Moises Caicedo is looking forward to Thursday evening’s Premier League match against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and has given his view on Chelsea’s continuing development under Mauricio Pochettino.

Any time Chelsea and Tottenham go head to head in a London derby, it is a match to get excited about. When the two teams meet at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening, though, there is added motivation for the Blues due to this being a game in hand over the teams above us in the race for European qualification.

Seventh place in the Premier League table looks most likely to be the cut-off point on that front – dependant on the outcome of the FA Cup final – and a victory over Spurs would close the gap to the current occupier, Newcastle United, to just two points with four games remaining.

With such an important match also representing the latest chapter of the rivalry between Chelsea and Tottenham, played under the floodlights in front of a home crowd at the Bridge, it is understandably a clash Moises Caicedo is looking forward to.

‘It’s a massive derby,’ said Caicedo. ‘I hope I am going to play and it would be amazing to play against them and show our football. Win that game and it would be amazing for us.’

If head coach Mauricio Pochettino lines up as expected against Spurs, Caicedo will continue to be partnered with Conor Gallagher in midfield, although the trio that has operated for much of the season has been broken up by the injury which ruled Enzo Fernandez out for the rest of 2023/24.

‘Conor is like a machine, you know? I like to play alongside Conor and Enzo. With Conor, he has different characteristics,’ added Moises.

‘Enzo is more an offensive player and Conor is more defensive and he helps me a lot when we need to recover the ball. It’s amazing to play with both of them.’

Chelsea take on Tottenham off the back of a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa, when a much-improved second-half performance left us unlucky not to take all three points, despite being two goals down at half-time.

The Blues will be hoping that improvement continues on Thursday and, under the guidance of Pochettino, Caicedo believes the only way is up, both in the final weeks of the season and the future.

‘There have been quite a few highs and lows this season, but I am very happy to be here at a great club.

‘It’s a very young squad and I am sure that next season will be better than this one.

‘He [Pochettino] has done a lot for us. We are a very young team and he has taught us a lot.

‘We have a lot to work on still. As I said, we are a young team, but we will keep learning little by little and adapting to everything he is telling us.’

Hopefully it will be another of this season’s high points which arrives on Thursday evening when Spurs visit the Bridge.