EPL: Tottenham Hotpur v Chelsea preview


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Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says the Premier League champions must try to emulate Tottenham Hotspur.


Tottenham, who are now in their fourth season under Mauricio Pochettino, have challenged for the title in the last two campaigns, only for Leicester City and then Chelsea to triumph. And Conte says he has huge admiration for the Spurs manager's work.

"I think Tottenham is doing a great job in these years," Conte said. "I think Pochettino is doing a great job. He created a good foundation for his club. "I think we must do the same, because now we don't have this base, this foundation, like Tottenham. Now we don't have this. We need time. Chelsea needs time to work, to improve, to create this. "We must have patience to build something important for the present, but above all for the future."

There was some good news for Conte after it emerged that midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko could make his Blues debut at the home of football following a knee injury. "He's not at the top of physical condition, but he could be in contention for the game because at this moment I don't have other midfielders available," Conte said.

However, this match has come too soon for Eden Hazard to feature after the Belgian broke his ankle while on international duty in June. "We must have patience with him," Conte said of the playmaker. His opposite number, meanwhile, has challenged his players to make Wembley home and insists their poor record at the national stadium is nothing to do with the unfamiliar surroundings.

Wembley will play host to Spurs this season as their new stadium on the site of White Hart Lane is completed - and Sunday afternoon's fixture with their London rivals will be the first Premier League match to be staged there.

Pochettino's side had a woeful record at Wembley last term as they played their ill-fated Champions League campaign under the arch, losing to Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen before beating CSKA Moscow having already been eliminated.

That poor form saw Spurs drop into the Europa League - and they were dumped out of that competition after being held to a draw at Wembley by Gent. Since beating Chelsea in the 2008 League Cup final, that win over CSKA remains their only success in nine competitive outings - with three defeats coming at the hands of the Blues.

Conte's champions, even on the back of an opening-day defeat by Burnley at Stamford Bridge last weekend, will therefore provide a fitting first challenge for Pochettino and Spurs at their temporary home. And the Argentinian insists Spurs will have nobody to blame but themselves if they do not hit the ground running. "Wembley is not a problem. We are the problem if we don't win like last season," he said.

Kieran Trippier could be fit for Sunday's encounter having missed the win at Newcastle due to an ankle injury, with the right-back being assessed on Saturday.

However, fellow England international Danny Rose (knee) remains sidelined, as does Erik Lamela (hip). Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (foot) is another absentee as striker Harry Kane goes in search of his first-ever Premier League goal in the month of August.

Bakayoko may feature for the visitors, while Victor Moses is back from a ban, but defender Gary Cahill and midfielder Cesc Fabregas are both suspended following their dismissals against Burnley. Pedro (ankle) is a major doubt, Hazard remains out and striker Diego Costa is still in exile.


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