Chelsea beat Spurs 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final. The Blues will now travel within London to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the second leg of the tie on Wednesday night.
Let’s take a look at the team news of both the teams:
Injury news: Thomas Tuchel confirmed that the Blues have no new injuries and Covid issues ahead of the clash. Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante tested positive a few days ago and the manager said they have a chance to be involved in this game.
“We have to wait, to see if they are ready in training and respond. If we do it it’s a gamble. I’m not sure if we do it and how much responsibility we can take there. They are released from isolation, yes.”
Possible starting XI
Chelsea’s Predicted XI: Kepa; Hudson-Odoi, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Kovacic, Mount, Saul; Werner, Lukaku, Pulisic
Tuchel confirmed that he could look to switch to a back four if he believes that’s the right tactic for a match. Given Chelsea’s full-back injuries as well as the absence of Silva, we could see a 4-3-3 in this game.
The manager played the formation in the last match too for some time. Cesar Azpilcueta might be rested for the Man City game, so Callum Hudson-Odoi starts as the right-back.
Mason Mount is in the midfield with Saul and Romelu Lukaku is the striker here.
Injury news: Tottenham defeated Morecambe 3-1 in the FA Cup and have no fresh injury concerns after that game.
Antonio Conte told the media: “Fresh players injured, no. But we didn’t recover the players that are injured.”
Eric Dier and Son-Heung Min win will miss this clash. Son picked up an injury in training and will not be back on the training ground before the end of this month, Conte confirmed.
Son’s absence is a big factor in this game and he is one of Spurs’ two best players and they will have to chase this match, having to cover up the two-goal deficit to advance. Our opponents will definitely have a tougher time without their star.