Spurs and The Blues are the only remaining title contenders in the Premier League race. Mauricio Pochettino’s men managed to narrow the gap to just 4 points by demolishing Bournemouth, as Chelsea lost to Manchester United at Old Trafford, thus suffering the second negative result in 3 matches.
Now, all attention turns to the FA Cup, where these two teams will clash to reach the final.
The biggest doubt for Saturday’s match against Tottenham is Chelsea’s number 1 shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian keeper reportedly injured his ankle during a commercial shoot for the NBA and was left out of the match against Manchester United.Wing-back Marcos Alonso was also pulled off due to illness, but is expected to recover in time for the FA Cup tie.
David Luiz is still in ongoing treatment for knee injury, however the Brazilian defender is expected to be in the starting line-up.
The Blues have no suspensions, and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has had very few headaches regarding on-pitch discipline, as John Terry was the only player to be sent off in the competition this season.
Spurs’ striker Harry Kane has recovered from the ankle injury he sustained while playing against Millwall in the quarter-final. Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that left-back Dany Rose will also miss out on Saturday’s clash, however the Englishman may recover in time to face Arsenal in the Premier League which can turn out to be a decisive match in the race for the Premier League title. Hary Winks is out for the season, alongside Erik Lamela who missed a big part of the season with a hip injury.
Spurs coach gives a lot of importance for the game against Chelsea and describes the upcoming match as a “final”.
“Saturday’s game is a final….if you don’t win, you go home. For us it’s a final and we must show that from the first moment of the game.”, said Pochettino during the pre-match press conference.
Antonio Conte will stick to his beloved 3-4-3 formation which was very successful this season.
Tottenham is likely to mirror the 3-4-3 formation. The last time the two teams played Tottenham managed to control the Blues and emerged victorious by scoring two goals and conceding none.
The last meeting between Chelsea and Tottenham in the FA Cup was back in the 2012 semi-final. The Blues won 5-1 and went on to win the competition.