By Harry Sykes
Chelsea should once again ignore the credentials of Willian and stick with an unchanged team for Saturday’s showdown against Tottenham.
The west Londoners go into the clash at Stamford Bridge against their bitter rivals as favourites after a run of six consecutive Premier League wins.
Antonio Conte’s side have scored 15 goals and conceded none during a sequence of electrifying displays that has lifted them to the top of the table.
The Italian’s switch to a 3-4-3 formation has reaped immense dividends during a run in which he has stuck with an unchanged side.
Conte must ignore the Brazilian attacking midfield pair Willian and Oscar and stick with the starting XI that has served the team so well during their climb to the Premier League summit.
Pedro and Gary Cahill are the most vulnerable players in the Chelsea side but both have acquitted themselves well over the past two months.
The Spaniard’s pace and mobility has stretched defences in a way that workaholic Willian seems unable to do consistently, although the Brazilian’s work ethic and set piece expertise offers an alluring alternative.
Nevertheless, Pedro deserves to stay in the side and build upon his impressive tally of two goals and five assists from 11 Premier League matches this season.
The rest of the Chelsea team must remain intact in a showdown that promises to be an excellent test of their title credentials against the Premier League’s only unbeaten side.
In other Chelsea news, Tottenham have made a formal complaint about a senior Blues figure.