Chelsea faces unwavering Man City, Mourinho-Ranieri renew rivalry at Old Trafford
There is no rest for Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri as Manchester City come knocking at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The City visit comes after Chelsea stumbled to yet another defeat in the hands of Wolves in midweek. They had earlier fell to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Man City leads the Premier league pack with two points separating them with second-placed Liverpool. The timing of the weekend fixture may be said not to be fair to the Blues. Jorginho was rested against Wolves and Sarri may not be in a position to gamble once more. He is expected to field the strongest side to face an equally strong City.
“We have to play and to fight to be in the top four. The result is very difficult for this because I know in every match you have to gain points. In the last championship in Italy, I lost Serie A with 91 points, so I know very well you have to gain points in every match. City is the best team in Europe, maybe the best in the world” Sarri said on Man City.
Mourinho vs Ranieri
Manchester United faces Fulham at Old Trafford and both sides are desperate for points. Jose Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri will be leading either side and there exist some tense relationship between the managers as they one succeeded the other at Chelsea before. The Italian paved way for the Portuguese at the Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2003/04 season. In fact, Ranieri is on record saying that he laid the foundation upon which Mourinho succeeded. So expect a tense affair under the lights ta the Old Trafford.
Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba were rested during the 2-2 draw against Arsenal but what is most predictable is Mourinho’s tendency to make changes to his starting team. He is the manager that has made more changes to his matchday squad in the current campaign.
Whether Pogba or Lukaku will start is a question whose answer will be delivered when we see Mourinho’s team choice then.
“It’s a positive sign but there are things that I cannot get from them, and I cannot say much more than this. But the big soul, everybody gives everything. That is for sure and that is a positive feeling. I cannot tell you much more. I prefer just to say that I’m happy with the soul, the commitment, the bravery. I’m really happy about that. Our problem is [we need] a performance like this without the mistakes we made,” those were Mou’s words after the 2-2 draw against Arsenal.