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2023/24 English Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Monday, 6 November 2023
Kick-off is at 20h00
Tottenham's fifth London derby of the season pits then against Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the final Premier League
match of the 11th round on Monday, November 6.
Spurs have made a flying start to the campaign under new head coach Ange Postecoglou, who has guided them to the top of the table after 10 matches.
The North Londoners beat cross-town rivals Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park on October 27 to remain two points clear of the chasing pack.
Arsenal (2nd), Manchester City (3rd) Liverpool (4th) and Aston Villa (5th) also won their respective games last time out to maintain the status quo in the top five.
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The Blues have experienced a topsy-turvy start to life under Mauricio Pochettino, who has recorded three wins, three draws and four defeats in his first 10 matches at the helm.
A 2-0 loss to West London neighbours Brentford halted a three-game unbeaten run and left them 14 points off the league summit in 11th position.
Cole Palmer will be key to unlocking a Tottenham defence that has conceded just nine goals thus far. The attacking midfielder ran the show against the Bees and picked out Marc Cucurella and Raheem Sterling with two delightful passes into the box, although neither of them were able to capitalise. He has already registered two goals and one assist since making the switch from Manchester City on transfer deadline day.
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James Maddison really appears to be enjoying his time at Spurs and was heavily involved in their two goals against the Eagles. The midfielder's pressing forced the hosts to concede a throw-in and his drilled ball across the face of goal was turned in by Joe Ward. Maddison then linked up well with Brennan Johnson in the final third, which resulted in the Welshman teeing up Son Heung-Min to double their lead.
Pochettino bemoaned the inability of his players to take their chances against Brentford, who scored twice in the second half out of nothing to snatch all three points.
"The analysis is clear because in the first half we should score and we didn't score," the Argentine said. "That's easy. When you dominate and create chances, don't concede chances, and the opponent doesn't cross the halfway line, you should score.
"If you don't score, you need blame yourself. So we blame ourselves because we were not nasty and clinical in front of the goal. Sometimes you need some luck too and if that happens, it changes the game in the second half.
"We kept the belief even though we didn't score but in the second half we can't concede this type of goal. It is our mistake and that is why we lose the game."
Postecoglou highlighted the persistence of his players as a key component to achieving victory against Palace and praised the defence for keeping them in the game, particularly Guglielmo Vicario, who made a couple of outstanding saves.
"I thought the lads handled it really well, stayed focused, played our football, waited for our opportunities, took them when they came, and our defensive work was outstanding as well," he told SPURSPLAY.
"In games like this, it's persistence that will get you the result, and we had to be persistent in terms of making runs where you don't get the ball, but waiting for the opportunity where we did.
"Credit to the lads. That was during our most dominant period and our football was excellent. Palace had to open up and put some pressure on us and we handled it well. This was a real challenge for us and I liked the way we went about it."
Head-to-Head (Last Five Premier League Meetings)
Matches - 5
Tottenham - 1
Chelsea - 3
Draws - 1
Premier League Matchday 11 fixtures:
Saturday, November 4
12h30: Fulham v Manchester United
15h00: Brentford v West Ham United
15h00: Burnley v Crystal Palace
15h00: Everton v Brighton & Hove Albion
15h00: Manchester City v Bournemouth
15h00: Sheffield United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
17h30: Newcastle United v Arsenal
Sunday, November 5
14h00: Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa
16h30: Luton Town v Liverpool
Monday, November 6
20h00: Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
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