Thomas Tuchel will be aiming to preserve his unbeaten start to life as Chelsea head coach when the Blues make the short trip across London this evening to face Tottenham Hotspur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, kick-off 8:00pm.
After playing out a goalless draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday evening, Chelsea, who won their last Premier League visit to this particular corner of north London, registered their first victory of the Tuchel-era on Sunday, defeating Burnley 2-0.
Spanish duo Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso were on target to seal Tuchel’s first three-point haul of his tenure, meaning he has taken four points from the first six available to him.
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To have taken four points and recorded two clean sheets inside less than a week of his arrival in England represents a good start for Tuchel, but tonight’s showdown with Spurs, who got the better of the Blues in a Carabao Cup tie earlier in the season, will act as the German’s toughest assignment yet.
Although Tottenham will enter this evening’s London derby having lost their last two games, Tuchel is fully aware of the challenge that lies ahead, as well as having admitted that he believes the criticism Jose Mourinho, who he has never faced in his managerial career, has recently faced is unfair.
Tuchel, addressing the media in his pre-match press conference yesterday, said: “I think it is very clear what he stands for. He builds competitive teams. He builds strong teams.
“He has now built a Tottenham squad with characters like (Moussa) Sissoko and (Pierre Emile) Hojbjerg who support the defence. They are super competitive, defensive, disciplined, hard-working guys.
“They have upfront normally Harry Kane, (Heung-min) Son, (Steven) Bergwijn, (Erik) Lamela, (Gareth) Bale. They have…