Chelsea VS Tottenham Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 23 Jan 2022
London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will square off against each other at Stamford Bridge in this weekend’s marquee Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening. From being at the top of the table at the start of December, Chelsea have quickly dropped out of the title picture as they find themselves in third place, 12 points shy of leaders Manchester City who also have a game in hand. The Blues are without a win in their previous four league matches, most recently being held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton & Hove Albion.
Thomas Tuchel has been blaming the fixture pile-up as a reason for the team’s recent decline in form. But those claims do not hold water considering the bench strength and the quality of options he has at his disposal. The German tactician must find a way to turn things around quickly, or Chelsea could end up getting dragged into the battle for the fourth spot with teams below them closing down the gap. Tottenham, on the other hand, have enjoyed a positive turnaround since Antonio Conte took over the reins. The Lilywhites are in fifth place currently, just a point behind West Ham United in fourth and have played fewer games than all their top-four rivals, which puts them in an advantageous position in the race for the Champions League spots.
Not that long ago, this game looked like a footnote to the series of three games against Spurs this month, with Chelsea in the middle of a title race and Spurs floundering away on the edges of the top-six. Now, it’s got some serious top-four implications. A win keeps us comfortably ahead, a loss not only puts Spurs into fourth, but only five points behind with four (4!) games-in-hand. The unbalanced schedules for teams over the past couple months have really hurt Chelsea — we’re the only team to have not had a single match postponed, in any competition — and those relative workloads have produced plenty of mental and physical fatigue and, as of late, low spirits in the Blues’ camp.
Tottenham have not lost any of their last nine Premier League encounters, with their latest match ending in a stunning comeback 3-2 win over Leicester City. However, Spurs did lose twice to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-finals earlier this month and were beaten by the Blues in the reverse fixture in the league as well – a trend they will be aiming to buck on Sunday.
Chelsea host Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon for the 173rd instalment of a London derby that has been ferociously contested ever since a 2-1 home win on the Fulham Road – amid ‘cup-tie fervour’ and ‘partisan shouting between the rival factions’ – 112 years ago.
Spurs have won only once in their past 31 league trips to the Bridge, and have also lost nine of their past 13 matches against a top-four side such as the third-placed Blues (they drew the other four). However, Antonio Conte’s team earned a dramatic late win at Leicester on Wednesday and are now eight points behind the third-placed Blues with four games in hand. There is nothing quite like a few days’ rest and the prospect of a hot derby on a cold day to restore tired bodies and minds. Especially as the Blues are unbeaten in 20 previous matches against seven former coaches in the Premier League era.
Chelsea have won their last four competitive encounters with Tottenham, three of which arrived this season in the form of the two legs of their League Cup semi-final and the pair’s reverse Premier League fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Blues sit two places and 8pts clear of Tottenham in the Premier League table but have played four more games than their guests, so really, this is a game that Chelsea need to win.
Chelsea: With four goals and three points from their last four Premier League matches, Tuchel’s side have spluttered into the new year, their carefully tuned 3-4-2-1 struggling to test opponents as it did with Reece James and Ben Chilwell in the side. The Chelsea manager is keen to avoid his side’s problems being perceived through the prism of Romelu Lukaku’s poor form and the issue would rather seem to be creativity rather than finishing, the 2-2 draw against Liverpool is the only league game since Boxing Day where they have registered more than one expected goal.
Tuchel gave his players two days off after the draw with Brighton on Tuesday and is hoping his players will return with “a different attitude and a different mindset.” Time will tell whether it has been effective.
Tottenham: The most dramatic late victory the Premier League has seen since Sergio Aguero won the title for Manchester City in 2012, a 3-2 win over Leicester was all the more valuable for Spurs given their tendency to wobble in the biggest moments. Antonio Conte’s winning mentality may be leaving its mark on Tottenham, winning at Stamford Bridge would only heighten that sense.
“You have to be very calm and go game by game,” said Conte. “Don’t forget that we won against Watford in the last minute, we won against Leicester in the last minute, I have to be realistic and for sure I am happy. It is a pleasure to see my team fight until the end but if you cut four points off our table and then maybe you don’t make this question to me.
Tottenham were involved in an incredible match against Leicester City on Wednesday; Conte’s side were losing 2-1 until the 95th minute of the match, when Steven Bergwijn levelled the scores, before the Netherlands international came up with a winner for the capital side in the 97th minute. The 3-2 success made it three wins in their last four Premier League matches, while Spurs are still unbeaten in England’s top flight since Conte’s arrival as head coach, with the Italian winning six and drawing three of his nine league fixtures at the helm.
Tottenham’s position in the table is even more impressive considering that they have a number of games to make up due to COVID-19-related postponements, and the North London side could end the weekend in fourth depending on what happens between Manchester United and West Ham United on Saturday. Conte will certainly know what to expect at Stamford Bridge, with the 52-year-old managing the Blues between 2016 and 2018, delivering one Premier League title and one FA Cup, and there is no question that he will be determined to get one over on his old club this weekend.
Spurs have certainly had their problems this season but securing a top-four spot would have to go down as a positive campaign, while they can still secure cup success this season, with Brighton their opponents in the next round of the FA Cup at the start of February.
The Blues fought back to claim a point in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at the start of the month but suffered a damaging 1-0 loss to Manchester City in the league last weekend before being held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex on Tuesday night. Thomas Tuchel’s side are now third in the table, 12 points behind leaders Man City, who have a game in hand, while the European Cup holders are eight points clear of fifth-placed Spurs, who have four matches in hand, so their position in the Champions League spots is far from secure.
Chelsea have already beaten Tottenham twice this month, though, recording a 2-0 victory in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge before winning the reverse match in North London 1-0. The Blues have also won their last four games against Spurs in all competitions, including a 3-0 success at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in September, while they are unbeaten against the North London club in England’s top flight since November 2018.