most notably, the trip to the Emirates in late December. The Blues were on a poor run of form from the beginning of December to the end of January, but the results weren’t the most disappointing part. That award goes to the uncharacteristically uninspired performances. Chelsea took the pitch looked flat-footed, unprepared and unfazed by the drubbing it was receiving on numerous occasions. The Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester performances spelled the beginning of the end for Lampard and the Blues’ title hopes.

Luckily, the fight has recently returned. The 1-0 win over Fulham was won by a goal of heroic proportions from Mason Mount and although only a draw, Tuchel had his team ready to play against Wolves. It goes without saying that a game against Tottenham in and of itself should be enough to bring the best out of the Blues’ players. However, the Arsenal disappointment in December makes spectators question whether or not the commitment will be present.

If Chelsea shows the fight the team is capable of displaying, it can compete with almost any team in Europe. If the will to win isn’t present though, the Blues will be in for a long 90 minutes at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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