Spurs must swap Stambouli for Lennon to end Chelsea’s dominance

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It has been 14 years since Tottenham visited Chelsea in the league and won. Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U topped the charts on February 10th 1990, when Gary Lineker bagged the winner at Stamford Bridge, the day before Nelson Mandela was due to be released from prison.

Since then it has been nothing but heartache for the north London club, who have endured 24 league trips across the capital without any joy.

Smiles aren’t likely to spread across Spurs faces for the latest trip, with the unbeaten Blues rated at 4/9 by Ladbrokes to win the game.

Still, if Sunderland, the same Sunderland that shipped eight Southampton, can be the first team in the league to stop Chelsea scoring, then Spurs, can be the first to beat them.

For it to happen, Mauricio Pochettino must get his team selection spot on and if he’s fretting about any tough decisions, then looking at the below graphic may help:

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Naming an unchanged side after watching an aggressive, energetic win over Everton last time out must be very tempting, but it simply isn’t possible.

That’s not just because Vlad Chiriches picked up a knock against the Toffees and is a fitness doubt, but because an extra man in the middle of the park is necessary to stifle Chelsea’s creative hub, Cesc Fabregas.

Therefore using Benjamin Stambouli as chief pest as far as the Spanish former Gunner is concerned is of the upmost importance and will allow Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb to charge up the field enforcing The Pochettino Press.

Setting up in a diamond will allow Christian Eriksen to start in a central attacking area from the outset, where he thrives, and harnesses the surging confidence of strike pair Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado.

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