PMB: Tottenham v Chelsea - talking points

It's a familiar venue for our first away game of the season but in new circumstances. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton begin their build-up to our latest trip to Wembley...
 

TALKING POINTS

Having lost our opening league fixture for the first time since 1998, and at home, the appearance of Tottenham in the ‘next up’ column serves as an inspiration as well as a challenge.

We have won more Premier League games (26) and scored more Premier League goals (92) against Tottenham than against any other opponent. Yet the Lilywhites are not just local rivals, but also challengers aiming to claim the champions’ crown.

It should bring out the best in the Blues, whose qualities were evident in adversity through most of the second half against Burnley. The 10 men roared back to 3-2 and were a hair’s breadth away from a sensational equaliser.

Our recent meetings have carried weight. It was Chelsea who curtailed Spurs’ unbeaten start last season and ended their title hopes the previous campaign. Another outstanding performance will be required on Sunday in the first-ever league match at the national stadium – and no-one wants a third defeat there in a matter of months.
 

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