Life at Chelsea has begun in decent, if unspectacular, fashion for the new Blues boss.
A 0-0 draw against Wolves was followed by a more convincing 2-0 success against Burnley where Chelsea dominated the contest pretty much from start to finish. Two clean sheets & four points from a possible six is a decent springboard for the first real test away to José Mourinho's Tottenham team.
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The recently-rejuvenated Tanguy Ndombele was forced off with an injury against Brighton but should be fit, while Sergio Reguilón and Giovani Lo Celso are ruled out. Carlos Vinícius might well get the nod in attack ahead of Gareth Bale while Serge Aurier's antics after being substituted against Liverpool should see him lose his place to Matt Doherty at right wing-back.
🧮 Likely Spurs XI (3-4-3):
Lloris; Alderweired, Dier, Rodon; Doherty, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Davies; Lamela, Vinícius, Son
World Cup winner N'Golo Kanté is fit again, but Tuchel is likely to persist with a midfield pivot of Jorginho and Mateo Kovačić after the pair impressed in and out of possession against Burnley. That being said, Tuchel made four changes in the forward areas from the side that he named against Wolves.
Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Olivier Giroud & Kai Havertz lost their starting places to Marcos Alonso, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham & Timo Werner respectively.
More Chelsea rotation could be on the cards.
🧮 Likely Chelsea XI (3-4-2-1):
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rüdiger; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovačić, Alonso; Werner, Pulisic; Giroud
The Blues have had the upper hand in recent top-flight meetings, losing none of the last four and conceding just a solitary goal in that sequence.
⚔️ Last five Premier League meetings:— Futaa.com (@Futaacom) February 4, 2021
🤝 Chelsea 0-0 Spurs
🔵 Chelsea 2-1 Spurs
🔵 Spurs 0-2 Chelsea
🔵 Chelsea 2-0 Spurs
⚪️ Spurs 3-1 Chelsea
👀 Room for improvement as far as José is concerned. #TOTCHE pic.twitter.com/4bQuIxRLzl
We're all set for another tense London Derby.
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