Why Chelsea could be left behind by Tottenham

Former Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has provided his take on why he thinks Chelsea are in danger of being left behind by Tottenham.

Tottenham had an excellent end to the 2021/22 campaign, finishing 4th in the Premier League – securing Champions League football in the process – and also ended up just three points adrift of Chelsea, who finished 3rd.

Such a small gap between the two London clubs is pretty remarkable given how badly Spurs began last season, and due to the fact Chelsea, after signing Romelu Lukaku, were expected to challenge for the league title.

Now, former Blues winger Wright-Phillips has revealed his opinion that Tottenham, in turn, could make use of the momentum they are building to overtake his ex-side in the upcoming season.

"I can see Chelsea getting left behind by Tottenham. They became so resilient towards the back end of the season and were so good on the counter attack," he said. "Antonio Conte is a great manager and the club seems to be opening the cheque-book for him so he'll make things very difficult for the teams around him."

Tottenham have also had a much better start to the 2022 summer transfer window than Chelsea.

The Lilywhites have brought in two players in the form of Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster. They also look set to sign Yves Bissouma in the coming days from Brighton for a reported £25m.

As for Chelsea, they have lost two of their best central defenders and also look set to lose Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, leaving the Blues without a natural centre-forward heading into 2022/23.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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