There is a bit of a buzz around the Tottenham Hotspur stadium right now. An ambitious summer transfer window has got the fans dreaming again, and although we are only one game in, that sense of togetherness between the fan base and the club seems to be back.
That is not something we as supporters have been able to say since Mauricio Pochettino was in charge if we are truly honest. That sense of harmony had seemed to have died a death, and if we look at the contrast in feelings between now and Nuno’s last game against Man United, the difference is nothing short of startling.
The opening day of the season went well overall. In a game where Tottenham conceded first they never really looked in any trouble, and it’s safe to say the team didn’t really get out of second gear. Ryan Sessegnon’s performance stood out, and he put the ribbon on a fine display with the equalising goal early on in the first half.
Now a bigger test awaits at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea away is always a hard place to go for Tottenham; I can only recall one away win there in my lifetime, which says a lot. Chelsea, no matter when we play them always seem to have the hoodoo over us. I believe they beat us 4 times last season; twice in the league and then twice over 2 legs in the Carabao Cup semi final. That is not something any Tottenham fan would like to see a repeat of.
Sunday wont be an easy game but I would personally be very surprised if Antonio Conte wasn’t expecting his team to go there and get a result this time around.
Now he has more strength and depth to his squad (although it must be noted that not everyone is at match fitness yet) I feel he would at least be expecting to take a point away from The Bridge. Richarlison has now served his one match ban and is available for selection. He can hopefully add a new dynamic to an already excellent front three that includes Kane, Son and the absolute revelation that has been Dejan Kulusevski.
Chelsea’s business this summer has flown under the radar a bit. Although they have lost an excellent centre back in Rudiger (and a few others players as well) , some of the signings they have made have been very shrewd. I still expect them to do well this season and by no means do I think Sunday’s game will be a walk in the park.
Sterling will always cause teams problems, and Tuchel is a top tier coach. Underestimating Chelsea would be about as daft as putting Harry Kane back on corner duty for England. I think most Spurs fans know how tough this game will be, even if there is a quiet optimism about the place at the moment.
Sunday is the first proper test of the season. In reality Tottenham should beat Southampton at home easily, and we will find out this weekend