Chelsea vs Tottenham: Premier League Match Preview
Sarri and his struggling Blues host their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow at Stamford Bridge. Both clubs are coming off extremely disappointing weekends, Chelsea lost 4-3 in penalties to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Final, and Pochetino’s Tottenham lost to Burnley, missing a vital opportunity to catch up to Premier League leaders Liverpool and Manchester City.
It is a tough time being a member of the Chelsea faithful (I know, I’m currently living it). Chelsea have now been booted out of 2 cup competitions, losing to Manchester United last week in the fifth round of the FA Cup and this weekends Carabao cup loss. Chelsea supporters have also endured embarrassing league losses recently to Arsenal, Manchester City, and Bournemouth. BOURNEMOUTH. On top of that, Maurizio Sarri is seemingly losing control of the team, with keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refusing to exit the pitch in Sunday’s loss. This makes Wednesday’s derby matchup an important one. A loss could mean Sarri takes the same fate of United’s Jose Mourinho and Chelsea will seek a new manager.
Tottenham are also having a tough time at the moment, although nowhere close to as bad as the dumpers fire Sarri hopes to contain. The club sits in 3rd place in the Premier League and had an opportunity this weekend to apply much needed pressure to dueling leaders Liverpool and Manchester City, but fell short of Burnley 2-1. Manager Mauricio Pochetino found himself enraged by some of the calls by match official Mike Dean, but Tottenham struggled for much of the match. Pochetino’s frustration this weekend exemplifies their Premier League campaign at the moment.
Spurs are in a position to make a stand against their struggling rivals and close the gap between themselves and Manchester City in the Premier League table. They will be without Dele Alli, but defender Eric Dier is expected to return from illness.
Both clubs stand to pick themselves up from a rough weekend, but at the end of the day, Tottenham are still playing for a Premier League title, and Chelsea are just hoping to regain form and stay in Europa qualification. Chelsea 1 - 2 Tottenham.
Wow, that hurt.