Report: What the mood in the Chelsea dressing room is actually like ahead of playing Tottenham on Sunday

Reports suggest that Chelsea are keen to remind people who the strongest team in London are as they prepare for this weekend’s fixture against Tottenham.

According to Miguel Delaney’s newsletter for The Independent, the mood in the dressing room suggests the game will be one of the more competitive in the fixture’s history.

Chelsea and Spurs has always been a heated rivalry, however the club’s accepting they are on a similar level over the last decade or so has seen things reach another level.

Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

The infamous ‘Battle of the Bridge’ is the best example of this, with Spurs taking their anger out of missing out on the Premier League title on the Blues in 2015.

Now, Delaney has claimed that the added pressure on both sides this season has left Chelsea players excited to remind people of their position as the best team from the capital.

How Chelsea are feeling before Tottenham

Spurs will be coming to Stamford Bridge in arguably their most confident state ever, with a 4-1 win at the start of the season putting Antonio Conte’s side top of the league.

They have also enjoyed a very strong transfer window in North London, with Yves Bissouma and Richarlison amongst the biggest acquisitions of the summer.

Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images

After the opening day fixture against Southampton, they will now be keen for a first big statement of the season, with a trip to their bogey ground the perfect opportunity.

However, the Blues should feel confident that their own transfer activity has strengthened them, with Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella undoubtedly making them stronger.

While the situation around the club could be best described as uncertain, a big victory against an emerging threat in the league would be a great way to silence those critics, re-establishing their status as the best of the rest behind Liverpool and Manchester City.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.