The league leaders and newly crowned capital one cup winners travel across town to Upton Park tonight as the blues return to league action. Chelsea will be buoyant following their 2-0 win at Wembley on Sunday.
Meanwhile West Ham will be looking for an improved effort following their capitulation against Crystal Palace last time out.
West Ham is somewhat of an enigma this season.
They have beaten Liverpool, Man City and lost heavily at home to Palace, away at West Brom and drawn at Tottenham. You never know what you are going to get with them. They are quick up front and dangerous on the break but are fragile in defence.
Mourinho will have done his homework and I expect a real workmanlike performance from the blues tonight with 3 points vital given Man City will surely beat Leicester City at home.
West Ham will be without Andy Carroll and ex blues man Carlton Cole while Morgan Amalfitano is suspended.
Chelsea’s Matic will serve the second of his two match suspension and Mikel is a long term absentee. I expect Mourinho to shuffle his pack tonight with several changes from the cup winning side.
Much has been said in the press regarding Kurt Zouma’s performance on Sunday. I certainly agree that he has great potential and will be a Chelsea player for many years but he is no Claude Makalele. The reason the formation worked on Sunday is that Chelsea stifled Tottenham in between the lines. Erikkson could not get in to the game and therefore Kane was starved of possession.
This was a team effort and I don’t expect to see Zouma play that role again, any time soon.
However there is a case for Chelsea to change tactics, at times and play 3-4-3. Tactical diversity is a weapon Jose uses often but imagine if we played this formation with Terry, Zouma and Cahill as three centre backs, Luis and Ivanovic/Dave as wing backs, Fabregas and Matic in the centre, with Hazard, Costa and Willian/Oscar up front. Our defence would be rock solid and our attacking threat formidable. Who would welcome the attacking threat of Luis, Hazard, Ivanovic, Oscar, Costa with Fabregas orchestrating? Our wide players both like to come inside and with the overlapping wing backs the threat is frightening!
Food for thought Jose?