Antonio Conte and his blues face a trip to the blue side of Manchester after a setback loss on the other side of the city. A 2-1 loss in the hands of Red Devils wouldn’t have gone down well for the team morale especially after a disappointing 1-1 draw against Barcelona in which Chelsea were brilliant only to be compromised by a slight lapse of concentration by the skipper Azpilicueta.
With talks of Luis Enrique replacing Conte already surfacing, the Italian has very less time to put things back into order if he were to save his job. While Conte has been in a similar situation before, last season, when Conte was tipped to face the axe barely 2 months into the campaign, until he turned it around into a 13- match title winning streak with the 5 at the back formation which has become synonymous with modern English Football. It was a 3-0 loss against Arsenal that triggered the switch, so will it be a 2-1 loss to United which will trigger a yet another change?
Under The Microscope
While Chelsea have been playing good football in recent times, with some prime examples being a 1-1 draw against Atletico at Home or the draw against Barcelona or even the 2-1 loss against United where Chelsea forced Mourinho to play his negative football in their own home. However, Chelsea have lacked teeth. Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud haven’t done enough to sway any Chelsea fans either. February has been a midfielders’ show with Pedro, Willian and Hazard all contributing to the tally. However, with barely a consolation goal for Giroud and Morata going through a Goal draught, you can point to where Chelsea have been going wrong.
So what? Blame the Strikers? Not quite. Michy Batshuayi’s amazing form has only shown that under the right system, the strikers can strive well. All Conte needs to do now is shake up the system, give the strikers something fresh to start with and both the Spaniard and the Frenchman will surely find their confidence back to fire Chelsea to a minimum Top 4 finish and a good challenge for the FA Cup.
Manchester City haven’t been in the best of their form lately. A win will go a long way to bolstering their morale towards their visit to Camp Nou on 15th March.