Both clubs are still playing on the current edition of the Champions League, but this clash on the Premier League might have important repercussions on the fight for a spot on the next edition of the Champions League.
The Blues have allowed their healthy advantage to slip away
Chelsea’s excellent start to the season allowed Frank Lampard’s side to stand out from the competition when it comes to a spot in the top 4. However, they are now going through an awful moment of form that was visible on the past Monday when they lost at home against Manchester United by 0-2.
With that result, and despite maintaining their 4th place, Chelsea now sees 3 teams three or less points away from their 4th place after having had an advantage of over 10 points at a certain point of the season.
Lampard’s team is effectively dropping in terms of production, only having conquered 2 points on their last 4 matches played in the Premier League and their awful record at Stamford Bridge this season also has to be highlighted.
The Blues have gotten 5 victories, 3 draws and 5 losses so far at their own stadium, which is a record that is very unusual on the recent past of the club from London, used to making their own stadium a fortress that’s considerably hard to breach by the visitors.
Mourinho on an impressive streak of bad luck
The start of José Mourinho’s reign as Tottenham’s manager hasn’t been particularly negative and in fact, the team comes into this encounter after 3 consecutive victories in the Premier League. However, poor luck has also been following the path of the Portuguese manager.
Well, in fact, he has been lucky in the aspect that sometimes the results have been better than the performances of his team, but the same can’t be said about injuries, because Harry Kane and Heung-min Son who are simply the most influential players of the club right now are currently dealing with serious injuries at the moment.
Sem poder contar com seus principais jogadores, o #Tottenham de #Mourinho sucumbiu em casa diante de uma eficiente equipe do RB Leipzig, pondo em grande risco sua permanência na Liga dos Campeões. Questionado, o técnico disse ter se sentido em uma troca de tiros sem balas 😅 pic.twitter.com/tKAj3hicAM
— 365Scores Brasil (@365Scores_pt) February 20, 2020
Well, that opens up big holes on the Spurs’ attack, who have no other alternative for the center of attack. In fact, Son himself was adapted to the position of striker due to Kane’s absence.
Because of this, players like the recently arrived Bergwjin, Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Dele Alli will have excessive utilization time, playing much further up the field than what would be typical on normal circumstances.
That absence of lethal attackers was very visible on the match they’ve played midweek against RB Leipzig in the Champions League and the loss by 0-1 reflected the lack of offensive threat of the club from London.
Both teams looking for redemption
Triumphing on a London derby will be one of the best ways to restore morale and confidence at the club and both Chelsea and Tottenham come into this match needing a resounding victory against a quality opponent.
Chelsea are clearly on their worst moment of form of the season and a victory here could not only restore them some confidence but also solidify their current 4th place on the league table, since Tottenham are right behind them on the standings with 1 less point.
José Mourinho complained about the schedule, claiming that the Spurs played on Wednesday for the Champions League while Chelsea’s players were sitting on the couch comfortably watching that match, because they’re only facing Bayern München next week.
🗣German football expert Kevin Hatchard:
“I think Jadon Sancho will leave Dortmund at the end of the season. The Premier League is a possibility and I think #Chelsea would be interested and he’s got a soft spot for them." pic.twitter.com/gXErfldu87
— Talk Chelsea (@talkchelsea) February 12, 2020
As for Spurs, with absences on the attack, they will at least try to get some points out of this trip to Stamford Bridge, and they should hold on to the hope of repeating what United did there recently.
Countering the trends of the season
Both teams will try to counter negative trends of their seasons this Saturday morning.
Chelsea have been struggling to win at home and they have been accumulating a lot of slip-ups, while Tottenham struggle particularly away from home where they’ve only gotten wins in 3 out of 13 occasions.
It’s almost safe to say that, considering this statistical data, the draw might even be the most likely scenario in
London this Saturday.
Chelsea will be working as hard as possible to recover their top goal scorer Tammy Abraham that has been absent due to an injury and his potential return might be a great incentive for the home side.