Mourinho and Tuchel meet for the first time as managers
Spurs host Chelsea on Thursday night, in what will be the first managerial meeting between Jose Mourinho and Thomas Tuchel. Who will draw first blood between these two?
Thomas Tuchel who joined Chelsea late last month has not lost or conceded a goal in any of his first two games in charge of the Blues. The German tactician recorded a goalless draw (with Wolves) in his first game at the helm, before racking up a 2-0 win over Burnley. He is now set to take charge of his first London derby, a trip to North London to face Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.
Chelsea are looking to record back to back away wins at Spurs for the first time since 2004.
It will be a tough test for the former PSG and Dortmund boss, one that he will surely be relishing. Tuchel’s Chelsea are level on 33 points with Tottenham who were beaten by Brighton over the weekend. Spurs were missing the services of star striker Harry Kane during that defeat to Brighton, and will be with him tonight against Chelsea.
Both teams are looking to keep pace with the top four, and a win for either side would be most welcome.
Mourinho is expected to employ a more conservative approach tonight, Chelsea should be wary of the threats of Son on the counter and Vinicius in the air. The Spurs boss would see this game against his former club as a “must not loose”.
Chelsea’s revival under new manager Thomas Tuchel leaves us with lots to expect from this game. What formation would the Bavarian deploy against Spurs? Which players would be starting?
In his first two games in charge, Tuchel has deployed a 3-4-2-1 formation, reinstating Marcos Alonso to the starting lineup and using Callum Hudson-Odoi in a wingback roll. Christian Pulisic has started on the bench in both games, but may be given a starting berth tonight following his impressive assist for Alonso last time out.
Probable starting eleven
Tottenham (3-4-3): Lloris; Rondon, Alderweireld, Sanchez; Doherty, Højbjerg, Dier, Sissoko; Son, Vinicius, Bergjwin
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi; Ziyech, Mount; Werner
Predicted scored line: 1-1