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Cahill, Courtois confident of record-setting victory against Spurs

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Two hours to go to what has slowly become a most hyped, most anticipated, most important clash despite Chelsea guaranteed to be, at worst, five points clear of everyone else at the end of 20 rounds of Premier League play this season.

That’s the pressure that comes with the ‘title favorites’ tag.

And then there’s the small matter of trying to set a new Premier League record for consecutive matches won within a single season.

"For sure I want to achieve records. We have achieved the Chelsea one and that is something we should be proud of in itself, and we have the chance to go on and achieve the league record, and every player wants to be part of records. I am not shy about saying that, but at the same time it is not something we speak about in the week."

"We just have to focus on the job we are doing. We are getting this run and this success at the moment from hard work and everyone chipping in with their part in the game. That is the mentality we should have, that should not change."

To say that Chelsea are confident would be stating the obvious, and we’ve got just the man for that job.

"There is no reason why we as a squad and the manager and the staff should not feel confident going into the game. We are on a terrific run but we realise it is a game everyone is going to be speaking about, nothing changes there."

"It is a big game, we know what it is about, we have played in them before and we are looking for the same mentality. It is not because it is Tottenham that anything is going to change in our preparation, or the way we go about things."

"It is exactly the same and we expect the same from each player come kick-off time, and we will be okay."

-Gary Cahill; source: Chelsea FC

Courtois is also confident, though in a slightly more reserved way. That’s Thibaut for you, always the realistic one.

“It is going very well and we are very happy with the points. But let's not talk too soon. Let's keep working and then see where we stand in February. But I think if we keep our concentration on ourselves and what we need to do then we can keep the run going."

-Thibaut Courtois; source: Times of India via FourFourTwo

Two hours to go.