Tottenham will host Chelsea in the Carabao Cup round of 16. Both teams will present two weaker teams, but what is the eleventh goal predicted by the Blues?
In an effort to forget the embarrassment of West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea travel to Tottenham Hotspur for the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. The Blues face rivals in London in a historic match. It remains one of the most realistic chances of winning the title for both managers, even though Jose Mourinho appears to have possessed his potential. Sights elsewhere.
Mourinho without the first-team striker, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min injured. Lampard may be looking to expand Tottenham further with 3-4-3, and the opposing number appears to have a problem dealing with that, but he may instead pick his favorite 4-2-3-1. Chelsea also have to rest some players while building up the fitness of others in matches. Here’s who we think Lampard chose to push the Blues to the quarter-finals:
Edward Mendy (No. 16) goalkeeper for Senegal
Mendy is the latest acquisition alongside West London. He hasn’t made a trip to the Blues yet, but it looks like his debut isn’t far off. Willie Caballero earned his spot against West Bromwich Albion, but it’s hard to say he’s got a spot between sticks in this one. Lampard talked about the competition between goalkeepers and what better way to give the new Chelsea player a better experience than a cup match against your arch rivals. Lampard also doesn’t seem to have deep confidence in his other options. Caballero’s show at West Bromwich Albion shows that his saves against Barnsley can be more related to bad shots, rather than expert goalkeepers. Kepa Arizabalaga, well, let’s just talk about Cesar Azpilicueta now.
Cesar Azpilicueta (No. 28) right-back from Spain
Azpilicueta entered the second half against West Bromwich Albion and immediately overhauled the team. The dealers were “not outspoken enough, and he doesn’t seem like a true captain to me” would be uncomfortable watching match footage of the captain giving instructions to Thiago Silva, the leading man. Azpilicueta’s influence on the match wasn’t only seen in those footage, but in the 45th minute that followed. It is not by chance that the captain crossed over to Mason Mount who started returning. The presence of Azpilicueta had the biggest impact in that match.
Antonio Rüdiger (No. 2) Centrepack, Germany
There were conversations Rudiger on his way out Chelsea. It may be true, but it is still rumor and Rudiger is still a player at Chelsea. Rudiger had a tough start to the season, as he missed the match day squad twice in a row. But the German style of play fits the Tottenham match. His physical and aerial prowess should be within reach of the blues. If Rüdiger wants out, this is his chance to advertise his services. If not, this is an opportunity to give Lampard a headache in choosing to move forward. Either way, Rudiger wants to play well in this match.
Kurt Zuma (No. 15) Centrepack, France
Zuma was dropped from the starting line-up against West Bromwich Albion and it caused some hum. It’s possible he was comfortable with this game, and while no one knows for sure why he was excluded, there is no cause for the turmoil. It is one game. Zuma has been Chelsea’s best center back this season, followed closely by Andreas Christensen. Zuma will play a big role in determining Chelsea’s score tomorrow and there are very few players who can beat him in the air. It would be silly not to play the French.
Ben Chilwell (No. 21) left-back, England
Chilwell made a dramatic move from Lester this window. He appeared against Barnsley last Wednesday in the League Cup and contributed to the assist, and played in his first game at back due to a severe injury. Lampard may decide to give the England international his first match against neighbors of the Blues in London.
Jorginho (No. 5) is the Italy midfielder
Jorginho missed the match against West Bromwich Albion entirely, but he has improved this season and it goes without saying. A lot of Jorginho’s downsides seem to be things he has no control over, so there’s not much he can do. He gave his all every time he played for Chelsea, and that’s exactly what Chelsea need tomorrow.
Ngolo Kante (No. 7), midfielder, France
Kante needs some rest, but that might not be the match. He was a boulder in the middle of the park and contributed both to attack and defense. Kante shouldn’t contribute offensively, but when no one is in the box, he goes there. Chelsea need Kante to do his job against Tottenham. He has played against them enough times to know exactly what to do and how to win. His presence on the field strengthens Chelsea’s chances of overtaking Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.
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Kai Havertz (No. 29) is an attacking midfielder from Germany
Havertz has started all of Chelsea’s matches so far this season and looks set to start again. He opened the scoring account in this competition with three goals against the tournament team Barnsley. He needs as much match-making experience as he can get in the Premier League, and playing against Premier League opponents won’t hurt match fitness at all.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (No. 20) Right winger, England
Hudson-Odoi did a good job of forcing himself to be part of this team. He played out of his body, pulling Chelsea from troubles he had no hand in for this weekend. He scored a wonderful goal to restore hope to the fans and his team-mates, which was praised by Lampard himself. On a day when Lampard needed someone to come, the teenager gave a good description of himself.
Tammy Abraham (No. 9) Striker, England
Abraham did not make a good match against West Bromwich Albion. He missed a great opportunity early on and was absent from large portions of the game, but scoring the equalizer 94 should count for something, especially when you consider that his other partner in the strike didn’t score a goal in the same match. Abraham is still in great contention for the primary striker position. His goal against Tottenham Hotspur almost guaranteed him a goal in the next League match.
Ross Barkley (No. 8) Left Winger, England
Barclay became Chelsea’s favorite man in Cup matches. Barclay played well in the third round of this competition and did everything in that match. He made interventions, interceptions, created chances, scored goals and even missed big chances. Barclay would ensure that Chelsea would remain competitive in all competitions, providing Lampard some much-needed depth.
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