Match to be played on Saturday 8th March 2014 at 17:30. Venue: Stamford Bridge, London.
Chelsea head into this weekend’s London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on the back of a very important win at Fulham.
Jose Mourinho’s side currently sit pretty at the top of the Premier League and this is a big chance for them to extend their lead over Manchester City in front of their own supporters. Chelsea have the best defensive record in the division this season having only conceded 22 goals which will give them a great chance of holding out for any sort of win.
Here’s the side Mourinho could go with.
GK – Petr Cech
There has been speculation that Cech could be axed in the summer for Thibaut Courtois. This is another chance for the experienced Czech to show why that would be a bad idea.
RB – Branislav Ivanovic
Ivanovic has been Chelsea’s best player down the right of the defence this season. His experience as a centre back helps him to understand where he needs to be in relation to the right sided centre half.
CB – Gary Cahill
Cahill will slot into the heart of the back four if he recovers well from his performance for England against Denmark.
CB – John Terry
Terry will be fresh having not played for England during the week. He provides valuable experience and raises himself whenever the Blues come up against Tottenham.
LB – Cesar Azpilicueta
Azpilicueta has performed well on either side of the defence this season. He’s extremely quick and is useful going forward, creating width on the left.
RM – Andre Schurrle
Schurrle should keep his place on merit following his hat-trick against Fulham. He’s been in and out of the side this season but it could be a good idea for Mourinho to try and cash in on that confidence.
DM – Nemanja Matic
Matic is an imposing figure who should protect the defence. He reads the game well, he tackles well and he’s also effective when a side tries to hit Chelsea over the top.
CM – Ramires
Ramires has the ability to sit in the middle controlling the tempo of the play, he can drop off to offer the defence extra protection and he can get forward as an extra threat in the attack of the side.
AM – Oscar
Oscar will slot into that hole in behind the main striker. Chelsea try to get him on the ball as quickly as possible because he can create a chance out of nothing in a split second.
LM – Eden Hazard
The Belgian has been world class so far this season. He’s a real threat coming into central areas but he’s also effective out wide. When Azpilicueta gets forward, he will be looking to add to his goal tally.
ST – Fernando Torres
Torres started against Fulham, didn’t play for Spain during the week and deserves to keep his place. He was sent off in the reverse of this fixture so may feel as though he has a point to prove.