Chelsea Will Go ‘hammer And Tongs’ To End Tottenham’s Title Hopes – Ray Wilkins
Chelsea will go “hammer and tongs” to end Tottenham’s title hopes on Monday Night Football, according to Ray Wilkins.
The sides clash on Sky Sports 1HD with Mauricio Pochettino’s team needing to end a 26-year wait for victory at Stamford Bridge to stop Leicester winning the Premier League title.
Tottenham have played 23 times at Chelsea in the Premier League and have never won, drawing eight and losing 15 times – the longest losing away streak in Premier League history.
Former Chelsea player and coach Wilkins believes these stats will not hamper Spurs’ belief, but he expects the outgoing champions to end their pursuit of the championship.
“Spurs will take the game as it comes. They won’t be worried too much about those stats,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
“They’re playing some exceptional football at the moment and they’ll think they can go and win at Stamford Bridge tonight.
“Those players have to believe. The Chelsea lads don’t get on with Tottenham, shall we say, and they will be going hammer and tongs to make sure Chelsea win and Claudio Ranieri wraps up the title.”
Chelsea midfielder and ex-Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas recently admitted, as a pundit on Monday Night Football, that he did not want Spurs to win the league.
And Wilkins said: “He’s an ex-Gooner, so he’s got that bit extra against Tottenham anyway, and you’d expect him to have that opinion.
“Chelsea have underperformed and they will want to stop Tottenham progressing tonight.
“It will be played in that environment and if John Terry comes back, as much as Tottenham will be fired-up to win, he’ll make sure Chelsea are too.”