Paul Merson has his say on the London Derby

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Paul Merson has claimed that he would be’shocked’ if Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur beat Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea on Monday night in the Premier League.

Paul Merson Statement

Mauricio Pochettino is back to his old haunts. And Paul Merson says that “for the first time in a very long time. Tottenham fans are going to turn up expected to win” when Tottenham hosts Chelsea, who are now in 11th position.
The former Arsenal midfielder startled the Sky Sports panel with his remarks. As Glenn Murray reminded him that Spurs are “top of the league” in a statement he made on Soccer Special on Sky Sports.

Not a great start

For those at Hotspur Way who are better off without Europe, the new season has started fantastically; the same cannot be said for its London opponents.

After falling to Brentford over the weekend, Chelsea is currently 14 points behind 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.
Merson stated, “Chelsea fans would rather play them teams.” It’s difficult for teams to come to Chelsea and just sit back. I go observe myself. The ball is ten behind.

Statements from Paul Merson

“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 quite surprised.

The reply from Jamie Mackie was, “You would be shocked if they lost?” “Against the top of the league?” ex-striker Glenn Murray joked 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 will be showing up with the expectation that their team will defeat Chelsea. They should, as it’s the first time in a long time. However, the pressure is different today. They must attempt it.


When Spurs were struggling at the conclusion of the previous season, supporters were clamouring 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 just 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 the touchline again on Monday night, the cheers for him will now be met with jeers.

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