Premier League: 5 Reasons Why Chelsea Can Spoil Manchester City’s Perfect Home Record This Weekend
5 Reasons Why Chelsea Can Put An End To Manchester City's Perfect Home Record
As the Premier League heads into another weekend of pulsating action, Jose Mourinho's Chelsea travel to the Etihad to try and negate Manchester City's momentum and avoid becoming another hapless victim. City's home form has been alarmingly good this season as team after team has visited, suffered and returned empty handed while conceding a galore of goals to Manuel Pellegrini's marauding men.
Chelsea missed a great chance to overhaul Arsenal in the League table after its stalemate against West Ham United and needs to avoid defeat against City to prevent falling behind the leaders by as many as six points. A victory for them would return the League table to its chaotic nature at the top as the season continues to thrill fans across the globe.
Mourinho’s concerns with his team lie in the strikers’ inability to score consistently, and with Fernando Torres out injured and Demba Ba yet to fully click at the club, the onus will be on Samuel Eto’o to repeat his unforgettable performance against Manchester United recently. While Eden Hazard and Oscar provide the bulk of the scoring for the team, the lack of regular goals up front has seen the team suffer some indifferent results.
All that might be forgotten if Chelsea put in a performance for the ages against a City team whose only weakness is its defense and its tendency to let in goals.
Here are five reasons why Mourinho’s men hold the edge over City and have a great chance of coming away with a share of the spoils when the teams meet next Monday.
5. Mourinho's Relentless Mind Games
Mourinho has not missed a chance to pile the pressure on Pellegrini and his team, and he continues to insist that City’s huge spending would be ultimately fruitless if they do not win the League this season. The “Special One” gets a perfect chance to spoil the Sky Blues’ party at the Etihad.
4. Squad Depth
Chelsea’s depth in squad means that even an indispensable player like Joe Cole has to regularly warm the bench. With key signings done in the January transfer window, the team is now well equipped to last the distance.
3. Experience Of Tackling The Big Games
Chelsea’s players have valuable experience of performing on big occasions without getting intimidated, and players like Frank Lampard and Petr Cech know exactly what is needed to take down strong oppositions.
2. Strongest Defense In The League
Chelsea now holds the record for the strongest defense in the league after Arsenal surrendered two goals to Southampton. John Terry has been a rock all season, and together with Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic he holds the key to keep City’s tireless attack at bay.
1. Mourinho's Tactical Acumen
Mourinho built his reputation for tactical acumen by overseeing the downfall of mighty teams like Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He is rarely caught out of guard on big occasions, and his teams more often than not triumph by absorbing pressure and taking the game to the opposition.