Chelsea v Spurs seems a mismatch and perfect pick-me-up for Blues boss Tuchel but Conte can exploit their Achilles heel

THOMAS TUCHEL has been a bit tired and grumpy these past days with Chelsea’s hectic fixture list finally getting the better of him.

But cheer up TT because here come the goals – it’s Tottenham time.

There is no better pick–me-up for overtired Chelsea than a day with their sparring partners from north London.

It's an even bigger mismatch than England’s disastrous attempt at an Ashes cricket tour of Australia.

In three matches so far this season Chelsea have an unblemished record, winning them all comfortably. 

Spurs are yet to even land a glove on Tuchel’s team which has racked up an impressive seven goals without reply.

The most recent double-header in the Carabao Cup semi final was an embarrassment for Tottenham and a personal humiliation for boss Antonio Conte, formerly of Stamford Bridge.

Given the bitter circumstances in which he was sacked three years ago then cleaned them out for a compensation package of £26.6 million, the feisty Italian is not going back to make friends.

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The best weapon Conte can employ in hope of getting something out of this game is to look back at Tottenham’s extraordinary comeback victory against Leicester on Wednesday then delve into the stats books at Chelsea’s biggest failing this season.

Stephen Bergwijn’s two injury time goals to clinch three points from the jaws of defeat should be right up Conte’s street and is Chelsea’s worst nightmare.

For despite a squad brim full of stellar names and fearsome competitors, Tuchel’s boys are tired from a hellish run of 15 games since December 1 – more than main rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.


Chelsea’s Achilles heel is their inability to hang onto a lead, reminding us of the old joke that you should never let Tuchel take your dog for a walk.

Much lesser teams than even this below par Tottenham side have exploited Chelsea’s inability to stay focused from minute one to 90.

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Burnley, Leeds United, Brighton, even the mighty Zenit St.Petersburg have pulled it off and scored late to claw something out of a match in which they were losing.

West Ham – enjoying the season of their lives at the moment in the top four – capitalised better than anyone by twice coming from behind then grabbing a stunning late win over Chelsea on December 4.

That proved the trigger for a huge drop in confidence and form, from which Chelsea from have not fully recovered.

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