Tottenham vs Chelsea: Line-ups
Reinvigorated Chelsea to Shine
Losing the indispensable Harry Kane to injury would hamper almost any team on the planet right now, but even the most impassioned of Tottenham supporters could hardly have imagined their side being nullified by a Brighton & Hove Albion team fighting to avoid the drop.
On an individual level, Mourinho could set a couple of unwanted records with a less-than-satisfactory result this week. The Portuguese boss has never lost successive home matches in the Premier League, and having failed to come up trumps against Chelsea in his last six attempts, he could match his longest ever winless run against an opponent – seven versus Barcelona between April 2011 and January 2012.
With the Blues’ attacking contingent flattering to deceive this term, the goals came from unlikely sources in Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, as the former hammered home in the first half before his compatriot – who previously did not appear to have a future at Chelsea – wrapped up the win with a delightful volley in the second 45.
As is the case with Tottenham, Chelsea have already secured nine wins and played out six draws in the 2020-21 Premier League campaign, but an added defeat as well as an inferior goal difference means that they sit behind their London rivals ahead of this game, and the chasing pack are not too far behind either.
The Blues undoubtedly still have a few issues to iron out, but the early signs are positive for Tuchel and his team boast a strong recent record in this fixture, so it looks like a narrow win for Chelsea to inflict more misery on Mourinho and Spurs.