Connect with us

ARTICLES

Opponent Watch: Tuchel rules out two Chelsea players for Tottenham clash

Published

on

Injury News: Chelsea rule out Marcos Alonso and Matteo Kovacic for Tottenham Hotspur tie

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was speaking at the press conference (h/t Football.London) before his team’s game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The German manager got the better of Spurs each time last season- in the league and domestic cups- and would want to continue that record going forward. However, he would be without two players for the London derby at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

Tuchel ruled out Mateo Kovacic with an injury. A smooth dribbler with the ball who has an eye for the killer pass on decisive occasions, the Croatian’s absence from the game could benefit Chelsea.

“[Kovacic] has issues with his knee, always a little bit of a reaction. We decided to take a step back and increase treatment time to reduce the stress that comes from training to have a normal reaction before we start again. Everybody else is available.”

He also confirmed that Spanish left-back Marcos Alonso, their left-back, is not in training and is trying to finalise a transfer to another club.

“He is not in training at the moment and trying to finalise his transfer, so he will not be available for the game.”

Alonso’s services are perhaps no longer required at the Bridge. Chelsea recently signed Marc Cucurella from Brighton & Hove Albion for a fee that could rise to £63million with add-ons.

Allan Saint-Maximin vies with Mateo Kovacic (L) and Marcos Alonso.
Allan Saint-Maximin vies with Mateo Kovacic (L) and Marcos Alonso. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea have the ever-reliable N’Golo Kante and Jorginho in midfield, and are boosted by the return of Conor Gallagher from his loan spell at Crystal Palace.

Spurs need to make a statement against the Blues at the Bridge. A win, perhaps, is what they should be going for.

Speaking after the 4-1 win against Southampton, captain Hugo Lloris spoke about the Lilywhites’ desire to maintain their same philosophy against the Blues this weekend.

More Tottenham Hotspur News

Perhaps what the France international wanted to convey was that Spurs would take the game to Chelsea just as they did against the Saints.

Spurs Transfer News

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia of SSC Napoli during the UEFA Champions League match against Liverpool in September 2022. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia of SSC Napoli during the UEFA Champions League match against Liverpool in September 2022.
ARTICLES14 hours ago

Tottenham “turned down a move” for in-form playmaker before his transfer to Napoli this summer

Tottenham and Leicester City “turned down” move to sign Khvicha Kvaratskhelia before his Napoli transfer Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City...

Mohammed Kudus of Ajax in action against Rangers FC. Mohammed Kudus of Ajax in action against Rangers FC.
ARTICLES1 day ago

Tottenham Hotspur to battle Dortmund and Everton for African playmaker

Spurs Transfer News: Tottenham battle Borussia Dortmund and Everton for Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus According to German outlet Bild (h/t Liverpool...

Sporting Braga's Fabiano and Vitor Oliveira and FC Porto's David Carmo vie for a header during a PrimeiraLiga match. Sporting Braga's Fabiano and Vitor Oliveira and FC Porto's David Carmo vie for a header during a PrimeiraLiga match.
ARTICLES3 days ago

Tottenham one of 17 clubs on scouting mission in Portugal after David Carmo links this summer

Tottenham Hotspur one of 17 clubs on scouting mission at FC Porto vs Braga after David Carmo links in May...

Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been at Barcelona since his move from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2014. Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been at Barcelona since his move from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2014.
ARTICLES3 days ago

Report: Tottenham prioritising a move for German star with £438m release clause

Spurs Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur prioritising a deal for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen According to Jeunes Footeux (h/t Express), manager Antonio...

Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig has been linked with a transfer move to Tottenham Hotspur. Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig has been linked with a transfer move to Tottenham Hotspur.
ARTICLES3 days ago

Tottenham continue ‘heated’ transfer battle with Chelsea for Croatian star

Transfer News: Tottenham continue ‘heated’ battle with Chelsea for RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol According to Italian outlet Calciomercato (h/t...

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper, Jan Oblak, checks on teammate Kieran Trippier during a UEFA Champions League game against Liverpool Atletico Madrid goalkeeper, Jan Oblak, checks on teammate Kieran Trippier during a UEFA Champions League game against Liverpool
ARTICLES3 days ago

“He’d possibly lean towards Tottenham”- Spurs told they could have edge over Man United in Jan Oblak race

Tottenham Hotspur told they could have edge over Man United in Jan Oblak transfer race Speaking exclusively to Football Insider,...

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur applauds the Spurs fans at the Emirates after a 3-1 loss against Arsenal in October 2022. Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur applauds the Spurs fans at the Emirates after a 3-1 loss against Arsenal in October 2022.
ARTICLES4 days ago

“They are convinced”- Reliable journo gives his thoughts on Harry Kane’s future at Tottenham

David Ornstein gives the latest on Harry Kane’s future at Tottenham amid Bayern Munich links Acclaimed journalist David Ornstein was...

Ecuador's Piero Hincapie tries to mark Argentina's Lionel Messi in a Copa America match. ( Ecuador's Piero Hincapie tries to mark Argentina's Lionel Messi in a Copa America match. (
ARTICLES4 days ago

Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur eye £22m Bundesliga star but face Arsenal competition

Spurs Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur eye Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie but face Arsenal battle According to Italian outlet Calciomercato...

Marco Asensio is struggling for regular playing time at Real Madrid and has been linked with a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur. Marco Asensio is struggling for regular playing time at Real Madrid and has been linked with a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.
ARTICLES4 days ago

Report: Tottenham face Barcelona, Liverpool challenge in battle to sign Real Madrid star

Spurs Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur face Barcelona, Liverpool, and Arsenal challenge in Marco Asensio race According to Italian outlet Calciomercato...

Tottenham Hotspur's Paul Robinson in action against Turino in August 2007. Tottenham Hotspur's Paul Robinson in action against Turino in August 2007.
ARTICLES4 days ago

“He would lose a season”- PL goalkeeper told not to move to Spurs as long as Hugo Lloris is there

Paul Robinson Illan Meslier not to leave Leeds United for Tottenham Hotspur as long as Hugo Lloris is there The...