Paul Merson declared that he would be “shocked” if Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea lost to Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino is set to return to his old haunts as Tottenham takes on 11th-place Chelsea. Paul Merson says that “for the first time in a very long time Tottenham fans are going to turn up expected to win.”
The former Arsenal midfielder shocked the Sky Sports panel with his remarks, and Glenn Murray reminded him that Spurs are “top of the league” in his remarks on Soccer Special (01/11/23 at 7:15 pm).
For those at Hotspur Way, who are better off without Europe, the new season has started fantastically; the same cannot be said for their London rivals.
After falling to Brentford 2-0 over the weekend, Chelsea is currently 14 points adrift of the Premier League leaders in 11th place in the standings.
You would think that Monday night’s victory over Ange Postecoglou’s team at Stamford Bridge would come as no surprise, but Paul Merson wasn’t.
Tottenham v Chelsea
Merson stated, “Chelsea fans would rather play them teams (who come at them).” It’s difficult for teams to come to Chelsea and just sit back. I go observe myself. The ball is ten behind.
“Playing Brentford at home gives me less confidence than traveling to Tottenham on Monday.” Yes, I am. I’m going on Monday because I know Tottenham will give it their best. If Chelsea were to lose, I would be very surprised.
The reply from Jamie Mackie was, “You would be shocked if they lost?” “Against the top of the league?” ex-striker Glenn Murray laughed as he repeated himself after Merson.
Then Danny Mills said to him, “Merse, I think you are on your own.”
“This is the first time in a very, very long time, trust me,” Merson continued, adding that Tottenham supporters would be showing up with the expectation that their team would defeat Chelsea. they should, as it’s the first time in a long time. However, the pressure is different now. They must attempt it.
Pochettino returns to Tottenham
When Spurs were struggling toward the end of the previous season, supporters were clamoring for Pochettino to rejoin the team not too long ago.
Given that Pochettino was a free agent at the time, there were waves of supporters chanting his name amid calls for Daniel Levy and ENIC to depart.
But it only serves to highlight how wise it was to bring in Postecoglou in the first place, and you should never look back.
It’s also reasonable to assume that when Pochettino crosses that touchline again on Monday night, the cheers for him will now be met with jeers.