Tottenham v Chelsea FA Cup Semi Final Preview

A huge game for both clubs here as Tottenham and Chelsea battle it out at Wembley for a place in this season’s FA Cup final. Neither some comes into the match in outstanding form but Chelsea should arguably be the favourites when you consider Tottenham have only managed one victory in their last seven league games and looked woeful in the defeat at the hands of Norwich City on Monday. Will Harry Redknapp be able to pick his players up and get them playing the brand of football that was so engaging earlier in the campaign?

I was at the game on Monday and it was painful viewing. We did have opportunities and enough of the ball to have at least got a point but we just weren’t at the races. I really thought we had turned the corner after the results against Bolton, Swansea and Sunderland but this was nothing like the Tottenham that was mounting a realistic challenge for the title just a few months ago. Maybe some of the players had their minds on this upcoming semi final encounter, maybe they are jaded after a long season, or maybe this is the same old Tottenham we have know for the past couple of decades, flattering to deceive.

The one thing that may work in Tottenham’s favour is the fact Chelsea have a massive game at Stamford Bridge against Barcelona just a few days after this match. I’m not saying they will be looking past us but the thought of facing Messi and co with a Champions League final place at stake will likely be a lot more important to the majority of their squad than the FA Cup. None of them are going to want to get injured and this could well prove all important in what is likely to be a tight and nervy contest.

As far as a bet on the game goes, I’d struggle to part with my hard earned cash to back Tottenham on their current run but if I had to have a wager, it would be backing Spurs to win inside the ninety minutes.

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  1. MAy I congratulate you, sir, on the lamest product placement I’ve ever seen.

  2. What has happened at Tottenham is that the big players in the team have gone missing. When has Modric been MOM for the side. Van der Vaart does not find the net so often now. Adebayor is OK but again needs to hit the net more often with the chances he gets.Gareth Bale is not so commanding as he was last year.Kaubol always looks like he has a mistake in him. The only players who warrents praise over the past month is Parker who really nullifies teams and Defoe who has not moaned when he is not in the team even though he looks more likely to score than Saha and has been put down the pecking order. I have been to see Spurs several times this year and they use to get after teams earlier in the season with intensity. You dont really see that now. Blame the hard season but at my workplace I am expected to perform the same on my paltry wage for the whole year so if they are burnt out the fringe players should be given the chance as they must be able to perform. I am not a fan of Man Utd but they know what it takes to win with the mentality and focus in the latter parts of the season to pull away. They do it consistantly where credit has to go to Ferguson and his team as this is what makes the difference as they are not a team of world beaters

  3. Rob, thank you.

    Carlos, I take your point about being tired, I really think it’s a poor excuse. Look at Fulham the amount of games they have played. Clint Dempsey doesn’t look tired. It’s disappointing at the moment but I’m going to wait till the end of the season to pass any kind of judgement. It can all change so quickly as we have seen.

  4. Chelsea players should be more concerned with the champions league match and some of them might even be rested or subbed early. Tottenham should win, it will be good for their confidence too.

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