Tottenham Hotspur will welcome local rivals Chelsea to Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final. The highly-anticipated fixture is a repeat of their Premier League meeting earlier in the season, where Maurizio Sarri’s side were thrashed 3-1 by Mauricio Pochettino’s spirited Tottenham.
Here are three things to look forward to as Tottenham host Chelsea.
3. Chelsea’s Lack of Confidence
On paper, Chelsea, can come off as the stronger team of the two, but the Blues’ recent performances have landed them in an awkward position. Over the last month, Sarri’s men have looked short of confidence in the final third. Alvaro Morata is still inconsistent as ever, and needs at least a few great matches to get back in shape.
The responsibility will once again be on Eden Hazard, who will need a near-perfect match to get the better of an in-form Tottenham defence.
2. Spurs Look to Repeat Premier League Exploits
Tuesday night’s clash will mark the 162nd competitive meeting between the two London clubs, with Chelsea winning 68 matches in comparison to Spurs’ 53. Despite Chelsea’s overall supremacy, it’s the Lilywhites who have a better head-to-head record over their last 10 meetings, losing only on four occasions.
Tottenham came out with convincing 3-1 wins in both of their clashes in 2018, and will fancy themselves to produce another special performance on Tuesday night.
1. A Confidence Booster
Both Tottenham and Chelsea have fared quite well in the Premier League this season, sitting third and fourth, respectively, in the league table. However, despite producing a good number of convincing performances since the start of the campaign, both London clubs seem to have lost a bit of momentum over the last few matchdays.
For Chelsea, tonight will be about settling scores, while for Tottenham, an opportunity to emerge as the most dominant side in London. Both Sarri and Pochettino are looking for the first piece of major silverware in their professional careers and a win tonight would do them a world of good heading into the second leg.