We’re back to weekend football after savouring the thrills and frills of Champions League and Europa League games. For Chelsea, this week painstakingly reminded us of how bad we were last season that made us miss out and how good we need to be to return back to Europe Elites Competition.
After six successive victories in the league we certainly have the look of title contenders. Our dominance cannot be underestimated owing to our defensive solidity and attacking forte. Yet, the league keeps throwing test at us and the world wants us to show more of what we are made of. This week’s game is a London derby against bitter rivals Tottenham. After forcefully ending their hopes of a league title with a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge last season, the hatred between both clubs has reached a climax. Surely this game promises to be a pulsating and fierce contest. Tottenham would definitely want revenge and a change in fortune as they’ve failed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 26 years, while Chelsea would want a déjà vu and by so doing stop them from spurring. Can Spurs stop Chelsea in their tracks? Can Chelsea stop Tottenham from spurring?
Spurs are suffering from confidence crisis after their midweek Champions League elimination while Chelsea are Europe’s most in-form team. Who wins the battle at the bridge is something we would need to find out.
Here are 3 ways we can stop them:
EXPLOITS THEIR DEFENSIVE FRAILTY:
Spurs are currently suffering from a defensive plague with key defenders set to miss this game. Toby Alderweireld is absent with an injury, Danny Rose misses out due to suspension while second choice left-back, Ben Davies also misses out with an injury. All three players are key to their team. Definitely, we should expect to see a makeshift defensive setup. With the possibility of Jan Vertogen playing as a left-back, that provides an outlet to exploit owing to the fact that he cannot provide the attacking thrust and specialist service just as Rose . At centre back, Kevin Wimmer could still deputise. Conte could ask his triumvirate to press the Spurs defence while wing-backs, Alonso and Moses would also help in order to stretch the Spurs defence.
KEEP AN EYE ON MOUSSA DEMBELE:
His guile and craft are weapons Spurs will rely on if they are to win. His incisive deft passes, mazy runs into deep areas and channels to screen defenses needs to be checked. A flair attacking player like Dembele is a midfield lynchpin who can orchestrate Spurs attacking play with great aplomb. Conte must devise a plan to limit passes to him and control of the ball possession.
KEEP HARRY KANE QUIET:
His unbelievable record in London derbies is quite swashbuckling. He’s the real star of this Spurs team and the need to keep him quiet is necessary. He thrives on challenges and in physical battles. Limit his supplies, check his movements and be toe-to-toe with him.
Chelsea must continue their form to sustain our status as the Pride of London. Cheers!