Head coach at the Stamford Bridge, Guus Hiddink, says being at the zenith of the English Premier League for the first time is causing nerves to Tottenham players.
Spurs head to Stamford Bridge on Monday with their title hopes hanging by a thread, following a disappointing draw at home to less fancied West Brom this past week.
Leicester City remain ahead with eight points but Tottenham have three games to go. The Foxes dropped points during the recent the draw against Manchester United but Hiddink believes Spurs might not have the bottle to make up the ground.
“They are now experiencing being at the top. I’m not much into statistics, but it’s the first time in their history they’re now in the end competing for the Premier League title.
“In some players it might cause nerves. They might under-perform a bit. Leicester are fearless but some Spurs players might be affected by being on top and think ‘what now?’ Hiddink told reporters.
Willian says the Chelsea players don’t want Tottenham to win the league. Aside Willian, many others have said they preferred The Foxes to lift the EPL trophy after their stunning and consistent performance this season.
“We shouldn’t over-evaluate it in the sense it’s just Tottenham. We desperately like to win, then the next game,” Hiddink said.
When asked if he has discussed skipper Terry’s return to the team, Hiddink responded saying:
“Of course we have.
“What the club likes to have is competition and he will react with competition; ‘don’t touch my spot.’
“Would we have done better with him in the team? Yes, that is the problem. I don’t like to complain but, at the time, we didn’t get through the Champions League or the FA Cup.”