Spurs v CHELSEA: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: White Hart Lane

Date: Saturday, 28 September

Kick-off: 12.45 GMT

 

 

Given the nonsense in the press ahead of today’s early game, you’d be forgiven for wondering whether we are about to see a televised arm wrestling contest between a couple of Portugeezers rather than a Premier League game between their respective teams.

In the build-up to today’s game, Andre Villas Boas in particular, seems to have been fairly keen to share his thoughts on everything from the ‘breakdown’ of his relationship with Jose Mourinho, to how much better his relationship with Juan Mata had been at Chelsea. Fortunately, Mourinho has been less inclined to air any dirty linen in public.

Today’s opponents, as we know, seem to be mastering the art of winning by a single goal although I couldn’t imagine where AVB might have picked up tactics like that. Chelsea meanwhile, are clearly still a work in progress and had to be patient but persistent to get the win in the game against Fulham last time out in the league. So a cagey affair could be expected.

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, having given the press chapter and verse on his falling out with Jose Mourinho, Spurs boss AVB says “I don’t lose any sleep.  We had a great personal and professional relationship before. We don’t have that now.”

Oh matters concerning his own business, AVB says “It’s important for everybody I think we are enjoying our ride at the moment, the start of the season has been excellent.  It would be good to build on this, particularly in such an important game. Arsenal have a difficult game at Swansea and we’d like to keep ourselves in the top.”

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho appeared less keen to discuss personal issues when pressed, insisting “I don’t discuss this with the media, it’s a personal thing. I don’t care what he says. I’m not here to do that. I’m not interested.  I managed in a Champions League final against a manager who was important in my career and taught me to grow up and I did it in a professional way. And that is a way you have to do it.  I have had so many assistants in my career. I was always an open book to them and with the coaches in the academy. Will I go for a glass of wine with him? When people invite me I always go. I never refuse.  But I have nothing more to say on this.”

On the Premier League and today’s opponents meanwhile, Mourinho says “In my first time it was a clear race between Chelsea and Manchester United, two fantastic teams who were probably better than any team at this moment.  Finally, Man City broke that period of blue and red dominance. At the moment the situation is different.  At this moment six teams are competing for the position, that is the beauty of the league. It is better like this.  Tottenham are a big contender. They have bought players with quality,”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Spurs, Etienne Capoue (ankle) and Emmanuel Adebayor (illness) miss out, Younes Kaboul (adductor) is given as doubtful and Aaron Lennon (foot) will face a fitness test ahead of the game. Danny Rose (toe) is back from injury.

For Chelsea, Marco Van Ginkel (cruciate ligament) may well miss the remainder of the season and Ramires (hip), also injured midweek against Swindon is a major doubt. Having made wholesale changes in the Capital One Cup, we can expect Jose Mourinho to change things up again today.

 

TEAMS

SPURS (Possible): Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembélé, Paulinho; Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Soldado.

CHELSEA (Possible): Cech; Ivanovic. Cahill, Terry, Cole; Schürrle, Mikel, Lampard, Hazard; Oscar; Eto’o.

 

LAST SEASON

Spurs 2-4 Chelsea (20th October 2012)

 

PREDICTION

If you went on stats alone for this game, it’d be a no-brainer. Spurs have won just 3 from 42 against us in the Premier League. Having said that though, our win at White Hart Lane last season, was the first in 7 trips in the league since 2005, which is a sign of the change in this fixture over more recent years.

What we face today, is a Spurs side with the best defensive record, not just in the Premier League but in the top 5 leagues in Europe so far this season having conceded a solitary goal – and given our front men don’t appear capable of striking as much as a swan vesta at the minute, I wouldn’t be too optimistic of our former trend making a comeback.

3 Responses to “Spurs v CHELSEA: Preview”

  1. I’m nervous about this. They have gelled quickly and we haven’t but with Jose just back of course it’s all change for us, so slowly slowly. I’m hoping though for some of that Jose tactical and opposition homework pay off and players closing space fast. Despite what everyone’s been saying about us tho; against Bayern in the Super Cup we were fantastic, the better team and just unlucky to lose on penalties. Against Everton, whilst they did very well, we did enough and certainly deserved to win, at least not lose. Ok Basel was shameful but enough said about that. All set up for a Jose re-bound and silencer but……I’m still very nervous…

  2. Always interesting to hear what the other side think. I don’t take much notice of what is quoted in the press – by the time you had published this JM is supposed to have called AVB childish. All a load of rubbish.

    Before the Arsenal game Wenger said that so many new players would be unsettling and it showed in that game. But credit to AVB Eriksen, Soldado and Paulinho look like this is their 3rd season together and the rest are gelling well as Marc says.

    Fact is we are all nervous. A strong defence against a strike force lacking confidence. Could be an omen or just irrelevant. An exciting game in prospect unless JM decided to park the bus as he did for ManUre!

  3. To be fair, whilst the United game ended up a tactical bore, we all have to contend with our fair shair of buses being parked and as I’ve already pointed out, it certainly isnt Jose looking to keep things tight and nick games 1-0 these days