Chelsea vs Tottenham, a derby game that you cannot afford to miss. This clash always promises something intriguing, and it’s one I always look forward to. But for some reasons this season, I’m not too nervous of Tottenham’s visit to Stamford, and I have no doubt that Chelsea’s unbeaten run against Spurs at Stamford Bridge that stretches 26 years wouldn’t be broken today.
Spurs play some free flowing high tempo football, and have some good players that can punish you in attack. Harry Kane doesn’t need further introduction, Son Heung Min is looking a different class, Christian Eriksen can do the damage from midfield, as well as Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele. But Chelsea have one player that can kill the attacking qualities in the Spurs team.
N’Golo Kante is that man. The former Leicester City player has formed a great partnership with Nemanja Matic in midfield, and he’s one of the reasons for Chelsea’s renaissance this season. His work in midfield makes it easier for the attacking players to focus on attack, little wonder Leicester City manager calls him a 2-in-1 player.
Despite being in the league for just over a year, Kante is already third in the division for tackles and interceptions. He has made 401 interceptions/tackles in 49 games, not too far behind Pieters with 403 and Monreal with 404, and that can win you the league — ask Leicester City.
With all Tottenham’s high-tempo football, we surely wouldn’t break a sweat. Besides, we couldn’t have asked for a better time to play Spurs than now.