Chelsea host FC Porto at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, we take a look at four things the Blues must do to beat Porto.
1. Mourinho must field a starting xi with a striker
The Blues started without a recognized striker against Tottenham Hotspur, although the Blues did well as a team but they had just one short on target against Spurs. Jose Mourinho started without a striker in his next game against Bournemouth but the move backfired as they had no presence up front. Jose Mourinho must return a striker to the starting xi to face FC Porto in other to give his team the required presence up top. The Blues have Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy to choose from.
2. Give Eden Hazard a free role
The Belgian has performed best this season when he has been relieved of his defensive duties, the 24 year old has been criticized by Mourinho for neglecting his defensive duties but the Portuguese must free the playmaker from all defensive work if he is to get the best out of the Belgian. When the Belgian is at his best then the team will eventually play well.
3. Resolve the Cesc crisis
Cesc Fabregas was undoubtedly one of the Blues best player last season but he has been so poor this term, he has been in the Blues starting xi consistently and his performances haven’t improved any bit. Mourinho has Ruben Loftus Cheek, Ramires and mikel on the bench, the Portuguese must turn to one of these players in other to get the best from his midfield.
4. The Blues must be mentally strong
Jose Mourinho’s sides are usually known for grinding out slender wins but the Blues this term has failed to protect their lead or kill their opponents when they take the lead. Jose Mourinho must ensure his team doesn’t allow Porto back into the game should his side take the lead against the Portuguese outfit. A win is very important for both sides and the Blues must preserve it at all cost should they take the leadFollow Football News Arena on Facebook and Twitter for the latest transfer news, injury news, team news and rumours from across the major Leagues in Europe and around the World.