Jose Mourinho will be back at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday for the first time since his unceremonious exit last December and how the reunion goes down definitely interest many.
Chelsea have moved on just fine without their erstwhile manager, and recent results show they are beginning to find their feet. Manchester United too aren’t doing badly with Jose now in charge, and when the 2 sides meet by the weekend, the onus will be on the Portuguese to show why he is still a tactician to reckon with when it comes to making title statements.
And here are 3 things he must do to make one.
Beat the Blues to their defensive game
Jose is known to have made Chelsea a well-drilled defensive side, and while the team isn’t as tight at the back like it used to be during the Portuguese hay days, traces of the foundational defensive input he helped laid over the course of his 2 stints at the helm of affairs can still be seen.
On Saturday, Mourinho must show who the real master is when it comes to closing the shop and choking the opponents. While Conte’s style is different to his, the similarities in tactics can’t be denied. And it is why Manchester United have got an advantage.
A 3-man defence allows for much space to be exploited at the back, even if that will mean the midfield battle must be won first to get to exploit such space, as such, the Red Devils must come out tops of the midfield battle, like they did against Liverpool.
But this time around, they must make light work of the opposition’s defence by taking more attacking initiatives. It’s a plan Jose knows how to orchestrate, and doing it to a tee will make desired impacts.