With Eden Hazard out, as well as Tiemoue Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, and Cahill, we are the obvious bookmakers’ favorite to lose the clash against Tottenham on Sunday at Wembley stadium. Our team is the weakest it’s been in seasons, and it’s not surprising the prediction.
Tottenham’s form into the new season is impressive, and ours on the one side, isn’t exactly what you’d call ‘heartwarming’. Losing to Burnley was the straw.
There have been calls for us to sign more players before the end of the summer window, but while we’re at it, we have to keep surviving, and stay alive. Our clashes with Tottenham have always been keenly contested. The last one was in our favor, but it wasn’t an easy win, even though we were at our strongest at that time. Now, with all that’s happening to us, would we fare well with Tottenham?
There’s so much that suggests we’re the least favorite to emerge victorious from that clash, but history has taught us better than write off Chelsea ever. We are usually the strongest when people think we’re the opposite, and if we channel belief, there’s nothing stopping us from getting something from that game.
We’re missing key players, and obviously we can’t sign players now, and get them to play overnight, so team selection has to be from what we have at the moment. I have no disbelief that the boys we have can deliver. They’re hungry young men who want to impress. With the right motivation, they will. So yes, Conte can use the same team that finished the Burnley game, with two additions, and get them set against Tottenham. The most important thing at this time is the spirit the players take heading into the game and of course tactical discipline. There may be so much going on at the club right now, but there isn’t a better time to block them all out than now. The boys must not just play for Chelsea, but for themselves and reputations too, afterall we’re playing perpetual rivals, Tottenham. We have to approach the game with calmness and resolve to get something out of it. That is the only way we’ll really get anything out of it.
It’s a difficult moment in our season, and we have to navigate through it with our heads held high. We capitulated in 2015/16 because calm was lost. That cannot happen again. We have to keep belief, and play on. It’s only a matter of time until the squad takes proper shape again, however, if we lose it now, we may see a repeat of 2015/16.