Thomas Tuchel faces his toughest test yet as his Chelsea side travels for a mid-week contest at Tottenham. Jose Mourinho’s side is in the middle of a skid and there are a few key injuries on both sides. Therefore, this game is set to be another epic clash. Not to mention, there are massive top four implications on the line for both sides, but specifically the Blues. It’s Chelsea vs. Tottenham and Tuchel vs. Mourinho in another massive London Derby.
Here is how The Pride of London staff sees the match playing out:
Michael DeVito: 1-2 Chelsea
Having barked all season about Chelsea not beating anyone of consequence, now is the time and Spurs is the side. Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner could be big contributors; it’s time for a big, productive effort from the Blues’ talents. This is a signature game that could help Tuchel define the rest of the season for his side and it could act as a springboard to the top four. This is an absolute must win.
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Anthony Gatt: 0-2 Chelsea
Tottenham has been horrendous as of late defensively, so there is no reason why Tuchel’s men cannot expose them and with Kane out, they will be searching for goals elsewhere. The Blues must control the game if they do not want to repeat results that they’ve had against the big six this season. A win here can change the outlook on the Blues’ season, Tuchel and whether or not the squad has the ability to achieve a top four finish.
Mike Malley: 1-3 Chelsea
This prediction is not as much influenced by my positive outlook for Chelsea as it is by the fact that Spurs have been terrible as of late. The Blues’ London rivals have lost consecutive league matches and appear to be in big trouble without their talisman, Harry Kane. The English hitman will be absent from Thursday’s clash, meaning the Blues’ back three will have an easier day at the office. This could be the result that ends Mourinho’s reign at Tottenham.
Olaoluwa Nwobodo: 0-1 Chelsea
Spurs have not been playing well lately, especially since the absence of Kane. It is still a big match and the Blues can still expect Spurs to be solid defensively. Chelsea has enough players that come up with magical plays, or at least more of those players than Spurs anyway. The top four race is very much on, but the Blues need to beat the teams above them to make it.
Abhishek Pancholi: 0-2 Chelsea
The return of Marcos Alonso may have been perfectly timed with Spurs coming up, but it is not guaranteed that he will start against them. Instead, Tuchel is likely to go for the jugular against a team in questionable form and missing its most influential player in Kane. Two Blues goals—one each from Werner and Christian Pulisic—will be enough to seal a thoroughly professional win.
Gabe Henderson: 1-2 Chelsea
The Blues need to beat Spurs while they’re down. Tuchel will have his men ready and the away side escapes with a narrow win.
Scott Brant: 0-0 Draw
Thats right, a borefest of epic proportions with both teams settling for a point. Mourinho will set up extremely defensive as to not lose the match, and the Blues will possess the ball a ton without ever breaking down Spurs. I hope I am wrong and the Blues manage to take three much needed points. Here’s to a good afternoon of drinking, the match may be a waste of time otherwise without a beverage.
Varun Dani: 0-3 Chelsea
TuChelsea showed some improvement in the win against Burnley, with a new system slowly taking shape. Spurs might be harder customers, but the mood in the Blues’ camp seems to have significant improved over the last 10 days. This performance will announce the true beginning of Tuchel’s team.
Travis Tyler: 0-0 Draw
While the Blues look better in possession and create a fair few chances, Mourinho shuts up shop too tightly for anything to get through.
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