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Mouthy Chelsea man looking to beat Spurs to show they are the top team in London
By Bruce Grove -

Cesar Azpilicueta reckons Chelsea’s match against Tottenham this weekend is the kind of game that the Blues love to win so that they can prove they are the number one team in London.

Jose Mourinho will take his table-topping Tottenham team to Stamford Bridge Sunday with hopes of remaining top of the Premier League after all the round of matches have been played this weekend.

Tottenham have started this season in fantastic form and they are currently one of the favourites for the league title.

However, Chelsea is similarly on a fine run of form and the game this weekend will bring together two of the League’s most in-form teams.

The Blues and Spurs are bitter rivals and the Spaniard recalls how his team denied Tottenham the chance to win the Premier League in 2016.

Spurs had been winning that encounter 2-0 at halftime, but Chelsea rallied in the second half and drew the game 2-2.

Speaking ahead of the game, Azpilicueta told The Telegraph: ‘It’s one of those kinds of games when you usually feel a special atmosphere at the Bridge and that game [in 2016], we were having a terrible season, we were losing 2-0 at half-time.

‘But, in the second half, the electricity around the stadium… I think something clicked that day that even though we were not playing for anything, just to not let Tottenham win the league. It was not only the game, it was the title race as well that they were involved in.

‘Every year is different and we had a very good record against them until two or three seasons ago when we lost, but, hopefully, we can keep beating them at the Bridge.

‘Since I arrived at Chelsea, I always tried to have the winning mentality of every game to finish at the top for the top trophies.

‘That includes being the top team in London and we want to be at the top because that means we are the No 1s. That’s what we fight for.

‘We are in good form and, hopefully, we can improve on last season and now reach higher levels.’

This sort of talk is what cost Arsenal last season when they got all mouthy before they came to the Tottenham Stadium, and we all know what happened then. You would think that these players would know when to keep their mouths shut, but then we are talking about one of the mouthiest teams in world football, so it is no surprise.

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Leslie Crawford
Leslie Crawford
1 month ago

A really big chance to put 5 points between us with a win,Kane,Son,Dier,Reguilon,Lloris,Sissoko all given a weeks rest,no midweek game time.

BigStew
BigStew
1 month ago

THFC ‘s premier league record v Chelsea is the worst than against any club.
Hopefully the belief & confidence José’s building within the squad continues & another tactical masterclass can get us 3 points.

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
1 month ago

I think Sunday is more a litmus test of how far we’ve really come under Jose than the Man City game. We got stuffed by Chelsea last year and I am sure that he has a learned a lot from that, so it would be nice to shove a middle finger in their faces when beating them. COYS

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  Essex Tony

arguably one of the three toughest league fixtures of the season is a litmus test? tough crowd – we aren’t favourites, no team will be going to Chelsea…maybe Liverpool? just hope we play well and hopefully get the points, but I won’t press the panic button if we lose this one

Essex Tony
Essex Tony
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

Yes, a litmus test, what’s wrong with that? Its a benchmark for how far we’ve come under Mourinho. I agree, we’re not favourites. All I want to see is us be very competitive and take the battle to them as I feel they’ve got a very weak underbelly in their defence. if we lose to them because they were better, then so be it. But I really want to see us have a go at them rather than try to contain. I don’t think that will work like it did against City.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  Essex Tony

If Jose’s tactics were to fail in a game in the 5% most difficult in the league but was say 90% successful in the other 95% of games we’d be in with a shout of winning the title…I don’t know if this is the game to judge ‘if it’s all working’.

It’ll be interesting, but I haven’t pencilled it in as the one to work out where we are at all. The opposite if anything.