Tottenham host Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The former Arsenal defender said: “Historically, this has always been a very good fixture for Chelsea but I think that’s changed and Tottenham could do some real damage this weekend. If Tottenham have designs on the top four then they need to look at this as an absolutely crucial game. They are reaching consistency in their results and performances and a win could finish off Chelsea’s aspirations of making the Champions League. Tottenham will have to work hard mentally to overcome that obstacle [of playing on Thursday] and if they want to win they must start really well against Chelsea. It should be a cracking game.”
Not only do Spurs look like a team with aspirations for the top four and the Champions League, but they actually look like potential title contenders.
One way to further prove these credentials would be to defeat Chelsea on Sunday, as they are existing champions, and beating them would surely open up that fourth Champions League spot.
The Blues are already off the pace, and a loss to Spurs would put a severe dent in their hopes of somehow getting back into the top four.
Last season, Spurs proved themselves as being able to match up against Chelsea in the mesmerising 5-3 win over the Blues at White Hart Lane, and Keown believes that the Lilywhites could do the same sort of damage this time around.
They are now consistent enough to continue impressive performances every single week, and if they play against the Blues as they did against West Ham last weekend, Chelsea will struggle to contain them.
They have been so short on form this season, and even their victory over Norwich last weekend was hardly convincing.
Tottenham’s high pressing is far too intense for Chelsea to deal with, and it is hard to disagree with Keown’s view that Spurs could do some real damage to this current Chelsea team.