Chelsea’s hopes of battling Manchester City for the Premier League title were dealt a huge blow this weekend as they were held to a draw by fellow challengers Liverpool, while the Citizens secured a pivotal 1-2 victory away at Arsenal despite falling behind at the Emirates Stadium.
The Blues are now 10 points away from Pep Guardiola’s league leaders, but their focus can switch to the EFL Cup on Wednesday night for the visit of rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The Blues last won this trophy by beating Spurs in the 2014/2015 final and this year they’ve beaten Aston Villa, Southampton and Brentford (the former two on penalties) to reach the final four stage.
For Tottenham Hotspur, the wait for silverware goes on, making every semi-final and final carry a degree of added pressure. The last trophy that the Lilywhites hoisted was the EFL Cup, but that came back in 2008 and they’ve since lost the final of this competition on two occasions, most recently against Manchester City last term.
They can at least come into this semi-final in high spirits have been in fine form under former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since leaving on Wednesday night. Spurs have lost just one of their first ten games under the Italian.
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Chelsea vs Tottenham: Match Stats
Tottenham haven’t failed to score in any of their last nine competitive games, and twice in December they played out score draws against Liverpool and Southampton in the Premier League. Chelsea have drawn no fewer than five of their last eight matches in all competitions and both teams managed to find the net in four of those five tied fixtures.
Only Mohamed Salah has had more shots on target than Harry Kane’s 22 in the Premier League this season. Although not at his best at the moment, the England skipper continues to trouble opposition goalkeepers on a regular basis and he took no fewer than six shots in Tottenham’s New Year’s Day win at Watford, three of which were on target.
19 September 2021 – Tottenham 0-3 Chelsea – Premier League
4 February 2021 – Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea – Premier League
29 November 2020 – Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham – Premier League
29 September 2020 – Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea – League Cup
22 February 2020 – Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham – Premier League
After winning three games in a row against Chelsea in 2018, Tottenham have won just one of the past eight meetings across all competitions, with their only victory coming via a penalty shootout in last season’s Carabao Cup. In the only previous meeting between the two clubs this season, the Blues ran out 0-3 winners in North London back in September.