Chelsea have lost just two games all season, and only one of those in regulation. The other came in a penalty shootout in the fourth round of the League Cup against Spurs, against whom we now have a chance to exact revenge at the Bridge on Sunday. More importantly, the game will be a chance to notch a massive victory against one of our biggest rivals, and one that could have early-season title implications, even.
Not that any game against Spurs needs any more window dressing, but given that it’s Mourinho and that they’re currently top of the league, a Chelsea victory’s almost imperative. Fortunately, all players are well aware of the magnitude of the occasion, as True Blue Callum Hudson-Odoi recently told eager reporters.
“They know it is a big game. Every time Chelsea play Tottenham, everybody knows how big of a game it is.
“We want to win every game that we play against them. The new boys already know that it is going to be a massive game, it is going to be a tough one as well but we want to go out there and get the three points and hopefully we will be smiling at the weekend.
“It is a big derby, we want to beat them. It is a massive game. We are going to go in there confident. We have to make sure we recover well after Tuesday and hopefully get the three points.”
-Callum Hudson-Odoi; source: Evening Standard
It may be just the 10th game of a 38-game season, but 10th games of 38-game seasons don’t come much bigger than this. It’s third versus first, the league’s best attack against the league’s best defense, and even without fans, it’s going to be a massive occasion indeed.