Spurs v Chelsea: London derby will revive memories of 2015

David Johnstone from cfcuk hopes that Chelsea's new recruits will understand the significance of this fixture.

David Johnstone

Chelsea travel to North London on Tuesday to face Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup 4th Round.

This, after Frank Lampard’s men saw Barnsley off with a 6-0 3rd Round victory while their hosts Spurs were given a bye which enabled them to reach this stage of the competition without playing in the previous round due to their ‘should have been’ opponents Orient not meeting Covid-19 regulations.

This will be the eleventh meeting between the two sides in this competition, although six of the games have been both ties in two-legged semi-finals as was the case in 2019.

Going a goal behind after a 1-0 defeat at Spurs’ temporary home, Chelsea fought their way to the final following a 2-1 victory in a second-leg last-four tie at Stamford Bridge – securing another trip to Wembley for a meeting with Manchester City after winning the resulting penalty shoot-out.

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Wembley Stadium

Having lost 2-1 to Spurs in the 2008 League Final, Chelsea gained their revenge in 2015 when they won 2-1 and lifted the trophy, the goals coming courtesy of Diego Costa and John Terry.

Appearing in their seventh final, it was the fifth time Chelsea’s name was inscribed upon the League Cup.

Last season, Chelsea met Spurs twice and won on both occasions.

Having won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge when Marcos Alonso and Olivier Giroud scored for The Blues, a brace notched by Willian gave Frank Lampard’s Chelsea an extremely well-received 2-0 win.

Following Chelsea’s 3-3 draw away at West Bromwich Albion, Frank Lampard, his players and it seems, an unnecessarily and overly critical mass of social media ‘fans’ who seem to also double up as tactical experts will all be hoping for a win.

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With Tottenham being the opponents, a victory will be all the more satisfying.

Hopefully, those involved with the players and understand the rivalry between Chelsea and Spurs will have instructed the new recruits who may not necessarily realise its importance and the significance of the fixture.

Ordinarily, it would be Willy Caballero who would start between the sticks but, following his arrival from Rennes, this game may well mark the Chelsea debut of Edouard Mendy.

Whatever happens and as always, as far as I’m concerned, it’s ‘Win or lose, Up Frank Lampard’s Blues!’

Meanwhile and as I have in every game they played so far this season, I will be placing a moderate sum from my ever decreasing betting fund on Timo Werner to get his first Chelsea goal.

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About the Author

David JohnstoneLondoner David Johnstone is a home, away and European away Chelsea supporter and has missed just six matches since 2001 (although he’s quick to state there are plenty of other supporters with better attendance records than him).

He has been involved with the fanzine scene at Chelsea since around 1991 and started the ‘cfcuk’ fanzine in 1999 which was, until Mr Abramovich bought the club in 2003, named ‘Matthew Harding’s Blue And White Army’.

David was also responsible for forming both the Chelsea Supporters’ Group and the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust which are the main two bodies that represent the followers of Chelsea FC and take their concerns to those running the club.

A founder of the highly regarded Chelsea FanCast weekly podcast (but is no longer involved) and responsible for the crowd surfing banners and supporter displays that are seen in the Matthew Harding Stand at Stamford Bridge on matchdays.

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