After dropping even more points against Brighton away in the Premier League, the pressure will certainly be on Thomas Tuchel and the Chelsea players to produce and get the three points as the top four race intensifies with the visit of Spurs to Stamford Bridge
Antonio Conte’s Spurs pulled off a remarkable comeback away at Leicester, much to the help of Steven Bergwijn. Tottenham will certainly arrive at Stamford Bridge in high spirits, as Antonio Conte looks to extend his unbeaten run with Spurs in the Premier League.
We take a look at three Chelsea players that you should keep a look out for in what will certainly be a tactical battle between the two teams.
Kai Havertz with attacking point to prove against Spurs
After not starting against Manchester City and Brighton, it will be a surprise if we see the German wonder-kid left out of the starting lineup for the third time in a row. Fresh and match fit, at home against Spurs, it would be an ideal game for him to be involved in. Whether he starts as a false 9 or as an inside forward, his ability on the ball would be suitable against a Conte team which will most likely be playing a low-block throughout most parts of the match.
With Romelu Lukaku failing to produce, could we see the Belgian dropped with Havertz starting at false 9 instead? It has been debated by Chelsea fans that the team progress much better on the ball in build-up and approach play with Havertz at false 9 rather than Lukaku. It will certainly be a tough decision for Tuchel to make, especially if Romelu Lukaku fails to produce again, should he start against Spurs.
Mateo Kovacic to bring midfield balance
After putting in a number of impressive displays throughout the season, it would definitely be a surprise if the Croatian isn’t involved this weekend.
Chelsea are finally getting to see the player that it paid £35 million for back in 2019. This isn’t to say he was disappointing earlier, under Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard. He won the Player Of The Season award in 19/20 and numerous team trophies during that span. However, Kovacic has certainly taken his game to another level. Transitioning into a world-class, versatile midfielder. Technically gifted but also adding goals and assists to his game.
With Kante having just played full 90 minutes against Brighton, it is expected that the pivot of Jorginho and Kovacic will start against Spurs. The midfield battle will be huge and Kovacic gives us a dynamic that none of our other midfielders do.
Mason Mount adding energy to the team
Understandably, the Englishman has gone through a bit of a rough patch, as all young players do. Without a goal or an assist this year, Mount still remains one of the Blues most important players. When he’s on the pitch, they play better as a team. His work rate on and off the ball will be huge against players like Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp who can physically dominate matches.
After not starting against Manchester City and giving Thomas Tuchel the ‘angry eyes’, it will definitely be a shock if he doesn’t start against Spurs.
This is a huge game for the top four and Mason Mount has shown throughout the season that he can be relied upon, especially when the going gets tough. Should he start against Spurs, the spotlight will be on him to produce and help the team win three points which will help Tuchel to stay intact with Liverpool.
Written by Vikram Jajuha (@CFCVik)
Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)
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