Jamie Carragher says ‘we’ll learn a lot about the Spurs’ on the trip to Stamford Bridge – and claims talk of a Tottenham title bid will ‘close’ Chelsea, but they will worry about bitter rivals taking their mantle as the top club in London
- Spurs face Chelsea in the Premier League in the London derby match today
- Jamie Carragher thinks Spurs want to become the capital’s top club
- Former defender says Chelsea want to prove they are still the top team
- Spurs have won just one of their last 37 games at Chelsea in all competitions
Jamie Carragher believes Spurs want to beat Chelsea and stake their claim to the best team in London.
Spurs have been transformed since the arrival of Italian manager Antonio Conte, who orchestrated the squad back to the Champions League after finishing fourth in the Premier League last season.
The North London side will aim to overtake Chelsea as the best team in the capital. The Blues are currently the Champions of the World after winning the FIFA Club World Cup last year.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher has said the match between the two London clubs will reveal a lot about the Spurs as he claims they need to improve their record at Stamford Bridge.
The Spurs have won just one of their previous 37 games on the ground in all competitions, drawing 12 and losing their 24+ games.
Speaking about Sky Sports, Carragher said: “I think we’ll see a lot about what Spurs are about today and I don’t mean that in terms of the result. You just said how many times they’ve won here, it’s embarrassing.
Manager Antonio Conte helped Tottenham to the Champions League places last season
“Two top teams in London and to come here to win just once in the Premier League era, Antonio Conte has to change that.
“If you look at last season’s record against Manchester City and Liverpool, those are really great results.
“But in terms of challenging the top teams and talking about the Spurs this season and what they’ve brought, I actually think it could excite Chelsea a little bit.”
The retired defender thinks Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side are looking to prove a point against Spurs and show they are still the top team in London.
He said: “Considering what Chelsea have won in the past, they are still world champions and they think the Spurs can take on their mantle as the top team in London.
“I think Chelsea want to answer a few people today.”
Karen Carney believes Chelsea are not stronger than they were during the last campaign
Former Chelsea player Karen Carney has shared concerns about the club as she believes they are not stronger than last season and that they still have work to do in the transfer market.
She said, “Given the turbulence, I still don’t think they’re stronger. I think it’s just one area: rush hour. Until they fix that situation, I think they will still be in the same place season after season.
“Mason Mount gets eleven, last season Jorginho seven. I don’t think these are two stats you can win the Premier League with.
“I don’t think they are stronger at the moment, but it will be interesting to see where they are at the end of the window.”
Graeme Souness has suggested Spurs are in for a good season in the Premier League
However, Graeme Souness thinks the Spurs have closed the gap to Chelsea and the teams are now evenly matched. The former manager believes Conte has developed the roster at Spurs and they will be one of the top clubs this season.
He said: ‘I think they are quite evenly matched, but I would go more towards Spurs now. I really like their manager. I think Tuchel is a very good manager, he has proven that in his career, but I think it will only go forward for Spurs.
“I think they have a manager who pushes the players to the point of arguing, just as they should. He knows where that line is. I think they’ve brought in some really good players.
“I think from now on it will be a very different Spurs under Conte. I think this time, whoever made decisions about bringing in players, now, two games, looks like they’ve brought in really good players.
“The proof is in the pudding at the end of the season. I think the Spurs are going to have a very good year.
“I don’t think they’re going to win, I think they’re going to give everyone a game, wherever they play. Because this manager gets them. He demands that they be on it all the time.”