It’s been an interesting opening few weeks of the season. Tottenham won their first three league games ahead of the international break but have lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace then drawn 2-2 to Rennes on Thursday night.
The next two league games for Chelsea are tricky encounters on paper as the Blues hope to maintain a good start to their league campaign.
Wedged in between high-profile league matches is the third round of the Carabao Cup when Aston Villa return to Stamford Bridge and we head to Italy to face Juventus after the Man City league tie next weekend.
The way Tuchel rotates his big squad over the next month will be of interest for Chelsea fans as the likes of Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi’s lack of minutes so far have brought up a debate about their chances this term.
Following the Blues two wins against Crystal Palace and Arsenal, and a resilient second-half performance at Anfield in a 1-1 draw, there is confidence about Chelsea who appears to be kicking off the season with a strong intent to prove their title credentials. After the international break, we’ve seen off Aston Villa and Zenit with some very clinical Romelu Lukaku finishes.
The CareFreeChelsea team gave their thoughts and predictions ahead of the Premier League encounter in a London derby away to Spurs. Can Chelsea’s early title pursuit remain strong? Or will Tuchel face an early bump in the road?
Spurs (A) – 3-1
For as long as I can remember it’s been mostly Chelsea wins in this fixture going back thirty years except for that blip a few years back. Tottenham now has a fit, Harry Kane, after lots of speculation about his future. A fit Kane will always be a threat and if Son is passed fit that’s another main worry but the way our backline has been playing the last few months I’m confident we can get a result against anyone.
Tottenham started off well with three league wins but came crashing back down to earth with the Crystal Palace result. I wouldn’t; fully write them off as this is the Premier League where any team can cause an upset on their day and the team need to keep focused on the job at hand to not fall away from the leading pack for the title.
I say keep the faith, it’s going to be 3-1 Chelsea. I don’t think we’ll keep a clean sheet the attacking of Harry Kane and Son is so lethal that they might break us down at some point but with the attacking threat we have with Tottenham missing defenders we will be able to get all three points. I did predict 2-1 but now seeing Tottenham are missing a lot of defenders I have added an extra goal.
Spurs (A) – 2-0
Prior to the injury confirmations for Spurs, I believed that this match might’ve produced a measly 1-0 win for Chelsea. Now I am confident for a 2-0 win for the Blues. With Spurs missing some key players, I assume that Nuno will set up a bit more defensively as he did when managing Wolves and hold back for counter-attacks. With that being said, they have a quick attacking front three in Harry Kane, Son and potentially Dele Alli that could do some damage to our back line.
The threat of Kane and Son doesn’t scare me as much as it used to. At the beginning of last season the pair was frightening however this season I think our defence is shaped well enough to contain them. We should come away with a clean sheet but I will not under estimate the power of Harry Kane’s ability to score just when Tottenham need them to.
Spurs (A) – 2-0
I can see Chelsea emulating their scoreline against Arsenal with an early first-half goal and a late second-half to double the Blues’ lead. I think Nuno Espirito Santo will look to tighten up at the back, while Thomas Tuchel will look to encourage his inside-forwards on either side of Lukaku to loosen up.
The best teams always find a way to win and Chelsea have shown they can do just that; an ugly win over Zenit and even Aston Villa too. Couple this with the heightened emotions that always fly in front of a boisterous London derby crowd, I think the Blues will have an edge and handle any situation that is thrown at them.
A win here would propel the squad’s morale to another level and I think Tuchel understands that. A blow to the squad morale would prove heavier than missing out on points, especially with one eye of Frank Lampard’s tenure.
Spurs (A) – 2-1
Chelsea’s next three league fixtures could be viewed as a potential hazard zone. However, as is often the case, Chelsea tend to perform better against the stronger sides. Therefore, I am more concerned, with all due respect, with the Southampton fixture where Chelsea dropped points last season. That being said, if Chelsea are to continue their quality form, then maintaining their unbeaten run is expected.
Spurs (A) – 2-1
This Spurs side will prove challenging and I think it could end up being a narrow win. This Chelsea squad have been brilliant defensively and Edouard Mendy has a good clean sheet record, but I would expect Spurs to test this Chelsea side.
Tottenham have has a patchy start to the season, beating Manchester City in their opening fixture this season, but being beaten against Crystal Palace 3-0 last week. It seems like a team that will turn up against a big team and that is why I think this will be a close game. – with goals from both sides.
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Spurs (A) – 1-0
Managing the next run of games will be an added test for Thomas Tuchel as he will have to juggle three competitions – the introduction of the Champions League which I want to see us do much better in as holders. Spurs will be a tricky test after their good start to the season.
I trust Tuchel’s Chelsea in big games, where we need to improve is games we are expected to prevail. Chelsea dropped points to Aston Villa and Southampton in the identical fixtures last season.
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