Levi Colwill, the Chelsea player, reveals his true feelings about the Tottenham rivalry and admits to cheating
Levi Colwill believes Chelsea’s rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur is “the best” and admitted to conning a young Spurs side as a youth player.
There is no love between the two camps as they prepare for a mammoth derby clash tomorrow night. While the Blues have enjoyed a string of success since the early 00s, Tottenham are on the up and look like a revitalised outfit under Ange Postecoglou.
Throw in the added dynamic of former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino returning to north London for the first time as Chelsea manager and all the ingredients are there for a tasty encounter. A graduate of the Cobham academy, Colwill is preparing for his first clash against Spurs in the senior ranks.
But years of tussling with Tottenham in the youth team means the 20-year-old is well-versed in the rivalry from both sides. Speaking to the club’s media channel, Colwill confessed to his team cheating to beat Spurs as a youngster.
“We had the best rivalry with Tottenham growing up,” he said. “I can’t really remember if they ever beat us. Playing against them home or away, we knew it was going to be a fight and we really enjoyed it.
“I remember once at under-16 (level) we played them in a cup game on the match pitch at Cobham, and we nicked it 2-1 or 1-0 in the last minute. It might have been a handball and someone scored. They were going crazy and it was the best feeling ever! It shut them up. They were the better team on the day but we got the win and that’s what matters. It was on the match pitch at Cobham.”
Colwill also revealed he will drill his teammates who are not as familiar with the hostilities ahead of the big game. As Spurs are flirting with a potential title charge, Monday’s clash would be the perfect time to get one over their rivals.
“I will 100 per cent tell my teammates about it, but most of them know what a big game it is,” he added. “At the same time, we will help them realise what a big game this is. Their fans will be up for it. We need our fans to go out with the same energy and, make no mistake, we will go out and put a performance in.
“We have to put a performance in for our fans to be proud of, and for us to be proud of, to show where we can go. We are headed in the right direction. To beat Tottenham, the fans would love it, and we will do everything we can to get the result.”