Thomas Tuchel has been a bit tired and grumpy over the past few days as Chelsea’s busy fixture list is finally getting the better of him.
But cheer TT because here come the goals – it’s Tottenham time.
There is no better pick-me-up for a retired Chelsea than a day out with his fellow North London partners.
It is an even bigger mismatch than England’s disastrous effort on Australia’s Ashes cricket tour.
Chelsea have an impeccable record in three matches so far this season, having won all of them comfortably.
Spurs are yet to put a glove on Tuchel’s side, who have scored an impressive seven goals without an answer.
The most recent double-header in the Carabao Cup semi-final was an embarrassment for Tottenham and a personal disgrace for former Stamford Bridge boss Antonio Conte.
Given the bitter circumstances he was sacked three years ago that cleared him of a compensation package of £26.6 million, the ardent Italian is not going back to make friends.
The best weapon Conte can employ in hopes of getting something out of this game is to watch Tottenham’s extraordinary comeback win against Leicester on Wednesday, then delve into the books of statistics on Chelsea’s biggest failures this season .
Stefan Bergwijn’s two injury-time goals must be right up Conte’s alley to get three points off the jaws of defeat and are Chelsea’s worst nightmare.
Despite stellar names and a team full of intimidating competitors, the Tuchel boys are tired of a hellish run of 15 games from 1 December – more than main rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
Chelsea’s Achilles heel is her inability to hang on the lead, which reminds us of the old joke that you should never let Tuchel walk your dog.
Even fewer teams have taken advantage of Chelsea’s inability to focus from a minute to 90, even from Tottenham.
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Burnley, Leeds United, Brighton, even the mighty Zenit St Petersburg pulled it off and scored late to exit a match they were losing.
West Ham – enjoying the season of their lives at the moment in the top four – capitalized better than anyone by coming from behind twice and scored a surprising late win over Chelsea on 4 December.
This proved to be the trigger for a huge drop in confidence and form, which Chelsea have not fully recovered from.
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