Chelsea is set to host their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the second leg in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup at the Stamford Bridge. The London Blues would be eyeing to overturn the 1-0 deficit from the first leg and defeat Spurs to reach the Cup Finals.
Maurizio Sarri is coming back from his lowest point in the Premier League after his side got thrashed by the Gunners 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Chelsea fans have a lot to worry heading into this contest as their performance in the last game against Arsenal was really scratchy. They not only lost three crucial points against main rivals but also played poor football without showing any fight in the first half. This is a major concern for Sarri & Co as they have look to overcome a mental hurdle.
Sarri also looked unhappy in the post-match interview and questioned his player’s willingness and approach to the game. Chelsea’s loss has opened the gates for new contenders in the race for the top four. Football Pundits have started excluding Chelsea from the top four due to their current form. Liverpool, Manchester City, Spurs and Manchester United look the favourable four at the end of the season. The Red Devils are suddenly on the right track and broke through the top four out of nowhere. They are only three points behind from the third-placed Chelsea which has lighted up the league.
Mauricio Pochettino has been really impressive in this season and has had a decent campaign so far. His team has often suffered due to injuries to star players, otherwise, they would have been at a better place. Nevertheless, Tottenham has really come so far in the Premier League and they would e hoping to repeat the first leg performance to defeat the Blues.
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019.
Time: 1:15 AM IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
League: Carabao Cup
Live Telecast: MTV, VH1
Online Streaming: Jio TV App
Chelsea – W D W L W L
Tottenham Hotspur – L W W W L W
Gonzalo Higuain will land in Chelsea but will not feature against the Spurs.
Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the only absentee for the match as he is recovering from a knee injury.
Hazard can be seen upfront linking up with Willian and Pedro as a false number 9.
Can’t be more brutal these days. Spurs being tormented by injuries these days.
The World Cup Golden Boot winner is out due to an ankle injury.
Moussa Sissoko has also been ruled out in this match.
Dele Alli can also be sidelined in the 2nd leg at Stamford Bridge
Son Heung-Min won’t feature in this match as he is away on national duty with South Korea for the AFC Asia Cup.
Probable Playing 11
Chelsea– Arrizabalaga (GK), Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud, Hazard
Tottenham Hotspur– Lloris (GK), Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Trippier, Dier, Winks, Davies, Eriksen, Lamela, Llorente