Manchester City v Chelsea - Name YOUR Chelsea starting eleven
Tomorrow night Chelsea take on Manchester City in the biggest Premier League game of the season s...
Tomorrow night Chelsea take on Manchester City in the biggest Premier League game of the season so far and I am asking Chelsea fans all over the world to name the Chelsea team you want to see start in this one!
After the frustration of West Ham last week, Jose Mourinho takes his Chelsea team to free scoring Man City and has already stated that he will set his side up to play to win. So who should play in order for us to do that?
I personally believe that we should be playing the strongest eleven we have available and immediately find myself asking if Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are part of that eleven?
I would have Matic starting all day long in the holding midfield role as we have already seen the influence he gives us but the bigger issue for me is who starts next to him?
If Jose Mourinho intends to play counter attacking football, he could start with Mikel next to Matic for his defensive instincts in front of our back four. The key in this game could be to negate the space between our midfield and defence and in front of the two centre backs in particular, Mikel would add to that.
However, and as Jose has stated, we are going there with the intention to win so it looks more likely that Ramires would start for his energy and tenacity in the middle. I would have Ramires and Matic start tomorrow.
As for our attacking three? Eden Hazard and Oscar pick themselves without question but who will start wide right - Willian, Schurrle or the new signing Mohamed Salah?
I am of the opinion that we can really get at Manchester City with pace down either wing and especially on the counter attack. Despite City free scoring at the moment, they are conceding goals and someone like Zabaleta could be exposed for his lack of pace all game long.
I would start with Willian with a view to giving Mohamed Salah 30 minutes to come on and really go at City.
So the attacking three would be Hazard, Oscar and Willian to start with.
At the back I am concerned with Ivanovic playing right back. I would prefer in this one to play Azpilicueta at right back and bring Ashley Cole back in on the left hand side BUT we cannot discount Jesus Navas starting on City's right can we!
I think it's more and more likely that Navas WILL start so we have no choice but to continue with Ivanovic on the right and Azpilicueta on the left hand side.
In the middle it should be as you were with Gary Cahill alongside John Terry as both have been impressive this season so far with Cahill being arguably, our best defensive performer !
Up front I wonder if Jose Mourinho will stick with Samuel Eto'o in the absence of Fernando Torres or if he will go with Demba Ba up front for this one?
Based on previous selections it's Eto'o all day long but we have seen Demba Ba come up trumps in these big games before haven't we!
I personally would be tempted to give Demba Ba the start here. We can use his physical presence up against the likes of Kompany to keep him occupied allowing the likes of Hazard, Willian and Salah to attack the full backs!
So to sum up, the team I would start with tomorrow would be as follows:
Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry(c), Azpilicueta, Matic, Ramires, Willian, Oscar, Hazard and Ba.
What do you think?
Carefree & KTBFFH!