Chelsea are guests for Tottenham in the second leg of the 2021/22 Carabao Cup semifinal, Thursday (13/1/2022) early morning WIB. The Blues have a pretty good chance in this match at Tottenham Hptspur Stadium.
In the first leg at Stamford Bridge, Tottenham lost 0-2 to Chelsea. Kai Havertz scored one goal for Thomas Tuchel’s side, and Ben Davies scored an own goal.
After the first leg duel, Tottenham and Chelsea both went down in the FA Cup. They both won. Tottenham beat Morecambe 3-1, while Chelsea beat Chesterfield 5-1.
Chelsea will qualify for the final if they lose by one goal difference or draw. However, there are five reasons why the Blues have a chance to win in this duel against Tottenham. Anything? Check it out below, Bolanetters :
Tuchel’s slick record
Tuchel seemed to guarantee Chelsea that they would not lose against Tottenham. Because, since officially becoming manager, Tuchel’s Chelsea concoction has never lost to Tottenham in four meetings.
Tuchel won three wins and a draw against Tottenham. Below are the results Chelsea got with Tuchel against Tottenham:
06-01-2022 Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham (EFL Cup)
19-09-2021 Tottenham 0-3 Chelsea (EPL)
05-08-2021 Chelsea 2 – 2 Tottenham (
Trying ) 05-02-2021 Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea (EPL)
Good luck Kepa
Edouard Mendy is confirmed to be absent because he is currently on duty with the Senegal national team at the Africa Cup of Nations. Kepa will be in goal when Chelsea meet Tottenham.
Kepa may not be the first choice, but he will give other Chelsea players a sense of security. Kepa has repeatedly shown impressive action when appearing in Carabao Cup and FA Cup matches.
Not Romelu Lukaku, not Timo Werner, and not Hakim Ziyech. Tottenham should be wary of Saul Niguez’s action in the duel against Chelsea later.
Saul began to adapt and get his best playing level. Saul has not played regularly, but now he is much better than at the start of last season. Saul is a good option in midfield.
N’Golo Kante’s condition is not fit enough and is predicted not to enter the starting XI. Well, Saul is very likely to be played and ready to make it difficult for the Tottenham midfielder.
Tottenham without Son Heung-min
Tottenham are showing great potential under Antonio Conte’s control. The 3-4-3 formation and Conte’s style of play began to be absorbed by the players well. They can surprise Chelsea.
However, there was one factor that might make the mission of reversing the situation difficult. Son Heung-min will be out due to injury. By far, he is the sharpest player at the club.
There are Giovanni Lo Celso and Steven Bergwijn who can replace Son Heung-min. However, their contribution has not been massive enough throughout the 2021/2022 season.
Chelsea’s performance has not been consistent enough in the first half of the 2021/2022 season. However, now Tuchel can focus more on bringing his team to look as impressive as in the second half of last season.
The problem with Lukaku is solved. One by one the injured players began to recover. Meanwhile, there are no rumors or big things in the transfer market that should shake up the Chelsea dressing room.
“We are relaxed. I am very relaxed. I am satisfied with these players. When we come back to have our best squad, I am a happy coach,” said Tuchel.