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Thomas Tuchel says he would not have been worried if Harry Kane had ended up joining Manchester City, as Chelsea do not fear any of their Premier League rivals.

However, the Chelsea boss is pleased Spurs kept hold of their talisman, as the Blues prepare to face Nuno Espirito Santo's side on Sunday.

"I thought that it was going to happen (Kane joining City) and I was not scared, but if it would have happened, I would have been very interested how it would have maybe changed City's style of play," said Tuchel.

"We are not afraid of anybody; we accept any other team. City, Manchester United, Liverpool, they are the teams with strong, strong squads and these are the guys (such as Kane) you want to compete and it's normal they fight for the best players.

"I thought this was going to happen. On one side, I was happy he stayed because it's nice it exists in football that players play for one club only.

"I have absolutely nothing to do with Tottenham obviously, but if you think about Tottenham you think about Harry Kane, if you think about (Lionel) Messi you think straight away about Barcelona.

"It's very hard that he plays for another club and that's the same with Harry Kane. From that side I like it and part of my personality is still a fan, so from that point I like it and I also think it's nice that Romelu (Lukaku) is back at Chelsea. Some things are a good fit and should not be changed."

Nuno was asked if he would consider swapping Kane for Chelsea's Lukaku, but replied: "Harry's an amazing player.

"I only speak about Tottenham players. I don't even consider (swapping Kane and Lukaku) because it's something I don't think about, for me it doesn't make sense."

Tottenham - Harry Kane

Kane has scored just once in his last eight in the competition against the Blues. However, Kane has been involved in 12 goals in his nine Premier League London derby matches at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (seven goals, five assists).

Chelsea - Saul Niguez

Saul Niguez had a difficult start to life in the Premier League and was taken off at half-time in the win over Aston Villa last week. However, the Spain international will be determined to show he can settle in England if he gets another shot on Sunday.

·Tottenham have conceded more Premier League goals against Chelsea (103) than they have versus any other opponent, while they've only lost more games in the competition against Man Utd (36) than against the Blues (31).

·Chelsea have won their last two Premier League away games against Tottenham, as many as in their previous 13 visits (D5 L6). They last won three in a row at Spurs between April 2004 and August 2005.

·Tottenham have lost four of their last six Premier League London derby matches (W2), as many as they had in their previous 18 such games combined. Spurs have lost their last two such games, last losing three in a row in August 2005 - the third game of which came at home to Chelsea.

·Chelsea have won each of their last five away league London derbies - they have never won six in a row on the road before in their league history.

·Since coming to the Premier League with Wolves in 2018, Tottenham boss Nuno has seen his side fail to score in the first half in 83 of his 118 games in charge, more than any other manager. That accounts for 70 per cent of his total games in charge, which is the highest ratio of any manager to have taken charge for at least two full seasons since 2018-19.

Updated September 18, 2021

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