It feels kind of strange having no midweek game to focus on to break up the monotony of the day job.
But, it, with the games coming thick and fast as Chelsea participate in four competitions this month, the calm before the storm.
This weekend, on Sunday, Chelsea face a difficult Premier League fixture when they venture to the north-west to take on the reigning Premier League champions, Manchester City.
In the reciprocating fixture, Chelsea frustrated Pep Guardiola’s side and became the first side to beat them in the Premier League this season, emerging 2-0 victors.
There’s no doubting Guardiola will be looking for revenge, at the Etihad Stadium, this Sunday, even more so as his side have closed the gap on Liverpool, who led the table by seven points at one stage.
Now, like numerous other Chelsea supporters, the worst thing that could happen this season is for Liverpool to win the title, life would become unbearable, even more so with the media lapping up the achievement by their darlings.
However whilst some might jest about Chelsea rolling over and letting City take the three points on offer this Sunday, it remains something that just isn’t going to happen. Chelsea will travel north looking for the three points and thereby enhancing their own chances of a top-four finish.
But, in a season whereby Chelsea have illustrated their unpredictability perfectly, beating City but being thrashed by Bournemouth, how do you go about engineering such a victory?
Here at Vital Chelsea, we’re three suggestions Maurizio Sarri might wish to dwell over if the side are to do a league double over our Carabao Cup Final opponents.
1 – Chelsea will need to utilise the counter-attack with precision. In our title-winning season, under Antonio Conte, with the game delicately poised at 1-1, both Willian and Hazard showed how to counter-attack effectively with both racing onto through balls to hammer home memorable goals.
2 – Chelsea must not get involved in an open game, they need to keep it tight at the back, press Manchester City as they come forward and stifle City’s play down the flanks, force them inside into a crowded middle of the park, frustrate them but always look out for that golden opportunity to spring a devastating counter-attack.
3 – Much is made of the midfield and attacking prowess of the former Chelsea player, Kevin De Bruyne. Although the Belgian international is a classy operative, the player Chelsea need to nullify is David Silva. He may be small in stature but he possesses a gigantic amount of talent and operating, in and around the box, he is quite capable of playing that through ball to the likes of Sergio Aguero.
It’s not going to be easy, but we’ve done it before and we can do it again, mark my words!
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