He's still a kid - Pochettino backs Alli

Left back Rose held off fellow defender Davinson Sanchez during Thursday's training session

Goalkeeper Courtois did not feature for Belgium during the global break because of a hamstring problem, while defender Christensen was sent back by Denmark after struggling with muscle fatigue.

And Belgium manager Roberto Martinez admitted during the week that the player will need to play games ahead of the summer if he wants to feature in Russian Federation. We need to assess in the next few days.

A win for Spurs would take them eight points clear of Chelsea but a home victory would put the Blues just two points behind Spurs.

The blues have not done a league double over Tottenham since the 2005/06 season.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 27 home league matches against Spurs (W18 D9) since losing 2-1 in February 1990.

Tiemoue Bakayoko started the game against Leicester City and he has returned, but Ethan Ampadu is out for the season after fracturing his ankle in the UEFA Youth League victory over Real Madrid. If you look at their record in these games, you can't say they have.

Spurs haven't won at the Bridge in the Premier League and with Kane probably out, or at least surely not starting, their chances have been significantly lessened.

Willian's 13 goals in all competitions this season is his best return in a single campaign for Chelsea.




Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino says people should remember that midfielder Dele Alli is only 21-years-old and that while he has failed to reach the heights of last season he has a bright future ahead for club and country.

However, Chelsea realise the difficulty in convincing first choice Pochettino if they fail and believe they must qualify for the Champions League if they have any hope in bringing him to Stamford Bridge. "I consider him one of the best strikers in the world", said Conte.

"We'll try and recover Christensen but, otherwise, there is this possibility".

Elsewhere, league leader Manchester City will be affirming their status as the dominant team in England with an opportunity to maintain their healthy point gap over the others when they travel to Everton on Saturday. We think that they are good value considering Spurs will be without Kane.

"With Barkley, we are talking about a player that is coming back from a bad injury, seven months without playing".

"But I think the resolution was fantastic".

Easily one of the most exciting players in the Premier League, the Belgian is setting the standard for attacking players and is a joy to watch when in full flow.

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