As Chelsea host Liverpool, we look at four things Jose Mourinho needs to do for his side to gain all three points.
Play Oscar in a midfield role
With Cesc Fabregas underperforming this season, Chelsea have not been able to dominate games so well. Oscar hasn’t been given many playing time this season, it was claimed that the Portuguese had fallen out with the Brazilian due to the player’s inconsistency.
The Brazilian on his day is capable of producing magic when given the opportunity and with the way things are, he will be hungry to impress if the opportunity comes. Jose needs to give the Brazilian a chance in this game as the blues number 8 have a superb understanding and great link up with Eden Hazard.
The team has to be strong defensively
Chelsea have conceded sloppy goals this season, Most goals the blues have let in this term has been mostly down to individual and collective defensive errors.
The blues must cut out such errors if they are going to come out victorious on Saturday. With Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke leading the line for Liverpool, John Terry and co must make sure they don’t give their opponents that extra confidence.
Drop Cesc Fabregas
It is said that the defense is only as good as the people in front of it, which may be one of the reasons the blues are struggling defensively. Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas were tasked with the Job of protecting the back four last season, but neither of them have done well this season.
Cesc Fabregas is struggling to replicate the form he showed last season. The Spaniard has been pushed further up to the number 10 role but his performance slightly improved but not just enough to carry his team. A spell on the bench may just give the Spaniard the required rest he needs to get back to his old self while also giving another player like Oscar who could be more effective the opportunity to do the job.
Unshackle the attacking midfield trio
Typical Jose Mourinho’s team is known for its doggedness and solidity at the back which also requires his wingers tracking back and forth. Jose must give the trio Behind the striker the necessary freedom they need to inflict damage on their opponents. Hazard, Willian and Oscar are capable of doing a lot when given the freedom to attack.
Increase strength mentally
The team’s mentality must be down after series of poor performances. Jose Mourinho must find the right way to Motivate his players. This is a big game and Jose needs his players to perform at the best of their ability.