Chelsea v Manchester United – Chelsea’s attack versus the Manchester United defence.
Chelsea must do much more in attacking areas than Liverpool last Monday night if we are to take ...
Chelsea must do much more in attacking areas than Liverpool last Monday night if we are to take three points in this one.
Jose Mourinho will set his team up to not lose the game and to try and restrict Chelsea’s attack by negating the space in front of our his back four. I am more than confident that the likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard can cause them major problems.
Eric Bailly has been impressive so far this season but you have to ask yourselves the question “Has he come up against someone like Diego Costa?” He has looked calm under pressure and has dealt with most that he has come up against however; Costa is a different animal altogether.
Diego Costa is back on form and playing like he did in his first season in the Premier League. He will look to hassle defenders, to bully them and to work them hard all game and this in my view will be the first big test for Bailly. If Diego Costa can get the upper hand early in the game, Chelsea could have an excellent afternoon.
Eden Hazard is another one that will look to cause United plenty of problems now he has licence to roam inside. Antonio Valencia would have been earmarked to pick him up if he was asked to stay wide left but that’s not going to be the case. Hazard will look to find space and pick the ball up and every single opportunity and its important that he is involved as much as possible.
Pedro looks set to start in this one as Willian has only recently returned from Brazil after being given compassionate leave. Pedro showed glimpses of quality last weekend against Leicester and his pace could cause the likes of Chris Smalling and Daley Blind problems if he gets a chance to run at them.
I know I am biased, but I honestly believe that Chelsea will cause United far more problems throughout the game compared to the Liverpool threat. We have players in attacking areas who can produce moments of magic at any time and supported by our wingbacks, will open up United again and again.
One thing is certain, we need all of our big players to turn up and be up for this game to give a much better, committed performance compared to what we had to witness against Liverpool and Arsenal.
These are the games for big players to make a difference. Let’s hope its ours that do!