Martin Keown sends positive message to Tottenham about Chelsea clash
The Arsenal legend believes Tottenham Hotspur should be feeling confident about prospect of facing Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday
Martin Keown believes Tottenham Hotspur will face a vastly different Chelsea side at Wembley on Sunday to the Blues team that beat Spurs in the FA Cup last term.
The Premier League champions were 4-2 winners against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final back in April thanks to goals from Willian, Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic.
Harry Kane and Dele Alli got on the score sheet in the last-four clash but Spurs missed out on the chance to take on bitter north London rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup showpiece.
Chelsea made a disappointing start to the defence of their Premier League crown after a surprise 3-2 loss to Burnley in their opener at Stamford Bridge.
Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas were sent off to leave Chelsea without the experienced duo for Sunday’s clash against Tottenham this weekend.
Tiemoue Bakayoko, Eden Hazard and Pedro Rodriguez are all expected to be sidelined for the London derby.
Tottenham, on the other hand, were 2-0 winners against 10-man Newcastle United in their Premier League opener at St James’ Park last weekend.
Former Arsenal defender Keown believes Spurs should be feeling positive about the prospect of facing a very different Chelsea side at Wembley for the second time in 2017.
“Getting off to a good start will help!” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“Yes, Tottenham were beaten by Chelsea just four months ago at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-finals but that was a different Chelsea team.
“Chelsea won that game by unleashing Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas from the bench but, for a combination of reasons, none of them will be playing on Sunday.
“The fans can make it feel like home by turning Wembley into a cauldron of noise.
“I went to White Hart Lane a couple of times in the last two seasons and was struck by the warmth generated by the Tottenham fans.
“There is a feeling at everyone at the club is part of something special — and they must generate that same feeling on Sunday.”