Graeme Le Saux: What I've noticed about Chelsea ahead of Tottenham clash

Chelsea's steady season has been rocked recently, with defeats to Crystal Palace and Manchester United in the Premier League shrinking the gap between themselves and Tottenham.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has said that he is "100%" certain that the club are on course to end their wait for a trophy under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

"There is a moment you have to finish considering yourself an underdog". "He is a great captain, the problem is that John wants to play regularly and for this reason we have to respect his decision", Conte added.

"Tottenham are a really great power in English football, they are working for three years".

"This is the third year for them (under Pochettino)".

Tottenham tweeted: "Both teams will wear black armbands during tomorrow's FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley to mark the sad passing of our U23 coach Ugo Ehiogu". This clash between Tottenham and Chelsea won't have any direct Premier League table implications, but the result should reverberate throughout England.

Cahill has been ruled out sick with a virus after falling ill at the Cobham Training Centre and had to be rushed to the hospital. "When Gary arrived at training on Tuesday he had a bit of a fever and a doctor preferred to bring him to hospital and check his condition", Conte said. If Chelsea line up as we all expect, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen will find a lot of space which they will make good use of.

"They are very good, for me maybe the strongest in the Premier League from the opponents we have faced this season", the 28-year old said. Chelsea also have some monsters and play like a monster like N'Golo Kante. In this system the right position (for Terry) is in the middle of the three central defenders.

Pochettino heaped a little more pressure on Antonio Conte's men by claiming their wealth of experience makes them favourites on Saturday, but he was quick to remind the Blues his own group are on the verge of fulfilling their potential.

And Chelsea midfielder Matic feels they have been the most hard opponents of the campaign.

Asked whether success could only be measured in terms of trophies, Pochettino offered an interesting perspective in the build-up to Saturday's Wembley showdown. Yes, you can win titles - but with which teams? But with which teams?

"It is normal to win titles with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, maybe Juventus, Porto in Portugal". Look at Barcelona with Pep (Guardiola), with Tito Vilanova, with (Frank) Rijkaard, with Luis Enrique.

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