Robbie Savage: Spurs need same again v Chelsea

The BBC Sport pundit feels Nemanja Matic won't be as much of a miss for Chelsea as some make out.

Robbie Savage feels Tottenham Hotspur need to adopt the same gameplan as they did on New Year's Day to beat Chelesa at Wembley on Sunday, according to BBC Sport.

The north London side face the Blues in the Capital One Cup final to contest the first silverware of the season and Mauricio Pochettino's side will know they are up against the toughest of opponents in the Premier League leaders.

But they will also remember their 5-3 win over Chelsea on New Year's Day - and Savage feels Spurs need to adopt exactly the same tactics as they did on that occasion.

Jose Mourinho's men will be without Nemanja Matic through suspension but the BBC Sport pundit feels the Chelsea midfielder will not be too much of a miss as he was a weak link against Tottenham in the league.

Whoever replaces him, though, Savage feels Spurs need to try to get him out of position all the same - and expose the lack of pace within Chelsea's back four.

"Matic did not make the difference on that occasion," the Welshman said.

"Christian Eriksen pulled him all over the place to take him out of position, exposing Chelsea's lack of pace when John Terry and Gary Cahill are at centre-half.

"Trying to do exactly the same again is Tottenham's best bet, which could lead to another very open game - there have been an average of more than four goals in each of their last seven meetings since 2012."

Kick-off on Sunday afternoon is 4pm British Time and a thrilling cup final lies in wait. The last time Spurs faced Chelsea in a League Cup final, they triumphed in extra-time during the 2008 tournament.

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