The Blues suffered a surprising defeat to Spurs on New Years Day, losing 5-3 in a Premier League tie that showed some major frailties in the Chelsea ranks. Harry Kane and Nacer Chadli excelled for the Lilywhites, and, although the Blues have since recovered to re-open a five point gap at the top of the league table, the defeat created a sense that the West Londoner’s could be beaten by a strong display.
With both league fixtures out of the way involving Chelsea and Spurs, there is only one more chance for the London rivals to meet again this season. With Chelsea already booking their place in the League Cup Final by defeating Liverpool over the two-legged semi-final, Jose Mourinho’s side will likely face Spurs at Wembley at the beginning of March.
The Lilywhites face League One side Sheffield United in the second leg of their semi-final tonight, and, although holding a one-goal advantage against a team two divisions below them, the Blades have proven themselves to be a great cup team recently, and the chance of an upset is always there.
Even though Chelsea would be given an easier task if they were to be playing Sheffield United in the final, Eden Hazard has told the Standard that it would be nice to play Tottenham to get revenge over them for that league defeat earlier this season.
When asked if he would like to play Spurs, the Belgian winger said: “Yes, to get revenge — it would be good. Although it doesn’t matter if it’s Tottenham or Sheffield United, we have to win the final.”
Hazard also gave some thoughts on playing at Wembley, having yet to play a cup final at England’s premier ground.
“I have played at Wembley with Belgium and with Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, which we lost 2-1,” he added. “It’s always good to play in this stadium. The stadium is very good, very big and if you like playing football, you want to play at this ground.”