Chelsea are preparing for the return of Jose Mourinho, while Liverpool could expect a tough run-in until Christmas.
Blues ready for Mourinho reunion
This is our biggest game yet, on the back of the Leicester performance and result, expectations are rising that Conte has found the secret sauce. United will be a completely different proposition to Leicester, and will no doubt set up not to get beaten first and foremost which challenges our ability to open up a well drilled defensive team for the first time under Conte.
On a normal occasion I would back us to win this, but the Mourinho factor worries me. He will be burning up inside to come back and try to prove to everyone at the we Bridge were wrong to boot him (which we certainly were not). He know’s our squad inside out, particularly their weaknesses and has been a master of getting an away result in his career. Expect it to be tight, us to have most of the ball and United to look to counter, defensive concentration is paramount to us getting a result, cannot afford another Cahill blunder as they have quality going forward.
Whatever happens, I’ll just be pleased that as Chelsea fans, we’ll only be forced to watch Mourinho’s dull, tedious football twice this season. The man does deserve recognition for his tremendous achievements with us, but my word I’m glad he’s gone.
Arsene to ring the changes?
With the fact Wenger is sticking to the same team thats won their last six games in the Premier League, I think a few changes might benefit us tomorrow night. I think we can bring back Coquelin and give Gibbs a run out at left back, and Oxlade-Chamberlain instead of Iwobi. Wenger will no doubt change the keepers, so I expect Ospina back.
I really do enjoy the Champions League, but must admit the Prem is far more important this season. If we have a good run and can make the latter stages for a change then so be it. If not, all I hope is we can virtually get our best starting XI whatever that might be during the season in the Premier League.
We have a poor history in the CL in terms of being a threat, so why worry about something the club in truth has not taken serious. Let’s try and finish top and see where that takes us, but the most important thing for me is no injuries to key players. I think I’ve got four changes so its good to freshen up the team.
I hope we don’t make any changes, not just yet. You only have to look back to last season in the CL when we rested players. Get the game won by 60 mins then introduce fresh players, if we win convincingly tonight and say PSG draw then we would be in a better position to rest a few on the return leg to Ludgorets or even the PSG game. We must finish top of the group!
Easy run for Liverpool?
Just noticed some comments about our next run of games. Our next eight games until christmas and people are expecting us to really push on. I remember coming up to christmas last season, we played Newcastle, West Brom and Watford and got one point.
I look at these fixtures and I expect us to drop a few points. If we are to be serious about anything then we need to be winning the majority of these games.
Some tricky games in there that people are expecting to win easily. It’s not going happen that way. If we are still in the top four after these nine games then I fancy us to finish in the top four. If not then we are done.
Next nine games: WBA, Palace, Watford, Southampton, Sunderland, Bournemouth, West Ham, Middlesbrough and Everton.
United ruining strikers?
Welbeck has always played up top in his career, yet Ferguson because of his pace shifted him out wide.
Martial starts well up top, then Mourinho shifts him out wide to accommodate the out of date Rooney.
Rashford is a striker and has played number 10 a few times, Mourinho plays him out wide to accommodate Zlatan.
There’s been talk about players, even strikers, needing to know how to play in a couple of different positions. So, if Martial and Rashford can play across the front attacking positions, it is better for their development. Of course there is an argument to say that’s a load of bollocks and just play players in the positions they’re most effective in!