Southampton vs Chelsea: 3 Key Battles That Will Decide The Result

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2. Jose Mourinho vs Ronald Koeman

Jose Mourinho under pressure at Madrid
Jose Mourinho

The game on Sunday will feature two of the League’s finest tacticians in Mourinho and Koeman. Both of whom learnt their trade under Louis Van Gaal at Barcelona and although they have both taken different routes, they are both successful managers in their own right.  Sunday’s clash will feature a side that has remained relatively unchanged throughout the season and one that is constantly evolving and changing players.

While it is true that the visitors have the better players, man for man, the only area they can be outdone is tactically. In all the games they have dropped points, the opposition have defended well and had a plan on how to make effective use of their attacks. The Saints have the League’s second-best home record and will be playing a back-three to counteract the threat that the Blues represent. If the Saints are to maintain their excellent home record, they will have to follow their tactics to the dot, for if they don’t, the Blues are simply going to swat them aside thanks to the quality of players they have at their disposal.

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