EPL: Tottenham, Chelsea Set For Wembley Derby Clash
A feisty contest is expected at Wembley on Saturday as London rivals, Tottenham Hotspurs and Chelsea faceoff in what should pass for the star fixture in the Premier League this weekend.
Expectations would be high going into Saturday's derby clash with the form the opposing teams have exhibited so far this season.
Before the international break, Spurs edged past Crystal Palace in a 1-0 win thanks to a first goal for the club from Juan Foyth.
Meanwhile, Sarri became the first manager not to lose his opening 12 games in the Premier League as his side were frustrated in a 0-0 draw against Everton at Stamford Bridge.
When the two teams met in this fixture last year, Marcos Alonso was the hero for Chelsea that day, scoring twice, including a sensational free-kick in a 2-1 win.
However, Spurs got their revenge in April 2018, when a Dele Alli double secured a 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge – their first in 28 years.
See what the managers are saying ahead of the London Derby..
Mauricio Pochettino (Spurs):
“This season, they are competing in the Europa League and it’s completely different for Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool or us because we’re competing in the Champions League. It’s a completely different competition.”
“It’s Chelsea, who have one point over us. Always when you play this type of game it’s so important and it means a lot for everyone.
“We need to be calm and relaxed now and make sure we arrive in the best way, being competitive and then perform in the best way to try to win.”
Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea)
“We have to work very hard just to try to recover the gap, but at the moment the gap is still there.
“We have to do it. We can recover, but I don’t think in the first season we will be able to recover 30 points (distance Chelsea finished behind City last season).
“In the Premier League, there is a team above the others. This team is Manchester City.
“Then there is a very good team, Liverpool. For sure Liverpool will be in the first four positions.
“Then there is four, five teams who will have to fight for the Champions League positions: Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, (Manchester) United and somebody else. Usually there is a surprise.”
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