This has to be perhaps the biggest question on the lip of every Chelsea supporter at the moment. As we take on our rivals Tottenham on Sunday, nerves will be on the edge, and hearts will race pending the outcome of the fixture.
Tottenham are a different kind of opponent. They are perhaps the toughest we’ve had to face in recent years, so beating them is not so simple. Unlike Manchester City who are mostly stylish in their play style, Tottenham are both stylish, physical and direct, so it will take a lot of containing, and some tactical masterclass to outsmart them. It’s not like we haven’t done it in the past, we have, it just hasn’t been easy on most occasions.
Our last win over them in the league, for example, only came at the death. Such is our game against Tottenham, it’s more than just a fixture, it’s a battle for supremacy and bragging rights.
What makes Sunday’s match different is the fact that there’s currently a very tight tussle for a top four finish for about six clubs. Tottenham are in it, and so are we. However, no one would like to lose out at the end of the season, so it will be a very difficult match.
It is a fixture we should win considering what’s at stake, but only if we play like we mean to. There’s no room for concentration lapses, as we’ll get punished for it. Every player must be on their very best if we hope to come out top.
Conte, on his part, also has a lot to do. He has to get his selections right, say the right words to motivate his players, and go with a ‘playable’ formation. We can’t go to defend, and hope to “catch them on the break”, that would be setting the ground for us to lose.
If we get our tactics right, and the players put in a solid shift, I can’t see a reason we won’t beat Tottenham. It’s all down to us. They’re not a better team; we just need to prove that.