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Match Threads Spurs vs Chelsea - Match Thread - Day 21

Match Prediction

  • Spurs to Win

    Votes: 45 19.1%
  • Spurs to Lose

    Votes: 171 72.8%
  • Score Draw (After us leading)

    Votes: 10 4.3%
  • Score Draw (Us coming from behind)

    Votes: 6 2.6%
  • Goalless

    Votes: 3 1.3%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .


The Reasonable Advocate
Match Thread Admin
Oct 17, 2006

Spurs: Lloris (c), Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele (Lamela), Bergwijn (Lucas), Son, Vinicius.
Subs: Hart, Doherty, Rodon, Sanchez, Tanganga, Winks, Bale.


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Three changes from Sunday's defeat at Brighton, with Aurier, Dier and Vinicius coming in for Sanchez, Rodon and Bale. It's a first Premier League start for striker Vinicius.


REFEREE: ------------ Andre Mariner ???????
TEAM FORM: ------- Spurs - DWWLL ------- Chelsea - WLWDW
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Jose and Thomas Tuchel face off in the dugout for the first time ever as we welcome Chelsea to North London for a tantalising capital derby on Thursday evening. Both of us have been in the title conversation during the 2020-21 campaign, but we both are now seemingly focused on our top four prospects rather than an audacious bid for Premier League glory. Hardly anything can separate us in the table ahead of this London derby, with us at the moment at 7th with a game in hand and Chelsea at 8th where we both have 33 points.
Losing the indispensable Kane to injury would hamper almost any team on the planet right now, but even the most impassioned of us Tottenham supporters could hardly have imagined ourr side being nullified by a Brighton & Hove Albion team fighting to avoid the drop. However, we have witnessed back-to-back Premier League defeats for the second time in the space of two months as Leandro Trossard bagged bagged the all-important winner for the Seagulls in a 1-0 - a result which overjoyed Graham Potter and left us ruing the absence of Kane. The England captain had been forced off with injuries to both ankles during our 1-3 defeat to Liverpool on January 28, and while there is never any shame in losing to the reigning champions, our best opportunity to overcome Klopps’s s side - who ended a five-game winless run in the top flight with that victory - may have passed us by. But obviously the pain has been lessened in the fact that Brighton has done to them Liverpool what they did to us, especially as it was done at Anfield.
In my opinion which is shared by others, a Dominant FA Cup victories over Marine and Wycombe Wanderers since the turn of the year have done little more than paper over the cracks for us, and while we also have an EFL Cup final with Manchester City to look forward to in April, we are at risk of being blown away by our unless a major turnaround in fortunes takes place. It is not all doom and gloom for us though, as a top-four spot is still very much up for grabs - with Leicester City currently nine points clear - and we have two games in hand over all the teams above us except the Leaders Man City where we have only one game in hand. With sixth placed Everton beating Leeds, a crucial win for us here would see us rise above them.
On an individual level, Mourinho could set a couple of unwanted records with a less-than-satisfactory result this week. Jose has never lost successive home matches in the Premier League, and having failed to come up trumps against Chelsea in his last six attempts, he could match his longest ever winless run against an opponent - seven versus Barcelona between April 2011 and January 2012. Despite failing to keep a clean sheet in any of our last five matches across all competitions, only Man City (13) and Arsenal (22) have shipped fewer top-flight goals than us (21) this term, but with only two wins from our previous nine in the Premier League, we must find an effective solution to Kane's absence, and fast. Kane is reportedly hopeful that he can return to action in time to face leaders Man City on February 13, but with our talismanic striker still in the infirmary at this moment, we would do well to become the first team to breach Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea defence.
On a day where his former side Paris Saint-Germain lost for the first time under Poch, Tuchel claimed his first victory in the Chelsea dugout as a professional performance helped see off a dogged Burnley at Stamford Bridge. With the Blues' attacking contingent flattering to deceive this term, the goals came from unlikely sources in Azpilicueta and Alonso, as the former hammered home in the first half before his compatriot - who previously did not appear to have a future at Chelsea - wrapped up the win with a delightful volley in the second 45. During the Lampard era, Reece James and Ben Chilwell were often two of the first names on the teamsheet, but the up-and-coming Englishmen certainly have their work cut out for them if they are to displace old boys Azpilicueta and Alonso, who immediately repaid the faith shown in them by the charismatic Tuchel. A goalless stalemate with a below-par Wolverhampton Wanderers side was hardly the best way to kick off a career in the unforgiving Stamford Bridge hotseat, but having guided Chelsea to their first victory since taking over, Tuchel will not even take one glance over his shoulder as the race for a top-four finish gathers pace. However, the true test of character begins now for Tuchel, as he gears up for his first away outing with Chelsea, who lost four of their last five on the road under Lampard before the club legend was controversially sacked. As is the case with us, Chelsea have already secured nine wins and played out six draws in the 2020-21 Premier League campaign, but an added defeat as well as an inferior goal difference means that they sit behind their us ahead of this game, and the chasing pack are not too far behind either. Everton are currently three points ahead of both of us, while Villa and Arsenal are only one and two behind us respectively, so whichever team fails to take maximum points from this encounter could find themselves drifting ever closer towards the bottom half, and a draw would hardly be the best result for both managers either.
While the records show that Mourinho’s season is not one to boast about, Tuchel could become the first Chelsea boss since 2004 to keep clean sheets in his first three matches in charge - a feat which was last achieved by the ever-controversial Mourinho. The first meeting between these two sides in the 2020-21 top-flight campaign did not live up to the hype as it finished goalless at Stamford Bridge, but we have already overcome the Blues on penalties in the EFL Cup this term.
As mentioned, Kane will be sidelined for another couple of weeks with the ankle problems he sustained against Liverpool, and Dele also remains on the sidelines with a tendon injury. However, whether or not Alli would have been in contention for a start if fully fit is another question entirely, but he will certainly hope to get more of a look-in after links with Paris Saint-Germain in the January window ended up going nowhere. The rejuvenated Ndombele was forced off through injury against Brighton and is therefore doubtful heading into this one, while Reguilon and Lo Celso are definitely out. Aurier allegedly stormed out of the stadium after being substituted at half time in the defeat to Liverpool, and with his involvement in this game uncertain, Doherty - who has previously thrived as a wing-back with Wolverhampton Wanderers - could return to the fold. Bale’s performance against Brighton came under scrutiny as he was hauled off just after the hour mark, and it would not be a surprise to see Mourinho place his faith in Vinicius for this mouthwatering battle as he seems to be running out of credible options..
In complete contrast, Chelsea - aside from very minor concerns over Zivech’s fitness fitness - are well-stocked for the first derby of the Tuchel era, although Zouma and Havertz have recently emerged as injury doubts too. The German explained that Ziyech's absence at the weekend was simply down to him needing a rest, so he should be fine for this encounter, while Kante has also fully recovered from a hamstring problem and could earn a start in midfield. Tuchel is spoiled for choice at the moment but is expected to keep faith in the majority of the team that dispatched Burnley at the weekend, meaning back-to-back starts out wide for Alonso and Hudosn-Odoi. Pulisic will hope to earn a start after coming off the bench to assist Alonso's spectacular second last time out, but Havertz will likely have to make do with a place among the substitutes once more if he is passed fit.
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The Reasonable Advocate
Match Thread Admin
Oct 17, 2006
Do not know what to say to be honest. I suppose if we win it might give me some sort of uplift, but not very confident where we are concerned, regardless of who the opposition is.


Well-Known Member
Aug 10, 2018
I think we will win 5 2... We will destroy them. The fuckers.

I'm hopeful the last two games have been an eye opener for our players and for Jose.

doctor stefan Freud

the tired tread of sad biology
Sep 2, 2013
I think this’ll be the first Valentine’s Day death knell for Mourinho. Chelsea will have new manager bounce, while we seem demoralised and dishevelled. I don’t say this with any joy either, I’d just be surprised if it’s anything than a loss


Well-Known Member
Jun 26, 2012
Fuck it I will go all optimistic on this one and say this is the catalyst that turns our season around.

Everyone has had a slump and ours was the last few games. It's time to pick it the fuck up again. Which includes some of us fans.

Let's get rid of our losers mentality and accept that we will have ups and downs just like every other team.

Time to get back on track.



Well-Known Member
Jan 29, 2018
Another important game without our main man. We will need all of our boys to bring their level up a notch to get 3 points.

Through the good and the bad, the ups and downs... COYS

and fuck Chelsea


Well-Known Member
Jun 9, 2012
If tonight's performance is anything like the last, then we'll have a fair idea of whether or not Mourinho has lost the dressing room or not.


Well-Known Member
Dec 30, 2019
How has it come to this? Other result have gone strange so maybe its just closed stadiums and silly nights to play. Tonight would be difficult at the best of times. We can only hope for a spirited perfomance.


Gatekeeper for debates, King of the plonkers
Jan 27, 2011
We will lose tonight. I really think its time for all eggs in the Europa league basket!


Well-Known Member
Nov 20, 2006
I live in hope that Jose comes out on the attack with the team playing on the front foot for the majority of the game...but in reality it may be another tough watch


Well-Known Member
Aug 13, 2012
Is it confirmed that Ndomb is out our you guys are just guessing? I didn't see anything official...

homer hotspur

Well-Known Member
Dec 7, 2014
I think we have an outside chance of a goalless draw if we play 5 at the back , employ a low block and hope their attacking players have an off day. Bring on extra defenders last 5 minutes as big Sam will have them launching balls into our box.
Not the West Brom thread ? Chelsea you say? Oh crap .


Well-Known Member
Aug 13, 2005
We will lose tonight. I really think its time for all eggs in the Europa league basket!

I agree and I think we’ll be lucky to get nil. There is literally no way I see us winning this. Even getting a draw would be something to work with.

Seafordian Spurs

Well-Known Member
Aug 20, 2013
Is it confirmed that Ndomb is out our you guys are just guessing? I didn't see anything official...

Jose confirmed yesterday he is fit to play.

Not scared of Chelsea these days especially with Tuchel at the helm. They have excellent players of course but what the fuck have we got to lose given the shit show of late? For some reason I think we're going to step up.

But we could well concede from a Dier Davis brain fart after three minutes and that'll be that.