Chelsea, who are unbeaten in their last ten games across all competitions host Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in a London derby on Sunday. The match provides a great opportunity for both clubs to underline their title credentials for this season. Chelsea have scored the most number of goals while Spurs have conceded the fewest as Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho face each other for the second time this season. Cesar Azpilicueta, who won the Premier League under Mourinho believes Chelsea are ready to prove they are best team in London this Sunday.
The Spain international was part of the Chelsea team that came back from 0-2 down to draw the game against Spurs in 2016 to knock them out of the title race and hand Leicester City the title. Although the game will be played behind closed doors, Azpilicueta feels there is a lot riding on Sunday’s game as both teams will try to establish themselves as title contenders. Speaking to The Telegraph the Chelsea right-back said “It’s one of those kinds of games when you usually feel a special atmosphere at the Bridge and that game in 2016, we were having a terrible season, we were losing 2-0 at half-time. But, in the second half, the electricity around the stadium. I think something clicked that day that even though we were not playing for anything, just to not let Tottenham win the league. It was not only the game, it was the title race as well that they were involved in.
Every year is different and we had a very good record against them until two or three seasons ago when we lost, but, hopefully, we can keep beating them at the Bridge. We always try to be the top team in London and we want to be at the top because that means we are the No 1s. That’s what we fight for. We are in good form and, hopefully, we can improve on last season and now reach higher levels.”
Sunday’s match will see Jose Mourinho return to Stamford Bridge where he won three Premier League titles with Chelsea, including one with Azpilicueta. However, Azpilicueta has played down the significance of Mourinho and said the team is focussed only on getting three points from the game. He added “That’s football. I think Jose has a great history in Chelsea, but, after, football moves on. We played against him when he was in Manchester United and now he’s in Tottenham.“