Pochettino Returns to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a Clash of Premier League Titans
6 Nov, 2023
Pochettino Returns to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Amidst High-Stakes Clash
Mauricio Pochettino will make a sentimental return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday evening, hoping to guide Chelsea to victory over his former club and prevent Spurs from reclaiming the top spot in the Premier League table.
The Argentine manager spent five successful years at Tottenham, leading them to their highest-ever Premier League finish and four consecutive Champions League qualifications. His departure in 2019 was met with disappointment from the Spurs faithful, who will undoubtedly be divided between their current manager, Ange Postecoglou, and their former hero.
Despite the emotional significance of the match, both managers are focused on securing the three points. Pochettino's Chelsea have struggled for consistency this season, but they will be looking to capitalize on Tottenham's recent dip in form. Postecoglou, on the other hand, will be aiming to extend Spurs' unbeaten run and maintain their title challenge.
Desinty Udogie is fit to play after a recent injury.
Ivan Perisic, Ryan Sessegnon, and Manor Solomon remain sidelined.
Reece James makes his first start since August.
Mykhailo Mudryk returns to the bench after recovering from injury.
Last Five Meetings:
February 26, 2023: Spurs 2-0 Chelsea
August 14, 2022: Chelsea 2-2 Spurs
January 23, 2022: Chelsea 2-0 Spurs
September 19, 2021: Spurs 0-3 Chelsea
February 4, 2021: Spurs 0-1 Chelsea
Postecoglou is aiming to become the first manager to win his first five Premier League home matches since Craig Shakespeare in May 2017.
Spurs last won five home matches in a row under Pochettino in 2018.
Manchester United (15) is the only team with more Premier League away wins against Spurs than Chelsea (14).
Since Graham Potter's departure from Chelsea, the Blues have won the fewest matches and earned the fewest points in the Premier League.
Chelsea have given more playing time to players aged 21 or younger than any other Premier League team this season.
What the Managers Said:
"It's a big game, it's a London derby. Chelsea have been one of the most successful teams in England over the past 15 years, so any time you play against them, it's a big occasion. The atmosphere will be great, and we're looking forward to another exciting night."
"I didn't get to say goodbye to Tottenham properly when I left, so it will be nice to go back and see everyone. Ange and his staff are doing a fantastic job, and they have a very good team that can challenge for the title."
This clash between Tottenham and Chelsea promises to be a thrilling encounter, with both teams determined to secure victory and maintain their Premier League ambitions.
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