Stoke City face Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea on Tuesday, we look at four things the blues need to do to defeat Stoke City.
Tighten up the backline
Easier said than done when the blues have conceded a lot of goals this season with majority of them due to defensive mistakes, the blues must be at the top of their game defensively. The team can score goals from anywhere but as was the case against West Ham on Saturday they conceded sloppy goals, which they can’t afford to do anymore.
Get Willian on the ball often
The Brazilian international is in superb form this season and looks like the team’s most dangerous man going forward. The winger has been key to every good thing that Jose Mourinho’s men do when going forward. He has scored three set pieces in as many games and assisted Gary Cahill with a great delivery from the corner flag on Saturday. He looks a constant threat whenever Chelsea is with the ball and its important they look to get the Brazilian on the ball at every opportunity.
Must Forget about recent struggles and play their heart for the club
The players need to forget about everything the club is currently going through when they step out on the pitch at the Britannia stadium. The boys need to play with the confidence that saw them lift the trophy last season. Forgetting past results will help the team a lot as they won’t be shattered if eventually they concede first. The squad has the quality to turn around this situation if they are determined and Fearless.
Win the Midfield Battle
The blues must take control of the game from the first minute if they are to get anything from this game, misplaced passes and half clearance will only invite more pressure on them. The blues must do all they can to keep hold of the ball at all time. Jose Mourinho might be satisfied with letting the opponent have the ball while his team sits back and protect the goal, but Jose needs to take a different approach this time if he wants to win at Stoke, with the likes of Xerdan Shaquiri and Bojan who thrive with the ball on their feet out there for Stoke, it will be better for the blues if they starve these talented players of the ball