Chelsea vs Tottenham: Tactical Analysis | Preview | Form Guide | Lineup | Prediction
Chelsea hosts bitter rivals Tottenham for an ultimate showdown in Premier League on Sunday evening. Sportco provides a tactical preview for another London derby showdown at the Bridge.
The Blues were among the title contenders, but now it looks like their quest for the title is collapsing, and Chelsea’s boss Thomas Tuchel is finding a way to bring Chelsea on the right track before the time runs out.
On the other side, the Spurs are just eight points behind Chelsea having played four games less. Tottenham has worked well with new manager Antonio Conte and bore fruitful results.
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Who has the upper hand tactically?
Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel are two of the most decorated managers in Europe. Their tactics are a testament to these statements, who possess a brilliant quality as a manager. Both will face each other once again, and who will return home with three points? Let’s have a look.
Similar Formation - Different Style of Play
Both the managers set their respective sides up in a 3-5-2 formation but play two different styles of football. Conte expects his players to be comfortable on the ball, forcing opponents to be in unnatural positions.
This will invite Tuchel’s men to press relentlessly until they get the ball back; Chelsea will try to break up Tottenham’s gameplay by pressing high up the pitch. This is where Conte wants his players to soak up the pressure and hit their opposition with a lethal counter-attack.
But Tuchel’s men make inverted runs in wide areas that could be difficult for Conte’s full-backs to counter, as Conte uses attacking full-backs who plays high-up the pitch majority of the game.
Once they start pressing invertedly, the space will open from the center. Chelsea’s midfielder Jorginho and Kante will nullify Spurs’ midfield leading to more spaces for Chelsea.
Their way through Tottenham’s box will become more accessible, with Lukaku physically strong and Mount creativity will help Chelsea score goals.
Antonio Conte will have to be tactically correct to breach to Tuchel’s tactics. The Italian manager prefers his teams to soak up the pressure and don’t get stressed to counter their mistakes.
But Chelsea’s pressing is so high that Conte’s players will only get limited possession to make the most out of it. Only a few teams can match Chelsea’s intensity.
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Form Guide
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Predicted XI
Chelsea XI (3-4-2-1) Kepa; Sarr, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Werner
Tottenham Hotspur XI (3-5-2) Lloris; Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Skipp, Winks, Hojbjerg, Reguilon; Kane, Lucas
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Prediction
Chelsea are a formidable force, and Tottenham are in their rebuilding phase; in previous matches, how easily the Blues dispatched Tottenham. But Spurs’ 3-2 win over Leicester could be a confidence booster.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham