Tottenham will face Chelsea in a match that will begin at 19:45 UTC on January 12, 2022 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England.
Start date: 13 Jan 2022 01:15
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Some were surprised by Chelsea’s XI’s strength against Chesterfield in the FA Cup, but Tuchel insured that no big massacres would take place at Stamford Bridge over the weekend.
Before halftime, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Romelu Lukaku, and Andreas Christensen had all but ended the game, and a Hakim Ziyech penalty before the hour mark had further humbled the non-league side, but Akwasi Asante’s consolation made the trip for the travelling Chesterfield fans somewhat worthwhile.
Chelsea’s push for Premier League glory has slowed in recent weeks, but Tuchel’s side is in no position to pass down a mid-season trophy as they attempt to prevent a cataclysmic collapse in North London.
Antonio Conte’s return to the Stamford Bridge dugouts for the first leg of Tottenham’s EFL Cup semi-final against Chelsea drew a lot of attention, but the Italian confessed that the distance to Chelsea was obvious.
Kai Havertz scored the game’s first goal after only five minutes, but a hilarious own goal from Japhet Tanganga’s attempted clearing from a free kick cannoned off Ben Davies and into the Tottenham net before halftime.
Conte’s team were also on the verge of being knocked out of the FA Cup by Morecambe at the weekend, but with the introduction of Lucas Moura and Harry Kane from the bench, the Lilywhites were able to go to the fourth round of the competition.
Chelsea Team News
Meanwhile, Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy tested positive for COVID-19 while on duty with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations, and it’s unclear whether Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante will be able to play this game after recovering from the illness.
Cesar Azpilicueta should be able to shake off a cramp in time to start the second leg, but Reece James, Ben Chilwell, and Trevoh Chalobah will all miss it.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, and Kai Havertz are among those who will attempt to restore their proper places in the starting XI, while Saul Niguez’s starting spot may be jeopardised.
Tottenham Hotspur Team News
Spurs have been given a huge injury blow after Son Heung-min complained of leg muscle tightness after the 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge, and the South Korean international might be out until the next international break.
Cristian Romero is close to returning, but he will miss out once more with Son, while Steven Bergwijn and Eric Dier are also unavailable to Conte.
Following Son’s injury, Conte will have to make a huge decision in the final third. Neither Dele Alli nor Bryan Gil impressed against Morecambe, so Harry Winks might get another start in the midfield as the Italian moves to a 3-5-2 formation.
Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris; Tanganga, Sanchez, Davies; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Winks, Reguilon; Lucas, Kane
Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Sarr; Ziyech, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Havertz; Lukaku
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