Antonio Conte returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his sacking, and he brings a very decent Tottenham Hotspur side with him who will certainly pose a serious challenge to our quest to reach the League Cup final. We will do this again next week, at their place — though no away goals in this two-legged silliness.
Of course that’s assuming the pandemic doesn’t strike hard again. With rumors of two new COVID cases at Chelsea — UPDATE: confirmed as Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kanté — plus the other League Cup semifinal first leg between Liverpool and Arsenal already postponed two weeks, that remains a constant worry.
Here we go!
Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3):
Arrizabalaga | Alonso, Sarr, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta (c) | Saúl, Jorginho, Mount | Havertz, Lukaku, Ziyech
Substitutes from: Bettinelli, Hall, Barkley, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Vale, Werner
Spurs starting lineup (3-4-3):
Lloris (c) | Davies, Sanchez, Tanganga | Doherty, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Tanganga | Son, Kane, Lucas
Substitutes from: Gollini, Austin, Rodon, Reguilon, Winks, Dele, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Bryan
Date / Time: Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 19.45 GMT; 2:45pm EST; 1:15am IST (next day)
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Craig Pawson (on pitch); Jared Gillett (VAR)
On TV: Sky Sports Main Event (UK); none (USA); MTV India (India); SuperSport MaXimo 1 (NGA); elsewhere
Streaming: Sky Go (UK); ESPN+ (USA); JioTV, Voot (India); DStv Now (NGA)
Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!