Gary Cahill delivers verdict ahead of Tottenham v Chelsea cup showdown
By Dominic Toner
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill believes that his side’s FA Cup clash against Tottenham on Saturday will have no impact on the Premier League title race.
The two sides will meet in an FA Cup semi-final match, while Manchester City face Arsenal in the other half of the draw.
Chelsea and Spurs will put aside their league rivalry to try boost their chances of cup silverware this season.
The London rivals are also competing for the Premier League title this campaign and the Blues have a four-point cushion at the top of the table.
Cahill does not feel that there will be any psychological edge in the title race for the winners of the cup meeting at the weekend, claiming that it’s a completely separate competition.
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“Saturday will have nothing to do with the League,” Cahill told the Evening Standard. “In my head, I don’t think it will have any impact. It is purely a Cup game.
“Tottenham are in fantastic form, as we have been for 95 per cent of the season. For the neutral it’s a fantastic game and for us it’s a great opportunity to go into a final.”
Spurs appear to have all the momentum in the title race and have managed to close the gap to the leaders, having won their last seven consecutive top flight games.
They will be confident ahead of their cup showdown after beating Chelsea 2-0 in the previous meeting this season at White Hart Lane.
However, Antonio Conte’s side won the reverse fixtures 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and England’s top two teams seem evenly matched.
Spurs have not won any silverware since the League Cup in the 2007/08 season and Mauricio Pochettino will hope to end that duck this season, whether it be the Premier League or FA Cup.
In other Tottenham news, Jamie Carragher has delivered his verdict on the club’s title hopes.