Manchester United loss a wake-up call for Chelsea, says Gary Cahill

Manchester United loss a wake-up call for Chelsea, says Gary Cahill

Manchester United loss a wake-up call for Chelsea, says Gary Cahill

"We will play with a lot more confidence", Belgium global Vertonghen said when asked how the Tottenham side of March 2015 compares with the team today.

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has said that Premier League leaders Chelsea are under pressure, ahead of their trip to Manchester United this Sunday. In doing so, he became the first Spurs player to score at least 20 league goals in three successive seasons since Jimmy Greaves in the late 1960s.

Chelsea need to stabilise themselves after seeing their lead, which stood at 13 points after Gary Cahill's late victor at Stoke on March 18, whittled down to just four following the defeat at Old Trafford. But now I think you understand more our behaviour against Chelsea (when Spurs had nine players booked and lost Mousa Dembele to a six-game ban).

Decades of misery have been inflicted by a club they once lorded it over so victory at Wembley would not only heal some of the scars but also fuel belief that the Premier League title race could yet have a final twist.

Eddie Howe's men were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea only the weekend before, but Bournemouth defender Steve Cook insisted Spurs were the toughest team they had faced this term.

Chelsea's other games are against teams who have nothing - or probably will have nothing - to play for: Southampton, Watford, and finally Sunderland.

It's a nasty run-in, but all Tottenham can do is continue to turn the screws on Chelsea, while hoping that last season's collapse was a learning opportunity.

"Chelsea can still afford to drop points in a game and are still in front". The act earned the Belgian a six match band from the Football Association, one that stretched into the beginning of this season.

Some players learn from an experience like that but I thought that it was such a body blow for lads so young that they would not recover quickly enough to pick it up again this season. The league is open and we have a 50 per cent probability to win the league. But you only enjoy them if you win them.

"We are thinking about the league but if I'm in Tottenham's shoes, this week is all about the FA Cup and the chance for this team to get a trophy".

Spurs are looking very good - but they were last season too.

Several of Spurs' more disappointing performances this season have been at Wembley, which the club has used for European games, while White Hart Lane undergoes the first stages of redevelopment into a new 60,000-seat stadium.

"Liverpool are becoming Tottenham, think they're a big club but the real big clubs are not too anxious about them - who they buy, what they're going to do - that's the situation as it's become for Liverpool, even when I was there at the end".