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Chelsea vs Tottenham: Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp disagree on super Sunday Premier League clash

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Chelsea vs Tottenham: Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp disagree on super Sunday Premier League clash

Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp have slightly different perspectives on Chelsea and where they stand ahead of the Tottenham Super Sunday clash in the Premier League.

Since Roman Abramovich was forced out of Chelsea last season by the UK Government due to his alleged links to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, which he continues to deny, many assumed the club would suffer in some way from the many trophies won during the oligarch’s 19-year reign.

However, Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital’s new ownership consortium structure is out there to try to disprove this perception.

The £170 million or so spent thus far, which is expected to exceed £300 million by the September deadline, is just one way they intend to accomplish this.

Frenkie de Jong, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Wesley Fofana are the Blues’ next targets, with negotiations ongoing.

If all three are signed, which is a big if at this point, Redknapp believes Chelsea will finish in the top four.

“Chelsea have taken quite a bit of stick, but Kalidou Koulibaly has been a good signing, they’re trying to get Wesley Fofana and I wouldn’t be surprised if they get him,” he wrote in his Sky Sports column this week.

 “They spent big money on Marc Cucurella – too much in my opinion but he’s still a really, really good player.

“Raheem Sterling in any market is a brilliant signing. They miss a No 9 but there’s talk about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coming in and Frenkie de Jong – who they are interested in signing from Barcelona – is one of the best midfield players in the world.

“If they get Fofana, Aubameyang and De Jong, they’re guaranteeing Champions League football with that.”

The ‘if’ statement implies that Redknapp does not believe Thomas Tuchel’s side are credible candidates for a top-four finish in their current state.

Instead, they have backed Tottenham and Antonio Conte for greater success this season, something that the Italian has warned against at this early stage.

“But I think you forgot Chelsea. This is a big, big mistake. You are talking about a team who two seasons ago won the Champions League,” the Italian boss said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the first Southampton game. “

“It is a really big squad, last season they won the World Cup for clubs. Why is Chelsea not in this group of top teams? For me Chelsea are in this group and they want to stay there and they deserve to be considered in this position.”

Despite Redknapp waxing lyrical about Tottenham and their uprising under Conte in the same interview, Carragher has contradicted him by offering a more realistic assessment of the Lilywhites’ current situation.

He has dismissed any talk of a power shift in London, which will delight Chelsea and Arsenal fans alike.

“If I was associated with Chelsea ⁠— the reigning club world champions, remember ⁠— I would treat these predictions of a London power shift with a sneer,” he wrote in his latest Telegraph column. “The “new” Spurs have not done anything yet, despite the hype this summer.”

Chelsea vs Tottenham: Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp disagree on super Sunday Premier League clash

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