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Tottenham vs Chelsea 2013: Team news and Predicted Line-ups

After having a fully fit squad for most of the season so far, Jose Mourinho is likely to be without a key midfielder for the visit to Tottenham. Brazilian midfielder Ramires had to be taken off because of a hip injury, and it seems that he has not recovered sufficiently in time for this match. Mourinho has said that Ramires has been included in the squad, but his participation is doubtful.

Speaking to Chelsea’s official site, Mourinho said,

Ramires is selected for the squad tomorrow because I hope he can play, but the recovery process is going slowly, he didn’t train with the team. We are doing everything for him to play.

This is a major blow because Ramires has been one of the ever present in Chelsea’s midfield this season. Mourinho, though, has an incredible squad at his disposal and he is unlikely to face any trouble replacing him.

Chelsea predicted line-up:

Tottenham vs Chelsea 2013 Chelsea predicted line-up

John obi Mikel is a very good defensive midfielder, but Michael Essien offers much more. He can be used as an attacker if any to chase began without making a substitution. Essien looked brilliant against Swindon, and as a huge fan of the ‘Bison’, it would be great to see him back in the Premier League as well.

Mata could return to Chelsea starting line-up after Mourinho’s latest comments about the Spaniard.

Tottenham predicted line-up:

Tottenham vs Chelsea 2013 Tottenham predicted line-up

The starting line-up has very little weaknesses and it is a very offensive one. Paulinho may start as the defensive midfielder, but as he showed against Cardiff last weekend, he is capable of scoring goals as well. Thinking very hard, one may say that Danny Rose is a weak link given his lack of experience.

What’s your Chelsea starting XI?


  1. Alubarika from Oyo, Oyo state

    I really appreciate d way but u can use mikel and schur instead essien and mata

  2. Realy,Essien is a gud player but still,we also nid mikel nd also willian on d field..But my bliv is dat spurs go cry in dere house 2moro…UP BLUES!!!

  3. we need mikel more than essien

  4. Will need willian

  5. Prince adesuyi temmy

    Chelsea is a good team

  6. I’d say eto starting tbh every else looks right haha

  7. We need mikel nd pls help us play mata 10 dan dat left wing pls mou.

  8. I realy impressed on the squad

  9. Makinde semiu babatunde

    I love chelsea

  10. Pls mou we nid Mata nd mikel, up blues

  11. Am sure with dat chelsea is goin 2 win but we need mikel instead of essein

  12. Hi, I’m just checking on what all the above are saying? Could anyone translate? Perhaps then I can join the debate.

  13. Chelsea ll beat them 2.. 0

  14. God one 4m chelse

  15. Nope. I’m still on the sidelines here ..just itching to get on and play.
    Might just ask for a transfer.

  16. We need mikel & essien in that defensive midfield position.lampard should be on the bench please.

  17. Ezekiel frm ABUESI

    Am very happi for squad,why people say Mou should play mikel and essien?Is mikel a player?.Playing 185 EPL with one goal and u Mou to use him,YAWAA PLAYER.

  18. Datz a gud one 4 chelsea but always play mikel,cos is d best man 4 chelsea (dm)………….mou

  19. Willian we all nid ooooooooooooooo. up chelsea!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Godswill from cross river

    We need willian and eto for d startup i hope to see chelsea winning spurs tomorrow

  21. Mata should start against spurs pls mou

  22. Pls chelsea players i want u pple 2 make me proud tday.

  23. Chelsea must win 2dae.

  24. I stil reckon,oscar wil stil play the number 10,he is more complete than mata.mourihno dont gamble essien selection.like to see him as a sub

  25. de starting 11. is really good, I think luiz will join de team by playing defensive midfield….may changing Mata or lampard….willian will join by changing may be hazard , den Eto go cum…essien is Gud Dan mikel u all no…..I luv Chelsea….

  26. I will lov mou 2 try the MAZARCA 4 d 3offensive midfield….up chelsea

  27. olayiwola damola from lagos

    up chelsea up mikel

  28. chelsea is win 2day 3-2 tottenham