Forward of the blockbuster London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham on Tremendous Sunday, Sky Sports activities pundit Jamie Redknapp joined the Important Soccer podcast to clarify Spurs’ transformation beneath Antonio Conte and the transfers which might set the Blues heading in the right direction for a top-four end…
‘It is a completely different Tottenham’
Tottenham have had some horrible outcomes at Chelsea and the historical past of the fixture has not at all times been variety to Tottenham, nevertheless it does really feel that it is a completely different Tottenham Hotspur proper now.
The supervisor Antonio Conte has finished an excellent job, he is instilled that can to win, drive, need, and the gamers are working via brick partitions for him. That hasn’t at all times been the case with earlier managers they usually look extremely robust.
The gamers they’ve signed, they don’t seem to be typical signings for Tottenham as a result of they’re able to win proper now and usually Tottenham purchase for the longer term. However they have been very intelligent and assured in what they’ve finished. I like how they’ve finished it.
That is their first full pre-season with Conte and I’ve spoken with a few the gamers and it has been a little bit of an eye fixed opener, however they really feel stronger than ever. I would not wish to say they may go for the title simply but, however they’re going to actually go shut and I would be amazed if they do not get a trophy.
This appears like every part is prepared for Conte to get that trophy the followers have been eager for so lengthy.
They’re in the perfect form they have been in for an awfully very long time. That is credit score to Conte and in addition to chairman Daniel Levy for giving him what he needs.
‘Fofana, De Jong and Aubameyang assure prime 4 for Chelsea’
Chelsea have taken fairly a little bit of stick, however Kalidou Koulibaly has been an excellent signing, they’re making an attempt to get Wesley Fofana and I would not be shocked in the event that they get him. They spent massive cash on Marc Cucurella – an excessive amount of for my part however he is nonetheless a very, actually good participant.
Raheem Sterling in any market is an excellent signing. They miss a No 9 however there’s speak about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coming in and Frenkie de Jong – who they’re serious about signing from Barcelona – is among the greatest midfield gamers on the planet.
In the event that they get Fofana, Aubameyang and De Jong, they’re guaranteeing Champions League soccer with that.
I am an enormous fan of De Jong. I really feel sorry for him in a means as a result of he is in limbo. It appears like he needs to return to London and is not too eager on going to Manchester. Whoever will get him, he is a recreation changer for them. Chelsea actually have issues in that space – Jorginho just isn’t long-term when it comes to his physicality.
He is finished brilliantly and been a tremendous participant for Chelsea, Champions League winner and for Italy successful the European Championships, however De Jong offers them a special dimension with tempo and energy, enjoying on the base of midfield, giving N’Golo Kante license to go and do what he needs.
He’d be a tremendous signing and an actual assertion of intent if they may beat Man Utd to that one.
As for Aubameyang, he was such a disappointment at Arsenal in direction of the top. He did OK at Barcelona however they’re clearly eager to dump him once more. As a stop-gap for a yr, it most likely would not be the worst signing.
I used to be fairly crucial of him final yr. I did not suppose he put the trouble in for Arsenal. It appeared like he wasn’t the identical participant. However for one season… it is not one that may encourage me, however he would include a little bit of some extent to show.
Spurs have a horrible file at Stamford Bridge – however I feel they’re going to win on Sunday
That is the perfect form Spurs have been in for a very long time, however should you consider the actually good groups they’ve had, Mauricio Pochettino’s group, my dad’s group once they had Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, that file [one win in their last 37 trips to Stamford Bridge in all competitions] is fairly unimaginable.
The best way they’re enjoying and the best way Chelsea performed at Everton, Spurs most likely fancy going there and getting three factors. Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane did not rating on the weekend and can desire a piece of the motion, Dejan Kulusevski has been a very good signing…
Spurs are rather well outfitted, aggressive and hungry and able to have a proper go this yr. I truly suppose Tottenham will go there and get three factors. I feel Tottenham are the one to look at this season. The supervisor has the gamers in he needs and they will be an actual power this season make no mistake.
We have set this recreation up previously with Kane and Son and ensuring they’ll hit them on the counter-attack, but when Chelsea play similar again three as they did on Saturday – Cesar Azpilicueta, Koulibaly, Thiago Silva – they don’t seem to be going to play excessive up the pitch and go away house in behind. They are going to play it in a really intelligent means.
Chelsea have gotten Sterling, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz who may cause issues for anyone. I feel that is going to be a very cagey recreation. I’ve a sense for Tottenham however you need to be respectful for Chelsea and what they’ve achieved over time.
I’ve had it at Liverpool and Tottenham the place there are particular locations you go and you do not get an excellent feeling since you’ve misplaced there so many occasions. The sensation for Tottenham going to Stamford Bridge is a nasty one.
However Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has spoken about being in transition. Nicely, Tottenham aren’t in transition. They’re able to win and that is why it is a recreation, this early within the season, which fits Tottenham.
Watch Chelsea vs Tottenham reside on Sky Sports activities Premier League and Major Occasion from 4pm on Sunday; kick-off 4.30pm.