There’s more than just pride on the line when Chelsea travel across town to face Tottenham in a highly anticipated London derby on Saturday.
Maurizio Sarri’s side are still unbeaten and sitting in third, the last place in the table which guarantees automatic qualification to the Champions League.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – Summer signing Kepa has started every single Premier League game for Chelsea this season, keeping a clean sheet in exactly half of them.
César Azpilicueta (RB) – Maurizio Sarri’s turned Azpilicueta back into a full-back this season, and it’s working wonders for the west London outfit.
David Luiz (CB) – The Brazilian looked nailed on to leave Chelsea during the summer, but now you can’t imagine Sarri’s team without him.
Antonio Rüdiger (CB) – There are still ares to improve for Rüdiger, but he compliments Luiz perfectly.
Marcos Alonso (LB) – Arguably the best left-back in the league and he loves to play against Tottenham, having scored two goals in this exact fixture last season.
N’Golo Kanté (CM) – He picks himself these days, but Kanté’s importance in stopping Spurs’ creative players priding service for Harry Kane can’t be overlooked.
Jorginho (CM) – The Italian has almost single-handedly turned Chelsea into title contenders this season.
Ross Barkley (CM) – Mateo Kovačić is an injury doubt, so Barkley looks set for a second appearance at Wembley in the span of just six days.
Pedro (RW) – Willian hasn’t been at his best this season and following an ineffective performance against Everton, Sarri could be tempted to rotate.
Eden Hazard (LW) – The Belgian might not have the most goals or assists in the league, but he’s probably still been the player of the season so far.
Álvaro Morata (ST) – After a shocking miss whilst away on international duty, Morata needs to get straight back out there and right the wrongs from the last fortnight with La Roja.