What if... Mourinho doesn't park the bus against City?

Mourinho Dugout

Jose Mourinho has been widely tipped to go ultra defensive against Manchester City. But might he have a surprise or two up his sleeve?

Ladies and gentlemen, I come to you with a theory. A theory about Jose Mourinho.

As the Chelsea boss approaches a fiercely anticipated clash against Manchester City, the majority of the footballing world expects him to adopt his usual tactic.

That tactic, in no uncertain terms, is to "park the bus" and go ultra defensive in order to earn a draw - despite his protestations against Sam Allardyce's use of the very same strategy last week.

The Special One has already used that approach twice in big games this season: against Manchester United at Old Trafford and Arsenal at the Emirates. Both times, Mourinho got what he wanted - a valuable point.

But against City at the Etihad Stadium, no defence in the world currently seems capable of stopping a free-scoring attack from netting at least once. Indeed, Manuel Pellegrini's men have won every home league game this season and even scored in their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this term.

Everyone is still expecting the same old tactic from Mourinho, though, the tactic that ultimately won him numerous titles in the past - notably the 2010 Champions League with Inter Milan.

But what if, for once, the 51-year-old goes against his stripes?

With everyone under the sun expecting Mourinho to park his infamous bus in Manchester, what if the Portuguese decides to shock everyone and take the game to City? After all, no team has managed to hold them at home, no matter how hard they have tried.

So the Chelsea boss' best defence could be an offence - especially with the likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurrle and more within his ranks.

Okay, the Blues have hardly been clinical in their last two games, especially against West Ham, when they failed to score with over 30 shots. On a one-off occasion, though, Chelsea's element of surprise could catch City off-guard, potentially ending their reign of terror and sending Mourinho's men level with them in the Premier League.

Of course, it would always be a tough ask at such an intimidating venue. But don't be surprised if it's an option the Special One chooses to exploit. After all, when has he ever played to the masses?

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