Okay, the draw against Sunderland last weekend was frustrating to say the least. But behaving like it’s the end of the world is stupid.
We are still top of the league six points clear of our league rival Manchester City and STILL UNDEFEATED across all competitions in Europe!
Heck even Bayern Munich has suffered a defeat this season, but we are still undefeated going into December. I am sure any fan or manager would have taken this before the start of the season.
So, this brings us to the home game against Spurs tomorrow. Mauricio Pochettino’s side sits 7th in the league table with 20 points in the 13 games so far. Sure, they are coming off a 2-1 win over Everton in the weekend but the truth is, the London side has struggled to win against the top PL sides in the recent past. Given Mourinho’s record against the top oppositions (or the team who likes to play football unlike Sunderland), we have a very good chance to secure a win and further strengthen our position at the top of the league table. But for that to happen, we have to play the similar kind of attacking football, the fans and neutrals have come to expect from us this season.
So, ahead of this home fixture, here are few of the key player battles, which you might wanna keep an eye on, as they could very well influence the outcome of this game:
CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN vs BRANISLAV IVANOVIC
The Danish winger has been the best player for the London side this season and probably the only Tottenham player who would get a shot at the Blues’ starting eleven.
Deployed mostly on the left wings, Eriksen has scored 5 goals this season for the Spurs outfit, including the goal last weekend which secured their win against Toffees. His style of play includes cutting inside from the wings with a good dribbling skills which could prove tricky for Ivanovic when he lines up against Eriksen tomorrow. Apart from that, Eriksen is also a brilliant set-piece taker for Pochettino’s side, something we have to be aware off.
Given Ivanovic’s habit of joining the attack more often than not, Eriksen would have a pretty good chance of exploiting our right wing to good effect. Ivanovic and Schurrle/Willian have to be on their heels for the better part of the match to stop the Danish winger from cutting inside into dangerous spaces because once he does that, it’s very difficult to stop him from scoring goals as he has shown time and again this season. Definitely a very interesting battle to keep an eye on.
RYAN MASON vs CESC FABREGAS
Sitting at the Defensive Midfield position, Ryan Mason has been one of the bright spots of this Mauricio Pochettino’s side. The 23-year-old English Midfielder with the who scored ratings of 7.08 has been performing impressively for the Spurs and the Englishman will have the most important job of closing down Cesc Fabregas at the center of the pitch when he starts against us tomorrow.
Cesc Fabregas had a good game last weekend against Sunderland, but the Spaniard failed to provide the necessary breakthrough against the Poyet’s side. Coming up against Ryan Mason, who is known for his hard tackles, the Spaniard would have to be at his best to break down the Tottenham defense.
Tottenham would most likely look to sit back and hit us on the counter with their pacy wingers, while Ryan Mason at the heart of it, would look to break the plays at the center of the pitch and release the players for quick break-throughs.
This is going to be very interesting battle, probably one of the few which would influence the outcome of this game tomorrow. Do look out for it!
JAN VERTONGHEN vs LOIC REMY
Primarily a left back the defender can also fill in the CB spot. The Blues fan remember him as the player who gifted a goal to Samuel Eto’o last season who did his old man celebration when we thrashed Spurs 4-0. The Belgian has been performing decently for the Pochettino’s side this season though, with a who scored rating of 7.0 but, the versatile defender will have a tough task when he comes up against Loic Remy tomorrow.
In the absence of Diego Costa due to suspension, it’s the Frenchman Loic Remy who will most likely get the nod over Didier Drogba tomorrow. The former QPR man has scored 2 goals for the Blue outfit this season before getting injured. In his limited appearances, Remy has shown that he is more than capable to lead the line for the Blues attack. Although the forward has difficult shoes to fill, but if he can perform decently against the likes of Jan Vertonghen and co. it will go a long way in proving his worth as an able deputy to Diego Costa. Watch out for this battle tomorrow.
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt