Date: 1st February 2014 at 2:20pm
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Chelsea’s trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City represents their toughest fixture in the Premier League and Jose Mourinho is already trying to get under the home side’s skin by labelling them ‘lucky’.

After tearing Tottenham a new one midweek Tim Sherwood claimed that Manuel Pellegrini’s men were the best in the world, but Mourinho believes that many crucial decisions have gone in their favour this season.

Whilst it’s true that they had a couple of dodgy ones go their way against the likes of Spurs, for example, they’ve been scoring goals for fun and the Chelsea manager is definitely up to his old tricks and knows full well what his opponents are capable of.

After failing to put an awful West Ham side to the sword many may not be expecting much from the Blues during this outing but Mourinho’s brand of counter-attacking football is the sort that can frustrate the hosts, whereas it’s fairly ineffective when the opposition has no interest in attacking as West Ham did and Chelsea looked like they were lacking in ideas.

The goalless draw against the Hammers can only be described as a monumental failure for Mourinho’s side as no matter what excuses the manager made following the match, there were no excuses and it was hypocritical of slamming relegation fodder for defending a point against a top four side when Chelsea didn’t even bother fielding a forward away at Old Trafford, for example.

Anyway, that disappointment has added extra importance to the fixture against City as there is more of an onus on Chelsea to get something positive if they are serious about challenging for the title and Mourinho’s squad is already handicapped in the sense that they don’t possess that 20 goal-a-season player that most Premier League winners have in their squad.

It would be just like Chelsea and Mourinho to slip-up against the likes of West Ham only to score a big result against a top side, so let’s hope the luck is on the Blues’ side on Monday night.

The Chelsea XI I’d pick:

P. Cech

C. Azpilicueta – G. Cahill – J. Terry (c) – A. Cole

J. Mikel – N. Matic

Willian – Oscar – E. Hazard

S. Eto’o


6 responses to “Preview: Manchester City v Chelsea”

  1. Tracy Turner says:

    You would rather pick John Obi Mikel over all the other midfielders at chelsea’s dispense ? I see that you clearly do not check the stats ! J,O,M is not good enough for Chelsea and the sooner he leaves the better !!

    • Not a JCL says:

      Tracy Turner, your place is in the Kitchen, not on the football pitch. Yorkie is NOT for girls. ????

  2. JP says:

    I like the idea of playing Mikel and Matic together in the double pivot. It would be a solid pairing that ensures we don’t get overrun in the middle of the park. Don’t be surprised if Mourinho reverts to a 4-3-3.

  3. zeal ozioko says:

    yeah you are right not a JCL…. Tracy you belong to the kitchen okay? please tell me who else is more skillful and solid in our blocking midfielder huh?

  4. RJA says:

    After Wednesday it has to be Lampard and Matic or if 4-3-3 then Ramires with them. Lampard has played all big games so far and been excellent in them. He made us better Wednesday so must start and probably does. Question is whom with? Surely not Mikel.

  5. dt says:

    Leave out ramires? You’re looking for at least 5……he is the engine and to leave him out would be committing suicide Mikel and matic can’t contain the likes of yaya and fernandinho much less to silva…..its going to be a cracking game I can expect a city victory