Merson says Chelsea can hurt Spurs more than Manchester City
Paul Merson thinks Tottenham will face some troubles if they let Chelsea have the ball as they did against Manchester City, given the Blues’ firepower up front.
Two points is the gap between Chelsea and Spurs, who currently sit at the top of the Premier League table.
It means the Blues could have a one-point lead at full-time, but it is certainly easier said than done.
Jose Mourinho’s men will head into the game full of confidence after eight consecutive victories in all competitions, including the 2-0 home win over Manchester City last week.
In that game, clinical Spurs got the job done with only 33% possession of the ball.
While it worked, Merson believes Chelsea will have more attacking threats up front which could hurt Spurs if they go with the same defensive counter-attacking strategy.
“These are the games,” he wrote in his column for Sky Sports.
“If you sit back against this Chelsea team and give them 65 per cent of the ball, are you going to be able to keep them out for that long?
“At the moment they have more firepower than Man City.
“This team has goals, and makes runs.”
Chelsea must prove they can win against big teams
Merson argued that the weekend battle at Stamford Bridge can “give you an extra six or seven points” because of the confidence and the momentum you would get with a win.
He even thinks the result could make a difference over the course of the season.
He added: “If Chelsea lose, you then ask whether you can win a title losing to Liverpool and Spurs at home?
“For Chelsea, you do not just want to become a flat-track bully.
“Tottenham can draw this game – it [will be] a great result for them.
“It’s more important for Chelsea to win, and important for Spurs just not to lose it.”