By Noel Whelan

19th Sep, 2021 | 1:45pm

Tottenham head into Chelsea clash at major disadvantage after 'surprise' Nuno blunder - Whelan

Noel Whelan claims Tottenham are going into today’s game against Chelsea at a disadvantage after their 2-2 draw with Rennes through the week.

The former Leeds striker exclusively told Football Insider he was surprised to see Nuno Espirito Santo name such a strong lineup on Thursday.

Spurs were bailed out by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s late leveller as they kicked off their Europa Conference League campaign with a draw.

Nuno names Harry Kane, Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura in his team.

Moura and Bergwijn both picked up injuries during the game and had to come off while Kane played 54 minutes.

Speaking about the injuries after the game Nuno Espirito Santo is quoted by Eurosport as saying Moura’s injury “feels really bad”.

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Whelan claims some players, including Kane, will still be tired when they line up against Chelsea later today.

“It was a very strong side in my eyes,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Though I do think there was an element of having one eye on the game against Chelsea.

“I was surprised Kane played and I think Nuno thought that would get them a good start and a few goals.

“Then maybe you can take your big players off at half time. Obviously, that didn’t happen and we saw what happened with the injuries.

“There could be an element of tiredness against Chelsea for that reason.

“There are no easy games in Europe, it’s a different calibre. Some of the younger players got a sniff of it but they should have won.

“They would have done with that win for a bit of confidence after the Palace result.

“At the end of the day you would take a point away from home in Europe and I think they will get the three points in the return fixture.”

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