Sunday sees two of the fiercest rivals in England go head-to-head once more as Tottenham host Chelsea in the Premier League. The London-based clubs have had a number of heated battles in recent years, and this weekend’s clash could be a tasty one again as both sides look to get one over the other.
And according to The Athletic, the duo do not exactly see eye-to-eye.
They claim that the pair have developed a frosty relationship down the years, and would only ever communicate via email rather than face-to-face or over the phone.
They add that it would be highly unlikely that the two would be seen making small talk at Sunday’s match, with one source adding: “What you have is two people in Marina and Daniel who are particularly tough. If you had the two of them negotiating… I don’t think anyone would know which way it’s going to go.”
Chelsea will be the strong favourites for the game, and Blues boss Thomas Tuchel said he was looking forward to the encounter.
“It is always a good time to play Tottenham as it is a big match and rivalry,” he said. “It is one of the matches you want to play.
“We had a recovery day yesterday and now have two training sessions. It is good for us, it is an advantage.”
Nuno Espirito Santo, meanwhile, seemed downbeat on his Spurs’ sides chances following their latest injury crisis.
Spurs are likely to be missing a number of key players through injury, with Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn the latest to pick up knocks.
And the Portuguese manager said of the disruption: “It’s been terrible. I must be honest. Let’s not hide behind nothing. After the Watford game, everything that has happened has not been very good for us.
“But this is football and we know it’s a moment we have to overcome. Today, we tried to show the players solutions, thinking about the game on Sunday. But it’s about overcoming obstacles. That will make us stronger for the future, for sure.”
Asked about whether Moura and Bergwijn will be available against Chelsea, he added: “I cannot tell you. They are being taken care of by the medical department.
“But it’s been tough. It feels painful, it feels really bad.”