It’s the second week of fixtures in the Premier League and we’re already being treated to a tasty London derby! This Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Antonio Conte’s former club, Chelsea.
Thomas Tuchel’s men kicked off their campaign away to Everton. The final score of 1-0 to Chelsea mightn’t reflect it, but this was a comfortable afternoon for the London side.
Typical of the way Tuchel has his side playing, a surging run from wingback, Ben Chilwell, saw him brought down in the penalty area. And typical of Jorginho’s prowess from the penalty spot, the Italian coolly slotted past Jordan Pickford.
Spurs also got their season off to a flyer with a 4-1 win over Southampton. Undoubtedly, Conte would have been disappointed to see James Ward-Prowse open the scoring. But the demanding manager will have been impressed with the way his side responded.
Similarly to Tuchel, Conte expects his wingbacks to be a focal point in attack. Spurs’ equaliser gave us an idea of what we might expect this season. Dejan Kulusevski whipped in a cracking ball that was headed home by the onrushing Sessegnon.
10 minutes later, Dier added a second, an own goal made it 3, and a Kulusevski goal rounded off a brilliant individual display. Four goals without Son or Kane on the scoresheet, Spurs could be a real threat to any top side this year.
Wingbacks to Win It?
As we saw last weekend, the wingbacks of each club bomb forward and get involved in goals. Testament to this style of play, Conte and Tuchel have invested this transfer window to reinforce that position. Spurs have added Djed Spence and Perišić to their squad whilst Chelsea spent big on Marc Cucurella.
JD Predicts… A Spurs Win
It took a penalty for Chelsea to break the deadlock against a side that was in a relegation battle last season. With no out-and-out striker, they could struggle to create chances against a side with better defensive capabilities.
Conte’s side looked fluid in attack, using the width of the pitch to devastating effect. Kane and Son are yet to combine, but we fancy that chemistry to spark this Sunday in a 2-1 win. How do you think it’s gonna’ go?
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JD Football | November 21, 2023