Tottenham need to find a way of breaking down Chelsea’s midfield ‘impenetrable force field’ and get at their back three if they are to enjoy success at White Hart Lane, claims Ian Wright.
The former Arsenal striker believes the Blues, despite being on a 13-game winning streak, remain vulnerable at the back.
He says Brazilian centre-half David Luiz still has a mistake in him, but ‘gets better protection than if he were down the family planning clinic’.
Antonio Conte’s side have been watertight so far this season and boast the best defensive record in the Premier League – having been breached just 13 times in 19 fixtures.
A switch to a 3-4-3 formation has made them virtually untouchable, with Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante providing a shield in front of an experienced international back line.
Wright concedes that Spurs will have their work cut out trying to break down Conte’s ‘Death Star’, but believes there is cause for optimism if Mauricio Pochettino adopts the right approach and gets the best out of key playmaker Mousa Dembele.
He wrote in a column for The Sun: “To stand a chance you must put them on the back foot. The same goes for their three centre-backs — and this is where [Mousa] Dembele comes into his own. David Luiz gets better protection than if he were down the family planning clinic.
“If you can isolate him, if you can get past the formidable duo of Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante in midfield, he is capable of a mistake.
“At times they must seem like some sort of impenetrable force field in the new Star Wars movie in the way they shield the three main defenders behind them.
“Dembele must be used to his maximum, like a Rebel X-wing fighter battering through to bring down the Death Star.”
Chelsea head into Wednesday’s fixture five points clear at the top of the table and looking to match Arsenal’s record of 14-successive Premier League victories.
Spurs sit down in fifth, but could move back into the Champions League places with victory on home soil.