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Chelsea may be third in the Premier League standings, but mathematically, Thomas Tuchel’s side may drop further down the table after a poor run of form that has seen Chelsea win only one of our last 7 league games.
Chelsea are 8 points ahead of Spurs, but Antonio Conte’s men have played 4 games less than the Blues, which makes Chelsea’s position in 3rd unsure.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s clash, Tuchel has acknowledged that the game against Spurs is a must win game for Chelsea.
“It’s a big game,” he said. “Of course we can do our mathematics and it’s strange to look at the fixtures and see teams competing for the same area of the table and having four games less.
“So this can lead you to a wrong impression that you are comfortably ahead, which you are not. So we have to make sure that this stays like this and the best chance is to win against direct opponents.
“It’s a London derby, it’s a big rivalry. We know this and we play them now three times, it’s the third time in a very short period of time, so I think they know what we do, we know what they do and things are clear. We managed to beat them twice and we will do everything to beat them a third time.”