CHELSEA v Liverpool: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Date: Sunday, 29 December

Kick-off: 16.00 GMT

This afternoon’s game sees the reunion of Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers, who was of course at Chelsea as reserve team manager during Jose’s first spell at the club. Unfortunately, it also sees the reunion of Branislav Ivanovic and Luis Suarez after ‘that’ biting incident. Of course, being the sort of professional Suarez could only dream of being, Ivanovic doesn’t intend to go into the game holding a grudge – although he’d probably do better holding a mouthguard up against the Uruguayan in any 50/50’s anyway!

In spite of Mourinho sticking pins in dolls hoping for an injury prior to the game though, it looks as if Suarez will be on the pitch for the start of this one – so let’s hope he keeps his teeth to himself when Ivanovic offers his hand.

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into this afternoon’s game, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says of our opponents “They are not involved in the heat of the knock-out situation in the Champions League or even Europa League.  Quality, plus ambition and this advantage – so yes, (they could win).  These players are going to play 60 matches. Liverpool will play 40 matches. It’s a big difference.  Liverpool are on holidays (for) one season – one week to prepare a match, play the match, one more week to prepare the next match. This is an advantage, an unbelievable advantage.”

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers meanwhile, says of us “They have a lot of quality. Over the last 10 years they have been one of the most successful clubs in the country and in Europe.  How they have been building up that squad and changing it has been remarkable.  They have got a host of talented players and a world-class manager. We understand how difficult it will be.  They are getting the results and that is all that will concern Jose and the supporters.  Every team will always look to improve their performance level.  Certainly with him coming into a new group of players, it will take him time to understand the method of how they work.  But they are up there in that top four, where they would expect to be.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, van Ginkel remains out long-term and Ramires has a one-match ban.

For Liverpool, he might be able to walk on water but Gerard hasn’t been able to overcome his hamstring injury before this game, Jon Flanagan (hamstring), Daniel Sturridge (ankle), Jose Enrique and Sebastian Coates (both knee) also miss out.  Victor Moses is ineligible to play against us.

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Chelsea:  Cech,  Terry,  Luiz,  Ivanovic,  Azpilicueta,  Lampard,  Mikel,  Mata,  Oscar,  Hazard, Torres.

LIVERPOOL (Possible line-up): Liverpool:  Mignolet,  Johnson,  Sakho,  Cissokho,  Skrtel, Coutinho,  Henderson,  Leiva,  Allen,  Sterling,  Suarez

 

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool (11th November 2012)

 

PREDICTION

It’s hardly football’s best kept secret our strikers are struggling to score (unlike Luis Suarez), they’ve lost just one of their last eight games against us – and they were celebrating winning the league last week. Not convinced about this one, are you?

One Response to “CHELSEA v Liverpool: Preview”

  1. I gotta say we got a chance against liverpool, if we play andre schurelle. Forgive my spelling. We don’t have anyplayer who has an eye for goal like him. Let’s hope mourinho get his tactics and selection right, and I want to give a shout out to this site, you guys are doing a nice Job.