On Sunday, Chelsea will take on Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. A week before Chelsea were crowned champions of the Barclay’s Premier League. They celebrated at the Bridge in wonderful fashion as the old guard passed the torch to the new guard. Mourinho’s men had worked hard and earned their title this season.
However, they still play for Jose. And knowing him, he won’t allow for any drop in performance, even after securing the title. Although he has already indicated that the Blues will make changes to the starting 11, it won’t affect his expectations. Ivanovic and Terry have already expressed their interest to continue to play, as they look to play all minutes for the Blues this season.
Mourinho will most likely give some of the young players a chance. Guys like Ruben Loftus Cheek should start, along with possibly Dominic Solanke or Izzy Brown making an appearance. I have even heard suggestions that Jeremie Boga might make his Premier League debut. Petr Cech will probably see the field, along with Chelsea’s backup left back, Filipe Luis. Juan Cuadrado should be given a chance to impress, given that the Colombian has played a bit part role following his January move to Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool enter the game four points off of rivals Manchester United, who currently sit in the last Champions League place. The Reds will be looking to challenge for that place, and will play a strong team against the Blues. As the two teams remain rivals, there will sure to be hard tackles and tough challenges.
Brendan Rogers will look to finally get one over on Jose, but the smart money stands with Mourinho keeping his side on a winning streak. This is because Chelsea will be playing guys that don’t typically play, who will be challenging for places in the side next season. They will come out to ready to produce for their manager. I expect Chelsea to win 2-0 at home, with Cuadrado scoring his first Chelsea goal. I also predict a defender will get on the score sheet, someone like Ivanovic or Kurt Zouma who should start as well.
Overall, the best celebration is to continue to win games. The Blues are on course to win the league by a huge lead, and they should continue to pursue that. There is plenty of time to rest this summer. Look for the Blues to finish the season strong.
Contribution from Tyler Strauss