Chelsea v Manchester United: Chelsea must deliver on two fronts - performance and result.

Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho meet at Stamford Bridge this afternoon in what looks like being another classic encounter in the Premier ...

Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho meet at Stamford Bridge this afternoon in what looks like being another classic encounter in the Premier League. 

Jose Mourinho brings his Manchester United side down to London full of confidence despite recent criticism with the way his side has been set up of late. I fully expect Jose to park the bus this afternoon as he looks to firstly stifle Chelsea's attacking threat, to quieten the crowd, to then look to hurt Chelsea's back three which has struggled to keep clean sheets of late with our most recent performance in Rome one to forget and quickly.

Chelsea fans will remember that with Mourinho it's all about the result no matter how your team plays. Winning games is what counts and it does not matter what the cost of doing so. Expect the Special One to come here with a game plan to frustrate Chelsea.

As for Antonio Conte and his Chelsea players? Well it's clear this is huge and we are fortunate enough to have the game come so quickly after the nightmare in Italy.

Having come under intense scrutiny for their woeful defensive display and plenty of negative comment regarding the attitude, desire and hunger from his players, Conte will be looking for the perfect response from his players.

We are yet to receive confirmation if N'Golo Kante is available for selection and will be included in the starting eleven or on the bench. In my view, I would not risk him today before he is 100%. I know he is key to our team with his energy, inspiration and drive but it's a long season so I would rather we make sure he is OK first and foremost so as not to risk potential injury to keep him out of our season for a longer period of time.

I want to see Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas start as a midfield three this afternoon. Drinkwater and Bakayoko to provide the legs and energy to defend with Cesc given free range to play his passes.

Eden Hazard should start as the out-and-out number ten in behind Alvaro Morata as both need to give us a good performance similar to that in Madrid against Atletico Madrid. On that night, we witnessed just how good these two could be together and we have to hope that they can replicate that display today.

At the back to maintain stability we need to revert back to the three players from last season, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill must start the game to try and stop the recent rot conceding the amount of goals we have. They know each others games inside out and up against the attacking threat of United, we really, really need that in my view.

Davide Zappacosta and Marcos Alonso to provide the width down either side and hopefully force United's wide men backwards.

Chelsea must get a result to keep up with City. What a statement a victory would make and what a disaster a defeat would be to any hopes of winning the league.

It's all or nothing for me. COME ON CHELSEA!!



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