Chelsea might want to harness the revenge Romelu Lukaku will be seeking to strike on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Spurs host their capital city neighbours in the Premier League this weekend aiming to halt Thomas Tuchel’s seemingly unstoppable train.
Nuno Espirito Santo, meanwhile, has hit the buffers following a decent start to life in the Tottenham dugout.
After three 1-0 league wins at the start of the season, his side snatched a lucky 2-2 draw at Rennes in the Europa Conference League last night having been battered 3-0 at Crystal Palace a few days before.
To make matters worse, Nuno’s squad is shrinking by the hour.
Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn both had to be replaced last night after picking up knocks, adding to Spurs’ ever-mounting absentee list.
Son Heung-min and Eric Dier are also doubts for the Chelsea clash.
Davinson Sanchez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero fly back from Croatia tomorrow after stopping off to avoid UK quarantine.
Japhet Tanganga is suspended.
If the injuries and missing personnel weren’t bad enough, Tottenham must be wary that Lukaku will have vengeance on his mind entering the contest.
Few teams have managed to bat off the Belgian’s presence, but Tottenham lead the way in this category.
In 13 appearances against Spurs, the centre-forward has scored just once.
Clearly an unlucky number for some.
His only effort arrived in a 3-2 defeat in 2017, when the striker was still an Everton player.
Although this news may provide some solace for Spurs supporters, there’s nothing worse than a charged-up Lukaku.
Once the wheels start turning, they are very difficult to slow.
And the 28-year-old has already moved up the gears since returning to Stamford Bridge last month.
Four goals in as many games for Chelsea is a record worthy of the Belgian’s £97.5 million (Sky Sports) price tag.
With the potential prospect of facing a thrown-together Tottenham back line, Lukaku can already see the rotten record being torn up and replaced with a fresh page.