The scene of the crime. Once a cozy confines where three points were guaranteed, White Hart Lane is suddenly a lot more scary. A 5-3 will do that to ya. Add in Spurs' great form, the media hype, and the actual quality that is present in their side, and this one will not be easy, to say the least.
Jose Mourinho has urged his side to fight for every point, as if we need such obvious urging. We'll need to fight for every point just to end the season in a decent position. Every game is a must win.
"We have to play every game with ambition, with determination. Every point until the end of the season can make a difference. We lost so many points already that now we have to fight for every point even more."
-Jose Mourinho; source: Mail
There's a bit of momentum and confidence in the camp lately, thanks to back-to-back wins and back-to-back clean sheets. Put together, Norwich and Maccabi probably pose less danger than half of Spurs, but a win's a win, three points are three points, confidence is confidence. Were we to keep it rolling against Spurs, the fixture list is clear for a nice long winning run into the close of the year.
Just win, baby.
Date / Time: Sunday, November 29, 2015, 12:00 GMT; 7am EST; 5:30pm IST
Venue: White Hart Lane, London, England
Referee: Michael Oliver — once young and wilting and untrustworthy, Michael Oliver is slowly improving his match-control abilities. He's already refereed 15 Chelsea matches — we've only lost 1 of those! — and he's still just 30. We last saw him sending Thibaut Courtois off in the 2-2 draw against Swansea at the start of the season.
Forecast: Heavy rain and gale force winds. Just lovely, really.
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Spurs team news: Spurs may only be fifth, five points off the pace with one game in hand, but they have only lost once all season — and that in the first match of the campaign — and have conceded just 11 goals, good for joint second-best with Arsenal. To compare, Chelsea have already conceded more (23) than those two teams combined (22).
At the other end, Harry Kane may be no Jamie Vardy, but he's still propelling and saving Spurs with crucial goals. His 8 goals are good for third best in the league and his output is ably supported by goals from midfield from the likes of Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, and Mousa Dembele. For all that you need to know to scare yourself straight about the dangers Spurs pose, be sure to read our opposition analysis.
Pochettino will be without budding England star Dele Alli due to suspension (Spurs foul more than any other team). Further thinning the midfield are (minor?) injuries to Erik Lamela, Nabil Bentaleb, and Nacer Chadli. New signing Heung-Min Son and the aforementioned Eriksen and Dembele will pose plenty of threat still.
Chelsea team news: Chelsea will be without Thibaut Courtois and Radamel Falcao, as usual. Joining them on the sidelines, most likely, will be John Terry and Ramires. Terry's absence means that we won't be able to repeat the trick from the League Cup final when we marked Christian Eriksen out of the game by playing Kurt Zouma in defensive midfield. Ramires also started that game.
Previously: And speaking of the final, let's re-live that. We all remember the 5-3, but we did win 2 out of 3 against Spurs last season.