Chelsea handed major boost as Christensen could be fit for Tottenham clash

Chelsea handed major boost as Christensen could be fit for Tottenham clash

But Chelsea chief Conte reckons Pochettino doesn't deserve to take any flak for his empty trophy cabinet. "What do the national team managers want?"

He might have had a poor campaign so far, a point underlined by England manager Gareth Southgate's comments that the young midfielder place in the team is not set in stone, but Dele Alli is a player tailor-made for Premier League action.

It is easily forgotten just what a grievous blow Alderweireld's absence seemed when it occurred, during the 3-1 win against Real Madrid at Wembley in November. I need to care for my club, and we have plenty of worldwide players.

The Blues have something of a hoodoo against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in the last two decades, as Spurs have failed to record a win at Chelsea in the Premier League era, a massive 22 games in all competitions without a win.

And Tottenham fans will need no reminding of the painful way in which their team gave up a 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge in 2016 to draw 2-2 and hand the Premier League title to Leicester City.

Tottenham fans won't be too concerned about that; they'll be a little anxious about the prospect of losing such an influential player at the end of the season, though.

Courtois has not fully trained with Chelsea this week due to a hamstring injury, which means Willy Caballero could deputise in goal.

Israeli soldiers mass on Gaza border ahead of major Palestinian protest
Palestinians gather near an ambulance after a protest near the border fence east of Gaza City, Gaza Strip, December 22, 2017. Israeli soldiers listen to a briefing on the Israeli side of the border with the northern Gaza Strip, Israel, on Thursday.

The Mirror says Chelsea will step up their bid to land Alderweireld after Mauricio Pochettino vowed: I will not be pressured into saving his World Cup dream.

"The interest for me is Tottenham, it's about Tottenham winning".

"Maybe next weekend. But the most important (thing) is that we are so positive about his recovery, and we are doing fantastic, and we are so happy". Pochettino's response to an enquiry about the latest progress - "no, I don't talk about rumours" - hardly suggested a detente was in the offing. For sure, now, they are ahead of us. "On Sunday, we have to get a win".

If this news is true, it's a huge boost for Spurs who have endured a bad record at Stamford Bridge.

Conte was invited to spend time with Pochettino at Spurs' training ground while still Italy manager in February 2015. He solved the problem and our medical department was very good to put him in the best physical condition to solve this problem. I enjoyed a lot the time we spent together.

Alderweireld has not featured in the Premier League since October because of a hamstring injury, but the centre-half played twice for Belgium during the worldwide break.

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