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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Chelsea, 26.02.23

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Full League Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea

Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         30   6   10   14    34- 51  28
Away         31   1   11   19    23- 59  14
Total (Prem) 61   7   21   33    57- 110 42  0.69 Pts per game
Football Lge
Home (Div 1) 42  20    9   13    79- 57  51
Away (Div 1) 42  19    6   17    63- 50  46
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Football Lge
Home (Div 2)  2   1    1    0     7-  4   3
Away (Div 2)  2   0    1    1     1-  4   1
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Total (Prem) 61   7   21   33    57-110  42
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Grand Total 149  47   38   64   207-225 143

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    LLWWLW
Spurs      0-2    Arsenal
Man City   4-2    Spurs
Fulham     0-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Man City
Leicester  4-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    West Ham

Chelsea    -    LWDDDL

Fulham     2-1    Chelsea
Chelsea    1-0    C. Palace
Liverpool  0-0    Chelsea
Chelsea    0-0    Fulham
West Ham   1-1    Chelsea
Chelsea    0-1    S'hampton

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 4. Spurs    24 13  3  8  44-35   9   42
10. Chelsea  23  8  7  8  23-23   0   31 

Another disconcerting Chelsea fixture

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Chelsea are coming to Tottenham in their worst position since the 2015/16 season. They lost at home last week to bottom club Southampton and have only managed to win one of their last 8 league games. That figure extends to ten if you include their 4-0 FA Cup defeat away to Manchester City and a Champions League 1-0 defeat in Germany against Borussia Dortmund.

You would think that with Chelsea in tenth place and Spurs in the top four we could feel some confidence about this game. Of course, we can’t. Spurs have not managed to beat Chelsea in any of their last 8 league games, and apart from the penalty shoot-out league cup win in September 2020, we have yet to beat them at our new stadium. We haven’t beaten Chelsea in the league since 2018. Mind you, they were two special wins. Both were 3-1 results. The first was our one and only win at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League era when Dele Alli scored two goals. That win was against an Antonio Conte edition of Chelsea. Let’s all have a collective sigh regarding the wonder that was Dele Alli. Sadly, "was" being the operative word.

The home win that year was at Wembley. Dele scored again, followed with goals by Harry Kane (of course!) and finally a special goal by Son. Chelsea were then managed by Maurizio Sarri. Sarri had one season with Juventus but is now with Lazio in Serie A. Chelsea have since been managed/coached by Frank Lampard, Thomas Tuchel and now Graham Potter. The furore by many Chelsea fans against Potter is such that they would probably give their eye-teeth to have Conte back now!

Spurs’ record goalscorer Harry Kane scored his seventh goal against Chelsea in our early-season away draw which led to high tempers and a dodgy, vicious handshake by Tuchel with Conte at the end of the game. Such is Spurs’ record against this club that Chelsea are fifteenth in the table of clubs against whom Harry has scored. Two of those were in the memorable New Year’s Day 5-3 win in 2015. Indeed, those goals were Harry’s first against this club. Harry regards those goals (his 21st and 22nd for Spurs) as the ones that really set him on his way in his career.

Spurs v West Ham,19.02.23

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A lot has happened at Chelsea since August. On 7th September, the day after an unexpected Champions League defeat away to Dinamo Zagreb, Chelsea announced the departure of Thomas Tuchel. After one more day former Brighton coach Graham Potter was announced as the new man in charge.

In a very late summer deadline day deal Chelsea signed Aubameyang from Barcelona for a fee of £13 million. After leaving Arsenal in January 2022, Aubameyang (now 33) made 18 league appearances for the Spanish club and scored 11 La Liga goals . Marcos Alonso moved the other way. Now after Todd Boehly’s massive January spend (Chelsea’s total spend since he took over easily exceeds half a billion pounds!) Aubameyang couldn’t make the current Champions League squad. He is in the Premier League squad but took no part in last Saturday’s game. Yet to complete 90 minutes for Chelsea, Aubameyang hasn’t scored since October when he notched up goals in three consecutive games. Two of those, incidentally, were in home and away wins against our Round of 16 opponents A.C. Milan.

The much anticipated signing of Wesley Fofana from Leicester took place on 31st August for a fee of £70 million. He became the third most expensive Premier League defender behind Manchester United's £80m purchase of Harry Maguire in 2019 - also from Leicester - and Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk, who joined the Reds for £75m in 2017. Fofana also scored against Milan but was injured in that game in October. He only made his comeback last week against Southampton, coming off the bench at half-time.

In January Chelsea signed another Fofana - 20-year-old attacking player David from Molde. David is an Ivory Coast International. They have also signed 21-year-old defender Benoit Badiashile from Monaco and gave him a seven and a half year contract! Another young signing was 18-year-old midfielder Brazilian Andrey Santos. The next deal was a loan acquisition of Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix, who featured for Portugal in the recent World Cup. Felix was sent off on his Chelsea debut against Fulham at Craven Cottage, and so was banned for three league games. He scored his first Chelsea goal against West Ham two weeks ago.

After signing Felix, Chelsea then reportedly gazumped Arsenal to buy 22-year-old Ukrainian attacker Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee thought to be around 100 million Euros. Shakhtar's chairman announced that a quarter of the fee was being donated to Ukraine's war fund. Mudryk was given a contract taking him until June 2031! These lengthy contracts help to offset FFP issues.

Another long contract was given to England U-21 winger Noni Madueke signed from PSV Eindhoven. Madueke graduated in English football with Crystal Palace and the Spurs Academy before leaving for The Netherlands. The late Ray Lo reported on an October 2017 U15/16 friendly match in which Madueke scored in a 3-1 win over Cambridge.

More shopping followed with over £30million spent on 19-year-old French right back Malo Gusto from Lyon. Another long contract was awarded, but he doesn't leave Lyon till the end of the season. Late on deadline day Chelsea paid a record English transfer fee of £105million for Benfica's Argentinean midfielder Enzo Fernandes. That move brought the club's January spending to over £250 million and meant that half a billion pounds had been spent since Todd Boehly/Clearlake Capital took over last year. Fernandez is 22 and was given another long term contract. He has 10 senior caps, seven of which were acquired in the Qatar World Cup.

The number of new players signed in January gave Potter a problem regarding his choice of players for his champions League squad as only three new players were allowed, meaning that four out of Felix, Mudryk, Fernandez, Madueke, Badiashile, David Fofana and Andrey Santos had to be left out.

For last week's home defeat to bottom club Southampton Reece James, Thiago Silva, Loftus Cheek, Ziyech as well as Aubameyang weren't even on the bench. Mind you, Potter has something of an unenvious task trying to accommodate the many new signings financed by the new Chelsea executive.

The sad news of the passing of former Chelsea player and manager Gianluca Vialli was announced on 6th January. Vialli was only 58 and had suffered from pancreatic cancer. As a player he made his debut on 18th August, 1996. In February 1998 he became player-manager after Ruud Gullit was sacked. (Glenn Hoddle had been Gullit's predecessor). Few Chelsea managers last long these days and despite leading Chelsea to League Cup, Cup-winners' cup, Super Cup and FA Cup success , Vialli was sacked early in 2000. Vialli had one season in charge of Watford in 2001-02. Most recently he had been involved in the Italian national team set-up with manager Roberto Mancini.

On 8th January Chelsea lost 4-0 at The Etihad. City had beaten Chelsea in their previous game at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League. Graham Potter admitted Chelsea were “not good enough” and “suffering” as the FA Cup defeat to Manchester City sparked anger in the stands.

Sections of Chelsea’s 7,000 strong travelling support chanted the names of Thomas Tuchel, Potter’s predecessor as manager, and former owner Roman Abramovich after watching the team - finalists in five of the past six FA Cup finals - crash out at the third round stage for the first time for 25 years.

This was the heaviest defeat of Potter’s four month reign and Chelsea’s sixth defeat in the past nine matches and meant the club were out of both domestic cup competitions and 10th in the Premier League in early January.

In his defence, Potter's team was missing no less than 10 senior players at the time. It was Chelsea's first Third Round FA Cup exit since 1998, and had reached five of the previous six FA Cup Finals. Spurs have exited at the first hurdle four times since then, the last time being away to Arsenal in 2014.

This will be the 150th league meeting between these two sides. If selected Ben Davies will make his 300th club appearance. He made his debut against AEL Limassol on 21st August, 2014. At club level, throughout his professional career with Swansea and Spurs, Ben has always worn the number 33 shirt.

Chelsea will be missing Cesar Azpilicueta, who received lengthy on-field treatment for a head injury in last week’s game. Armando Broja, who sent last season on loan with Southampton, is out for the season with an ACL injury. Chelsea have been without Kante, Pulisic and goalkeeper Mendy too, although Kante returned to training this week. It was something of a surprise to see Jorginho move across London to our local rivals in January.

Spurs’ absentees remain the same. I have rashly (but hopefully) predicted a 2-1 home win! Our game is SKY’s 1.30pm kick-off on Sunday ahead of the League Cup Final. I am posting this preview on the 15th anniversary of our League Cup Final win over Chelsea in 2008. I hope to be as happy as I was then after Sunday’s game!

Our match referee will be Stuart Attwell. Mr. Attwell refereed our home game against the other Fulham team this season when we won 2-1 in September. He’s not seeing much European action as yet, but this will be his seventeenth Premier League game in the middle this season.

Did you know? - Bottom club Southampton's 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge last Saturday was their fifth away win against Chelsea in the Premier League! Spurs can only dream of such a record, with only one away win. We've only managed 6 home wins in 30 attempts so far.

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