Chelsea Preview

Friday 20 September 2013 12:06

The early evening Saturday kick-off sees Fulham take on Chelsea in the highly anticipated SW6 derby at Stamford Bridge.



STADIUM: Stamford Bridge


THE GAFFER: Jose Mourinho, the self-proclaimed “Special One”, is back at Stamford Bridge for a second spell and Chelsea fans couldn’t be happier. He won two consecutive Premier League titles with the club between 2004 and 2006 and will be looking to have similar success this time around. Jose claims to now be the “Happy One” instead of special, but with two Champions League wins plus domestic Championships in England, Spain, Italy and Portugal – it’s hard to deny he still has that magic quality as a football manager.

THE TACTICS: Chelsea and Mourinho favour the 4-2-3-1 formation, with the three players behind the striker usually the ones who cause the damage to opposition teams. The Blues have an abundance of quality in the attacking midfield positions and will look to use the passing ability of players such as Mata, Hazard, Willian and Oscar (although only probably three will start) to open up Fulham’s back line. Fulham will need to make sure no space is between their defence and midfield in order to deny these players gaps to operate in.

Three To Watch

SAMUEL ETO’O (pictured): Whist Eto’o has only just joined Chelsea and yet to get fully up and running, it is not often you get to see a player with three Champions League winners medals to his name. Likely to occupy the lone striker role tomorrow, he’ll bring the attacking midfielders into the action with his pace and hold up play. Still deadly in front of goal and a true modern icon of the game - if he gets a chance he’ll more than likely take it.

DAVID LUIZ: The big haired, light-hearted defender often divides opinion amongst pundits and fans alike, but you’d struggle to find a more exciting centre-back playing in the Premier League. Often makes long runs with the ball, isn’t afraid to roam high up the pitch and has scored more than a few long yard thunderbolts since he arrived at Stamford Bridge. The Fulham strikers will need to pressure Luiz when he gets on the ball tomorrow in order to limit his impact.

EDEN HAZARD: Chelsea’s most gifted and skilful player. Originally a striker, he now plays on Chelsea’s left wing where he causes untold damage. Lightning pace, great finishing and an arsenal of tricks means Fulham cannot afford to let Hazard have a good game if they want to make the short journey back to Craven Cottage with any points.

Chelsea In Numbers

2 – Clubs Jose Mourinho managed between his first and current spell at Chelsea

4 – Times Chelsea have won the League

50 – Million pounds Chelsea spent on striker Fernando Torres in 2011

108 – Years since Chelsea were formed in 1905

203 – Record number of Chelsea goals scored by Frank Lampard

41,837 – Capacity of Stamford Bridge