There has been a lot of talk about the fatigue of The Chelsea players and after many of them featured in mid-week internationals, they will once again need to gather that extra bit of energy at Stamford Bridge this afternoon in order to take advantage of the Premier League chasers not featuring today.
It’s been a long hard season for many Blues this year already and there has been clear signs of tiredness from many players, thus rubbing off on their form. But today there must not be any excuses, the players know the importance of getting all three points out there against Tottenham. Not just because it is a massive derby and they have an impressive home record to keep, but they know that if they win this then they really are set up to go on and win the league, against all odds from the start of the season.
Mourinho has been playing down his chances of winning the league and probably rightly so as it does take the pressure off the players. But it is clear for all to see that winning the league is definitely possible now. Whether Mourinho says they are aiming for top four or not, they are currently sat on top of that division and getting the results. Despite tiredness and some players suffering a lack of form, they are up there and it is perfectly do-able for them to win it.
The Blues will line-up with a similar look and formation as they have been playing most of the season and I doubt that Mourinho will use this hugely important match to rest anyone. It will be the usual back line with Cesar Azpilicueta affectively playing some of the best football of his life, at right back! The midfield will keep the same shape with Nemanja Matic playing as the protector and the interceptor and Ramires doing the running ahead of him. Oscar will probably feature in his deeper number 10 role, although we might see him dropping to the bench once again with Andre Schurrle getting the nod again. Willian and Eden Hazard will then provide the creativity and pace with either Sammy Eto’o or Fernando Torres up top.
Spurs will certainly provide a tough test for the Blues in this 5.30pm kick off but if this Chelsea machine begins to run in motion and they can find an early opening, I can only see this going one way. Let’s see what you Twits have to say about this……
Cheers for the contibutions guys, let’s make it a Blue day!
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Simon Phillips – News Editor