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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea: match thread & how to watch

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Back-to-back defeats have Spurs heading in a bad direction.

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Life is not good in North London. Tottenham Hotspur has suffered defeats in both of its previous outings, and it does not get any easier with a London Derby next up on the schedule. Calls for Jose Mourinho’s job are getting louder and louder, and at this point it is hard to blame the frustrated supporters.

Spurs still have plenty to play for this season, which is likely going to be stated many times over the next month or so. However, there needs to be marked improvements on both ends of the pitch if there is going to be any sort of prizes by the end of the season. With no reinforcements coming during the January transfer window, the squad on hand will bear the burden.

Though Spurs have struggled recently, they still are in a better place than Chelsea, who went ahead and replaced Frank Lampard with Thomas Tuchel. The teams enter Thursday level on points (though Tottenham has a game in hand); November’s contest at Stamford Bridge ended in a 0-0 draw after Spurs eked out a League Cup win on penalties in September.

Most pundits praised Mourinho after draw in November, claiming his side should feel good about putting together another strong defensive performance. Those feelings have quickly dissipated, as Tottenham’s problems on defense cannot simply be fixed by a formation change. A loss this evening could mean big changes are on their way.

Lineups

How to Watch

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Time: 3:00 p.m. ET, 8:00 p.m. BT
Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
TV: none (USA), BT Sport 1 (UK)
Streaming: Peacock Premium (USA), BTSport.com (UK)

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