The Blues take on their Premier League rivals in the Carabao Cup this evening
Chelsea are looking to take a step closer to Wembley tonight when they take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup fourth round.
The Blues breezed past Barnsley in the previous round, but Spurs will no doubt give Frank Lampard’s a tougher match this time around.
Lampard will no doubt rotate his squad for the match, with another important Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues have been hard at training at Cobham ahead of the match, and here are some of the things we noticed.
Edouard Mendy displays key strength
Edouard Mendy could make his Chelsea debut against Spurs with the new signing not taking part in the draw at West Brom on Saturday.
The 28-year-old started training with the Blues at the end of last week and he has been stepping that up again ahead of the game.
He was also showing off his key strength, and one of the reasons he was brought in, which is claiming crosses and controlling his box.
The Senegal international stands at 6ft 6in and he could make a massive difference to the Blues defending at set pieces and dealing with crosses this season.
Hakim Ziyech in training
Hakim Ziyech is the forgotten signing right now, with the Moroccan having picked up a knee injury in the pre-season match at Brighton.
The winger is not quite right to return for the match against Spurs, however he is stepping up with his recovery ahead of a potential return.
The 27-year-old was back training with the first team and doing some shooting practice ahead of the match this evening.
Chelsea will be hoping that Ziyech will be available for the weekend’s game and to make a real impact in the side.
There has been a lot of speculation and discussion around Antonio Rudiger’s future after he has been left out of recent squads.
The Germany international is now the most likely centre-back to leave before the transfer window closes next Monday.
However, Rudiger continues to train with the first team and prepare himself for whenever he might get called upon to feature by Lampard.
The 27-year-old could still play an important part if needed, but it’s looking more likely he will be heading out the door.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has hinted he will make wholesale changes for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup fourth-round tie at home to Chelsea.
The clash with his former club is the first of three games in five days for Spurs and Mourinho has suggested the competition is not a priority. Spurs were given a bye to the fourth round after their previous match was postponed due to positive Covid-19 tests among their opponents, Leyton Orient.
Heung-Min Son (hamstring) and Gareth Bale (knee) are absent and it remains to be seen if Dele Alli is drafted in after missing out on the matchday squad in Sunday’s draw with Newcastle, while Sergio Reguilon could make his debut after moving from Real Madrid.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is in contention to make his debut after signing from Rennes.
Full-back Ben Chilwell is also set to be in the squad as the 23-year-old manages his return from a heel problem. Christian Pulisic (hamstring) and Hakim Ziyech (knee) continue their rehabilitation.
📋 Stats to know (via Chelseafc.com)
- Chelsea are hoping for a fifth successive victory against Tottenham in all competitions, the most since we won six in a row between January 2000 and January 2002.
- Chelsea and Tottenham are drawn against each other in the League Cup for the seventh occasion, the most recent being the 2018/19 semi-final.
- Our overall cup record against Tottenham 10 wins and six defeats.
- Chelsea are looking to progress to the League Cup quarter-final for the third time in the past four seasons.
- The Blues are unbeaten away in September for eight games in all competitions, winning six of them, since we lost 0-3 to Arsenal in 2016.
- Tottenham have been knocked out of the League Cup by London clubs in five of the past seven seasons.
- No manager has won the League Cup more times than Jose Mourinho (four), three with Chelsea and one with Man Utd. Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough also won it on four occasions.
⚽ Probable line-ups (via dailyfocusng.com)
- Tottenham: Hart; Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Lamela, Alli, Bergwijn; Kane
- Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Chilwell; Barkley, Jorginho; Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Mount; Abraham
London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea go head-to-head in the Carabao Cup fourth round tonight as Jose Mourinho takes on his former club.
Mourinho’s Spurs were handed a bye into the last-16 of the cup after Leyton Orient could not field a team following a spate of COVID-19 cases in their squad.
Chelsea, meanwhile, smashed Barnsley 6-0 to breeze through the third round.
Both teams will be eager to win silverware this season and a win this evening would give them a great chance of doing so heading into the quarter-finals.
The two have hectic schedules at the moment meaning both are expected to make several changes for this cup clash.
But it should still be a thrilling match and talkSPORT will be in attendance to bring you all the action live.
Tottenham v Chelsea: How to listen
This cup tie will get underway at 7:45pm on Tuesday, September 29.
Full coverage from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 7pm.
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Tottenham v Chelsea: What has been said?
Jose Mourinho has blamed the EFL for not giving Tottenham a chance of fighting for Carabao Cup success and believes his squad will be hit by injury as they face three games in five days.
Spurs host Chelsea tonight before a final Europa League qualifying tie at home to Maccabi Haifa just 48 hours later.
The hectic week is topped off by a trip to Manchester United on Sunday and Mourinho said: “I would like to fight for the Carabao Cup but I don’t think I can.
“We have a game on Thursday that gives us not as much money as the Champions League but the group phase of the Europa League gives us a certain amount that, for a club like us, is very important.
“It’s a competition with a possible group phase that gives us a good chance to go through to the next knockout stage so this game on Thursday is very important for us.
“I think you can imagine that with a game on Thursday that decides a very important thing for us, I think the EFL made a decision for us.
“They didn’t even create a problem – they made a decision for us. So that’s the decision.”