TOTTENHAM Hotspur haven’t beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since 1990.
The two sides do battle in a crucial Premier League clash on Monday morning (AEDT) which could blow the race for Champions League qualification wide open.
Spurs are currently five points clear of Antonio Conte’s side with eight matches to play in the top flight – they haven’t won away at Chelsea in 27 attempts, but a drought busting victory would go a long way to securing a coveted top four spot come seasons end.
Since their 2-1 victory in February 1990, a lot has happened.
The Blues have had 22 different managers, Conte was still playing football himself, just 11 members of Chelsea’s first team were born and John Terry has won 17 trophies!
But none of that will matter when the sides line up on Monday morning, according to Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.
“It will be a massive game for both teams,” said Pochettino. “When you play this type of game, the pressure is for both teams. History is history and is there, but it is not going to help. That is not what counts.
“Of course there is still a lot of games to play, this is not a final, this is not a decisive game, but always it is important for your confidence, your motivation. To win in Chelsea would be fantastic for everyone.”
Pochettino’s side are unbeaten in the league since December 16, while Chelsea have lost two of their last three.
And the away team could be boosted by the return of star striker Harry Kane, with the Argentinean boss suggesting his top scorer was a chance to return from the ankle ligament injury he suffered earlier this month.
“We need to assess, there is still a few days to the game. It’s difficult now to say yes or no to be involved in the game,” Pochettino said.
Meanwhile Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is in doubt for the clash, after suffering a hamstring injury just before the international break – meaning Willy Caballero could start.
Danish cente-back Andreas Christensen could also miss out, after being sent home from international duty due to fatigue – fellow defender David Luiz has also been ruled out with a knee injury.
Spurs’ 25 games without a win at Stamford Bridge is the most any side has played on a single ground without a win in the Premier League.