Chelsea are looking to book their places in the final of the Carabao Cup as they take on Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. The two sides will meet at Stamford Bridge in what will serve as the first-leg of the semi-final. With the title race seemingly dissipating, Thomas Tuchel’s men will be desperate to do well in Cup competitions, with Carabao Cup being one of the major objectives.
However, they have a tough assignment on their hands, in the form of Tottenham Hotspur. Managed by former coach Antonio Conte, the North London giants have looked in imperious touch and are unbeaten in domestic competitions under the Italian tactician. Tottenham had notably knocked Chelsea out of the Carabao Cup last season and will be hoping for a similar result this time around.
Chelsea Vs Tottenham Preview
Tuchel has no reason to shift away from his tried and tested 3-4-2-1 setup. But with Romelu Lukaku likely to miss out once again, the German may opt for a free-flowing front three, with the attackers hoping to keep the Tottenham defenders busy by often interchanging positions. The wingbacks are also set to play a key role by providing the width going forward, whereas the onus will be on the midfielders to prevent the opposition from building the ball up the park.
Conte is set to continue with his 3-4-2-1 as well, with Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min operating just in behind Harry Kane. The Tottenham frontman will be allowed positional freedom, which may see him drop deep to participate in the build-up play. Much like Chelsea, the Lilywhites should also rely on wingbacks to provide the width, although their wingers are equally capable of doing so.
Chelsea are set to be without the injured Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Andreas Christensen. Lukaku, as mentioned earlier, is likely to be dropped again, joining Timo Werner and Edouard Mendy in Chelsea’s list of absentees, with the latter set to join the Senegalese camp for the upcoming African Cup of Nations.
Tottenham are missing out on the services of the injured trifecta of Cristian Romero, Ryan Sessegnon and Steven Bergwijn. Conte, nevertheless, should make a couple of alterations, with Japhet Tanganga and Harry Winks pushing for a place in the starting lineup this midweek.