Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of Chelsea’s pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur in the Mind Series.
Tonight’s game will be the Blues’ second of the triangular tournament; Thomas Tuchel’s side defeated Arsenal 2-1 on Sunday at the Emirates to move top of the competition’s mini-table.
The match at Stamford Bridge will be Tottenham’s fourth of pre-season under new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo. However, Spurs’ preparations for the 2021/22 campaign have been somewhat overshadowed by the uncertainty over Harry Kane’s future.
England’s captain has not yet returned from his summer holidays amid interest from Manchester City and will not feature tonight, something that would’ve been the case even if he had reported for pre-season duty on time.
For Tuchel, tonight’s game will be a vital opportunity to get further minutes onto the legs of his senior stars given Chelsea’s campaign officially kicks off in a week’s time.
The Blues will take on La Liga side Villarreal in the Spanish Super Cup next Wednesday in Belfast and the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and N’Golo Kante will all need to up their match fitness ahead of that game.
We have got our team of writers on duty today at the game with Adam Newson and Sam Inkersole covering the Chelsea side of things and Alasdair Gold making sure nothing is missed from a Tottenham perspective.
As always, there will be player ratings, analysis and post-match reaction from both managers to come so don’t go anywhere for the next few hours, we have got you covered.