Hakim Ziyech said Chelsea will be on the front foot at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as he declared himself “fit and hungry” ahead of Thursday’s London derby.

It is rather expected that Spurs will sit deep and try to hit Chelsea with their sharp counter-attacking football.

That is how Mourinho tends to set up his team in big games and to be fair, it often works.

Chelsea will be up for the challenge, though, according to Ziyech who said the visitors are prepared to break down Spurs’ stubborn defence.

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“I think you will see a Chelsea that attacks more and controls the game more,” the Morroco international told the club’s official website.

“That’s what we’ve tried to do in the last two games, to play with possession and from there try to attack a lot.

“When we played them last time, it was against a team that really played on the counter with quick people on the sides but really staying compact so there was not a lot of space for us.

“It then is [our] job to keep the ball and let the ball do the work, move it quickly, and in the end, spaces will come.”

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Ziyech also explained his surprising absence in the 2-0 win against Burnley last Sunday.

“It wasn’t really an injury, more like game and training overloading,” he added. 

“Sometimes you have to be smart and let the body relax. The coach did well, we spoke about it and we did that so now I’m ready.

“I’m fit and of course I’m hungry as well.”

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Chronicle view

The trip to North London is going to be Tuchel’s first big test as Chelsea boss.

His attacking 3-4-3 system has worked relatively well in the last two games, but unlike Wolves and Burnley, Spurs arguably have faster, more clinical attackers like Heung-min Son who really suit their counter-attacking football.

If as expected Tuchel sticks with his back three composition, the pace of Spurs’ attackers could really cause some trouble.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva are very good at positioning themselves and winning duels, but pace is not exactly their forte any more.

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