LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Manager Andre Villas-Boas is still hurting from the way his time at Chelsea ended and is urging his new Tottenham side to put a setback in their Barclays Premier League title chase at White Hart Lane Saturday.
Chelsea currently leads the Premier League table standings with 19 points, five more than Tottenham and the clash between the two on form teams from London is expected to be spicy.
The Spurs enter the game on a nine match unbeaten run in all competitions, including four wins in the Premier League and Villas-Boas is hoping his side can continue that run.
Tottenham enters the game on the back of an impressive 2-0 win over Aston Villa and Villas-Boas tells his players to carry on.
“We hope we can continue where left off certainly in terms of performance against Villa – one of our best performances of the season so far,” he told the club’s official website at www.tottenhamhotspur.com.
The manager also enjoys the backing from the stands.
“You can see the buzz around the training ground, how the players feel, how motivated they are to play in games of this dimension,” he added.
“Every player wants to be involved when you play the league leaders and we will approach the game in this way. We understand it will be hard, but we will fight for it.”
As for team news, the home side is still without England midfielder Scott Parker, who is out with an Achilles problem. Defenders Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul, both carrying injured knees are still out.
Chelsea, which will be without captain and leading defender John Terry, who begins his four match suspension for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand – are on a seven game undefeated run and grabbed maximum points from its last three games in the Premier League.
Manager Roberto Di Matteo has hailed the efforts of his players so far and called on his them to keep up the good start, although he acknowledged that playing at White Hart Lane won’t be easy.
The leaders will have Frank Lampard (calf) and Ryan Bertrand (illness) back after missing England’s World Cup qualifying matches against San Marino and Poland recently.
The last two Premier League meetings between the two sides have ended in 0-0 and 1-1 draws.
Chelsea, however, hammered Tottenham 5-1 the last time the teams met, which was in the FA Cup last season.
Tottenham vs Chelsea Teams:
Tottenham (squad): Lloris, Friedel, Gomes, Cudicini, Smith, Gallas, Dawson, Walker, Naughton, Vertonghen, Caulker, Falque, Huddlestone, Mason, Bale, Lennon, Livermore, Sandro, Dembele, Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Carroll, Townsend, Defoe, Adebayor, Obika.
Chelsea (squad): Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Romeu, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Moses, Marin, Piazon, Sturridge, Torres, Turnbull.