The Tottenham Hotspur fans are feeling nervous in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their season-defining fixture against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
As things stand, Tottenham are in pole position to qualify for The Champions League this season, and a victory over their London-rivals would all but secure their place in next seasons competition. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are currently 5 points clear of Chelsea with 8 fixtures left to play, so Chelsea will be desperate to close the gap when they go head-to-head in just a few hours time.
Ultimately, the pressure is all on Chelsea to take the game to Spurs and record a victory, so it’s likely that the eagerly-anticipated encounter will be an open affair full of opportunities for both sides. With that being said, the outcome of the fixture could hinge on the performance of Christian Eriksen (valued at £63 million by Transfermarkt), as Chelsea will struggle to stop the Dane from working his magic if he is allowed too much time and space on the ball.
The absence of Harry Kane through injury has been regarded as something of a blessing by The Blues faithful propping up our bar, but they certainly should not be adopting a complacent attitude as Eriksen possesses the ability to single-handedly pick their defence apart. In Eriksen’s last 5 appearances against The Blues, he has scored 1 goal and assisted 6, so there’s no doubt he could be the difference between the two sides.
It must be considered that without Kane to latch onto the end of his passes, Eriksen may struggle to continue his brilliant record of assists against The Pensioners. However the likes of Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli and Erik Lamela are all capable of filling the void left by Kane and making intelligent runs in behind the defence, so Eriksen’s qualities will remain as useful as ever.
Tottenham have a brilliant opportunity to take a huge step towards qualifying for the Champions League this afternoon, so Eriksen simply has to bring the highest level of performance to Stamford Bridge. The fact that Kane is injured is undoubtedly a huge blow for Spurs to take, but they must forget about their talisman and begin silencing their doubters who dub them ‘the Harry Kane team’ by taking all three-points away from their clash against Chelsea.
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