Jamie Redknapp sends negative message to Chelsea supporters ahead of Tottenham clash
The former Spurs midfielder admits there is a negative atmosphere enveloping Chelsea ahead of Sunday's trip to Tottenham Hotspur
Jamie Redknapp believes there’s a negative atmosphere around Chelsea ahead of their clash against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The north London side will host the Premier League champions at Wembley for their first game since relocating to the national stadium.
Tottenham made a positive start to the 2017-18 season thanks to a 2-0 win against 10-man Newcastle United at St James’ Park last weekend.
Chelsea, on the other hand, endured a tough Saturday afternoon following a dramatic 3-2 loss to Burnley at Stamford Bridge in their season opener.
The west London side sold key midfielder Nemanja Matic to their direct title rivals Manchester United in a surprise £40m deal earlier this month.
Antonio Conte is thought to have grown increasingly frustrated at the lack of investment in the summer transfer window.
Chelsea have signed four players this summer but the defending champions have missed out on some key targets such as Romelu Lukaku.
Former Tottenham midfielder Redknapp admitted that he has been surprised by the negative atmosphere that has enveloped the Premier League champions.
“There’s a lot of negative energy around Chelsea. I’ve been so surprised by how they have managed this pre-season,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“When you don’t play in Europe you can afford to have a thin squad. But then you go into the Champions League, sell one of your best players in Matic and you have a problem with Costa, your main striker.
“They have weakened themselves when they should have been kicking on, it’s incredible, but this start had been coming after their preparations.
“Stamford Bridge should have been buzzing on Saturday but instead they were getting booed at half-time. It’s incredible how that can turn around so quickly but it seems to happen at Chelsea.
“As soon as the manager gets any power, that’s when it seems they chop him down. At the moment it looks like the club is almost undermining Conte.”
Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season after finishing seven points clear of Tottenham in the title race.