Frank Leboeuf has warned Chelsea about the threat that upcoming opponents Tottenham will pose on the counter-attack this Sunday.
Spurs visit Stamford Bridge this weekend as the leaders of the Premier League table and Jose Mourinho’s side are hoping they can be in the mix for the title race this season.
They have two of the most in-form players in Europe right now with attackers Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, plus they strengthened their squad significantly in the summer.
Chelsea shouldn’t be fearful ahead of the London derby though, especially as they’ve won the three previous league meetings between the teams and are in great form just two points behind them in the table.
But ex-Blues defender Leboeuf has warned about the danger of Kane and Son, as well as pointing out creative central midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.
“Be aware in counter-attacks, make sure Kante and Jorginho work well defensively in the middle of the park. Make sure the four at the back are very spot on,” Leboeuf told ESPN.
“Don’t forget Son, Kane in the middle. Ndombele who is in absolute fantastic form right now… Make sure they keep an eye on them when they have the ball because it’s going to be a real threat for Chelsea every time Spurs will have the chance to counter attack. The two guys I said before [Kane and Son] this is where they are the best.”
It will be no surprise to see Spurs sit back with a good defensive shape on Sunday and look to counter with real pace, something they did so effectively last weekend in the win against Manchester City.
But they are without key centre-back Toby Alderweireld and are about to face a more fluent attack, as Chelsea are the top scorers in the division so far.
Frank Lampard’s side have the players to create chances against Spurs and it’s about being clinical, while the presence of defensive midfielder N’Ggolo Kante sat in front of the backline will be key in disrupting counters.