Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is hoping that Tottenham’s involvement in the Europa Conference League will help the Blues when the two London rivals do battle on Sunday. Both sides have made promising starts to the new Premier League campaign, with Chelsea up in second place on 10 points after three wins and a draw.
Meanwhile, Spurs currently occupy seventh after last weekend’s defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, which came after a run of three consecutive victories.
Chelsea will go into Saturday’s fixture in better form after earning a narrow win over Zenit in their Champions League opener on Tuesday evening.
Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal of the game to help the Blues get their European title defence off to the perfect start in front of a sell-out home crowd.
Spurs were unable to match Chelsea’s result in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side drawing with Rennes away from home.
The north London heavyweights squandered an early lead to go 2-1 down in the second half, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s late equaliser rescuing a point and sparing their blushes at full-time.
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Chelsea have enjoyed an extra two days of rest as a result of their Champions League exploits, and Tuchel has warned Spurs that his side will be fresher at kick-off on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s good, I like it,” the 48-year-old told reporters in Friday’s press conference.
“We had a recovery day yesterday and now have two training sessions. It is good for us, it is an advantage.”
Chelsea will have N’Golo Kante available for selection ahead of this weekend’s clash, with the Frenchman having returned to full training after recovering from an ankle injury.
Meanwhile, Blues forward Romelu Lukaku will be tasked with leading the line at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, while the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen will be looking to keep Harry Kane quiet at the other end of the pitch.
When quizzed on the similarities and differences between Chelsea’s record signing and Kane, Tuchel declared that both players will be more than capable of deciding the result on Sunday if they are firing on all cylinders.
“There is one big one, they score decisive goals and they love scoring,” added the Chelsea boss.
“They always score no matter what competition. Apart from this they are very different players, very different styles of play.”
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It remains to be seen whether Chelsea will be able to maintain their unbeaten start to their Premier League campaign with another win over Tottenham this weekend.
Spurs have not beaten the Blues in league action since 2018 but will be looking to bounce back from their defeat at Palace in style.
Chelsea came out on top in the most recent meeting between the two clubs back in February, with Jorginho scoring the game’s only goal from the penalty spot.