Antonio Conte has declared that it is time to stop considering Tottenham "underdogs" as he revealed his admiration for Spurs ahead of Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final clash on Saturday.
The Blues, who now sit four points clear of tomorrow's opponents in the Premier League table, are likely to be without centre-half Gary Cahill, who has been treated for gastroenteritis this week.
Gary Cahill is a major doubt for Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday after being admitted to hospital this week, according to reports.
English defender John Terry, who will leave Chelsea at the end of the season after 22 years at the club, said goodbye to the fans of the London side through an open letter, in which he said that being the Blues' captain has been his greatest achievement.
"When we started to have the training on Tuesday, he arrived with a bit of fever", Conte added. That formation also gets the best out of Dele Alli in my opinion.
"For sure this period is not a lucky period for us", he said.
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Cahill has been an ever-present for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, starting all 32 of their matches.
Chelsea's 2-0 loss at Manchester United last weekend left the league leaders just four points clear of second-placed Spurs with six matches remaining.
"Dembele and Wanyama against Kante and Matic.A couple of months ago Chelsea seem were sweeping aside all that lay in front of them, but Pochettino is about to instigate The Fall of the Roman Empire". "We will do everything we can to make it happen this season", Alderweireld told Standard Sport.
"I think and I repeat the most important thing for us is to be focused on the present, to do what we are doing until now, to focus on the present, to finish a good season for us and then we want to do something extraordinary". Last season they missed this, and this season they're trying again.
The PFA Premier League Team of the Season has been announced, and as usual, there are a number of outstanding players who may feel hard done by not to have been included in the XI. "As big as the characters are in that dressing room I still think there will be a spell where they might get nervy if Tottenham keep going as they are".
"It could be good or bad, although I hope it is a good one for us, but it's true that they have been up there for two or three years now and we are there at the top of the league".