Chelsea resume their Premier League title tilt today with a home match against high-flying Southampton. After being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain on away goals midweek, they’ll be hungry to set the record straight here.
only possible remaining trophy is the Premier League, so Jose Mourinho can go all-out to secure it. If he fails to, it’ll go down as one of the greatest upsets of the modern Premier League era.
The Defending ability of Nathaniel Clyne could be the ultimate test of Eden Hazard’s defensive ability—or, in fact, the ultimate test of Chelsea’s ability to wrinkle and tweak their setup.
In the absence of any sharpness in midfield from Saints and a general flatness to their play—they dominate possession but carving out strong chances on goal has been an issue, and their shooting efficiency has been unspeakably poor—Clyne is the man who creates havoc.
The Blues are coming up against arguably the league’s best defence, and Alderweireld may well be plugged back in to strengthen it further. With a Wanyama-Schneiderlin shield in front, this stands to be one of the toughest tests of the campaign for the Blues’ attack.
Meanwhile, Saint’s manager, Ronald Koeman, has called for his side to produce a fearless, confident performance at title-chasing Chelsea today. Despite a few bumps along the way, but Jose Mourinho’s side remain on track to win the Premier League this term.
Manchester City start the weekend five points behind and with a game less than the Blues, who will can ratchet up the pressure with victory over Southampton today.
However, three points will be far from straightforward against this season’s surprise package as Koeman’s side look to the continue their scarcely-believable top-four tilt.
“Confidence and not afraid,” the Dutchman said when asked how Saints need to approach the match.
“That’s the most important when you play against big teams in an away game that you be yourself and you focus on your own game, your own way of playing, your own organisation.