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Tottenham vs Chelsea Preview: Maintaining Focus

It is an undeniable fact that Chelsea have made a good start to the season with 19 points from the opening seven matches. However, the key stage in the season starts from this weekend when they face Tottenham. This match starts a run of fixtures that includes teams like Manchester United, Juventus, and Manchester City in the next month.

The presence of our former manager Andre Villas-Boas means that Tottenham will have a special interest in putting one over Chelsea.

There was a period when they were simply unbeatable at White Hart Lane, but Chelsea have not won in this fixture since 2007. This coupled with Tottenham’s good form mean that even a draw this weekend will be a good result. Perhaps wearing the new Adidas football kits will make a difference for Chelsea.

Roberto di Matteo has had two quite weeks at Cobham, but there will be intense pressure on him over the next few weeks when matches come thick and fast. He will be looking to avoid the inconsistency players have when they return from international duty.

Tottenham are unbeaten in the last matches, and they are one of the inform teams in the division. However, one of their weaknesses has been in defence and they have kept a clean sheet in just one Premier league match so far.

Further, Chelsea always conceded late goals during the reign of Andre Villas-Boas and it is once again a small issue for the North Londoners.

Roberto Di Matteo said,

“We will be very focused playing against Tottenham, a team that is in very good form. We haven’t won in the league there since 2005, it is a very long time.

“They have always been very good games, difficult games. I don’t think it is about revenge. Tomorrow we will be focused. No Chelsea players have come personally to me.”

Possible Team Line-ups:

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Lampard, Mikel, Oscar, Mata, Hazard, Torres

Tottenham (4-4-2): Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen, Lennon, Dembele, Sandro, Bale, Defoe, Dempsey