Commenting on Tottenham's third defeat in 18 days to Chelsea last January, Antonio Conte, for whom competition was minimal, admitted painfully: "This club on another level
That is an uncontrollable statement. Conte's side fell short in all three matches, scoring none of them.
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A lack of goals has been a frequent theme in Tottenham's recent encounters with London rivals.
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You may have watched the whole All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur follow-up to documentary Son Heung-min Sonsational & have some free time since Spurs' last goal against Blues.
It was scored by Erik Lamela during a Carabao Cup match in September 2020 - a match more memorable for Eric Dier's mid-game tackle than a rare former s___house strike. Spurs.
While Tottenham's last goal against Chelsea was quite a while ago, their last victory in 90 minutes feels like it happened in another life.
Since the 1-0 win in January 2019, Spurs have not beaten Chelsea in allotment time, a streak spanning 11 games.
A little has happened since then; Seven games started that night since kick-off, as did manager Mauricio Pochettino, and that game was at Wembley with Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Given the one-sided nature of the game and the fact that Chelsea have spent more than £200m on famous stars Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly
Marc Cucurella, since he finished the season against Spurs. In the group stage, one can doubt that they are the right candidate to prolong Spurs' misery this weekend.
Chelsea were the sniper during transfer window under Marina Granovskaia, but this summer's approach has been famously fragmented, Sterling & Koulibaly appear to be smart signings.
Thomas Tuchel's position seems secure, but for the first time in his tenure at Chelsea, there are whispers of discontent.
On the other hand, his full-back system that employs Reece James and Ben Chilwell as broad-minded playmakers has proved almost unstoppable;
On the another side, there is little evidence of an effective plan B when one or both of these duos are not available.
And unlike Conte, he has yet to find magic bullet as he approaches a century in charge. Many have been tested, but only Mason Mount & Kai Havertz have shown real consistency.