Welcome to the Matchday five as Chelsea will be facing Tottenham in the London Derby encounter at the Stamford Bridge. What it should be a fiesty clash.
Both sides come into the fixture with contrasting results from their last two matches. The Blues comfortably took out Aston Villa 3-0 in their last domestic tie before pipping Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League.
Tottenham on the other hand, lost scandalously 3-0 to Crystal Palace in the league and could only manage a 2-2 draw away to French Ligue 1 side Rennes in the UEFA Conference League.
Chelsea are prime favourites to clinch this one on paper, based on their impressive start to the campaign as they are yet to taste defeat thus far. But it must be said that this is a derby where form is thrown out of the window and it is the team who wants it more, that ends up getting all three points.
Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea (5-4 pens): Spurs through to Carabao Cup quarter-finals on penalties after late equaliser.
Ahead of the fixture this weekend, Chelsea needs to do the following in order to emerge winners on the day.
The Blues have one of the most stacked attacks in European football. They currently boast of having more than six forwards who all have significantly different profiles.
From the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Romelu Lukaku, they have what it takes to put any opponent to the sword. However, Chelsea’s attack must find the fluidity and the incisiveness in the final third.
Chelsea Manager, Tuchel has to pick two midfielders from Matteo Kovacic, Jorginho and new signing Saul Niguez. Kovacic and Jorginho played the match against Zenit St Petersburg and the second half against Aston Villa last weekend and could most likely be called upon.
Saul’s debut against Aston Villa is proof that he needs more time to adapt to the league and it would be a huge risk to start Saul against Spurs as Chelsea cannot afford mistakes against players like Harry Kane.
Lukaku has shown that he doesn’t need too many touches to score a goal and could fancy his chances against Spurs lightweight defence.
However, supplies from the wingers must be constant and steady if the Belgian is to feast on the opposition. Also, the defenders must do their own job to keep out the attacking threat posed by the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura.