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 elucidate Spurs’ transformation beneath Antonio Conte and the transfers which might set the Blues on target for a top-four end…
‘It is a totally different Tottenham’
Tottenham have had some horrible outcomes at Chelsea and the historical past of the fixture has not at all times been form to Tottenham, but it surely does really feel that this can be a totally different Tottenham Hotspur proper now.
The supervisor Antonio Conte has carried out an incredible job, he is instilled that may to win, drive, want, and the gamers are operating by means of brick partitions for him. That hasn’t at all times been the case with earlier managers they usually look extremely sturdy.
The gamers they’ve signed, they are not typical signings for Tottenham as a result of they’re able to win proper now and usually Tottenham purchase for the long run. However they have been very intelligent and assured in what they’ve carried out. I like how they’ve carried out 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 prefer 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 looks like every thing is prepared for Conte to get that trophy the followers have been eager for so lengthy.
They’re in the very best 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 stunned 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 concerned about signing from Barcelona – is without doubt one of the finest midfield gamers on the earth.
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 method as a result of he is in limbo. It looks like he needs to return to London and is not too eager on going to Manchester. Whoever will get him, he is a sport changer for them. Chelsea actually have issues in that space – Jorginho will not be long-term when it comes to his physicality.
He is carried out brilliantly and been an incredible participant for Chelsea, Champions League winner and for Italy profitable the European Championships, however De Jong provides them a special dimension with tempo and power, enjoying on the base of midfield, giving N’Golo Kante license to go and do what he needs.
He’d be an incredible 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 in all probability would not be the worst signing.
I used to be fairly vital of him final yr. I did not assume 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 believe they’re going to win on Sunday
That is the very best form Spurs have been in for a very long time, however if you happen to consider the actually good groups they’ve had, Mauricio Pochettino’s workforce, my dad’s workforce 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 in all probability fancy going there and getting three factors. Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane did not rating on the weekend and can need 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 assume Tottenham will go there and get three factors. I believe Tottenham are the one to look at this season. The supervisor has the gamers in he needs and they’ll be an actual pressure this season make no mistake.
We have set this sport up up to now with Kane and Son and ensuring they’ll hit them on the counter-attack, but when Chelsea play identical again three as they did on Saturday – Cesar Azpilicueta, Koulibaly, Thiago Silva – they are not going to play excessive up the pitch and depart house in behind. They’ll play it in a really intelligent method.
Chelsea have gotten Sterling, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz who could cause issues for anyone. I believe that is going to be a very cagey sport. I’ve a sense for Tottenham however it’s a must to be respectful for Chelsea and what they’ve achieved through the years.
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 instances. 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 this can be a sport, this early within the season, which fits Tottenham.
Watch Chelsea vs Tottenham dwell on Sky Sports activities Premier League and Important Occasion from 4pm on Sunday; kick-off 4.30pm.