Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte hopes his team have learned from their previous two matches against Chelsea, as they prepare to meet in the Premier League on Sunday (Chelsea 4/5, Draw 11/4, Tottenham 4/1 – match result).
The two sides will meet for the third time this month after Chelsea beat Tottenham in both legs of their EFL Cup semi-final.
Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners at Stamford Bridge, before beating Spurs 1-0 in north London on January 12th.
So, while the Blues are planning another trip to Wembley, Spurs are now looking to try and regroup and reignite their top-four charge.
Spurs (6/4 – to finish in the top four) are sixth in the table and two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, but Conte’s side have played three games less than the Red Devils.
A win on Sunday could see them climb into the top four before the international break, and Conte hopes his team can show they have improved since the first two meetings.
He told reporters: “We know very well that we are going to play against a really strong team.
“Don’t forget Chelsea won the Champions League, now they’re in the final of the Carabao Cup, so we’re talking about a really good team. I don’t know if this is the right moment.
“We have our problems with many injuries, but for sure we want to try to give our best against Chelsea. They have beaten us in the last two games, and we have to try to learn something about the past to try to improve to try and give our best.”
Chelsea are still without Trevoh Chalobah, Ben Chilwell, Andreas Christensen and Reece James through injury, while Edouard Mendy remains on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.
Tottenham defender Eric Dier is fit after recovering from a muscular injury, but Son Heung-Min and Cristian Romero are not likely to return until after the international break.