Tony Cascarino: This is how Tottenham can beat Chelsea
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham’s full-backs are key to them ending Chelsea’s remarkable winning run, according to Tony Cascarino.
The Sky Sports pundit and former Stamford Bridge striker is convinced that Kyle Walker and Danny Rose can give Mauricio Pochettino’s side the edge in Wednesday’s titanic tussle between the bitter London rivals.
Right-back Walker is expected to be recalled to the Spurs starting XI after missing the 4-1 demolition of Watford on Sunday due to suspension, with Rose certain to start on the left side of the defence.
The counterparts of the Tottenham pair in the Chelsea team are Victor Moses, who has thrived in right wing-back role this season, and ex-Sunderland ace Marcos Alonso, who has been equally successful as left wing-back.
Cascarino believes the in-form quartet will have a big say in the outcome of the showdown at White Hart Lane.
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“Full backs are a key part of the attacking game plan for Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, so their players in those positions will have a big say in the outcome of tonight’s match,” Cascarino wrote in the Times.
“I would give Kyle Walker and Danny Rose the edge over Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso, but there isn’t much between them.
“The Spurs pair have great energy and can run up and down the flanks all day. Mauricio Pochettino switched from two to three centre backs for his win away to Watford on Sunday, but Walker and Rose can thrive in either system. Walker likes to run round the outside of the opposition’s full back, whereas Rose comes inside more, driving towards the penalty area.”
Rose and Walker have been integral members of the Spurs team since Pochettino took over as manager in the summer of 2014.
The England internationals have thrived in the Argentine’s system, which allows both players to bomb forward and be key attacking assets.
Walker has made 21 appearances in all competitions this season, supplying four assists, while Rose has played in 17 matches, scoring two goals and providing four assists.
Spurs are 10 points adrift of Chelsea heading into Wednesday’s clash, but can blow the title race wide open if they can end the visitors’ sequence of 13 consecutive Premier League wins.