Chelsea's Champions League Chances Depend On Same Old Spurs Story

Should Tottenham reach that enviable position, it would no doubt feel particularly sweet to do so in this fixture - against Chelsea, who have caused them so much heartache in the past; away against a top-six rival; and at Stamford Bridge of all grounds.

Chelsea are no different, and despite still having all to play for in the league - starting with tomorrows massive game against Spurs, they are starting to target the players that they want. Antonio Conte's men already trail fourth-placed Spurs by five points. Injury problems have hindered his progress this season and the Belgian has made only ten appearances in the Premier League this season.

Like every other game, Eden Hazard will be the main man for Chelsea in the offensive department. Although they start as favourites here, they'll probably have to win this one tactically rather than through genuinely outplaying Spurs.

With only eight games left to play for, City will be looking to make the most out of the next few games to close out the title before the season is over and focus all their resources for Champions League quarterfinal against Liverpool. Prior to the worldwide break, the Blues also confirmed their spot in FA Cup last-four with an extra-time win over Leicester City.

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That could well be Tottenham's route to goal again, because Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses sometimes struggle to cope with aerial balls played from the opposite flank.

Although Davinson Sánchez - another former Ajax player - has joined Mauricio Pochettino's ranks this season, and defensive prodigy Juan Foyth, the pair remain an nearly immovable defensive object.

The writing was at the wall in a loan spell with lowly Sunderland, the Spaniard helping propel the North-East team to the 2014 Capital One Cup final and the "Great Escape" from relegation under Gus Poyet.

In 2015, Chelsea overcame Spurs in the League Cup final.

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With enough of an engine to push forward in attack and recover well enough to defend, Alonso is a real asset for a manager playing a wing-back system.

The blues have not done a league double over Tottenham since the 2005/06 season.

"I need to pick the players that I believe are the best players to win against Chelsea and then against Stoke".

"I need to pick two centre-backs and, if you are happy, you keep the couple of players and he needs to wait".

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