Saturday, November 25, 2006

Why Chelsea are likely to beat United...

Tommorrow we will see arguably the biggest domestic game of the season so far when Chelsea visit Old Trafford. I'm predicting an away win. Why? Because Chelsea have something that neither United or Arsenal have - a truly solid back four and midfield. United and Arsenal play more attractive attacking football, while Chelsea play more of a pragmatic game. The Chelsea system is built on total team-work and the emphasis is always about not getting beaten rather than all out attack. Last season Jose Mourinho said that he'd be quite happy to win every game 1-0, this came as no surprise to observers of the Portuguese manager - Porto played the same brand of pragmatic footall.

Chelsea stiffle the opposition by putting a human brick wall around the Chelsea area, once the opposition team fails to break them down, the blues lauch swift killer counter attacks. Often Chelsea's play isn't that pretty to watch, but effective it is.

Having studied Chelsea, my advice to United would be to move the ball as quickly as they can and play as much one/two touch football as possible thus giving the visitors no opportunity to tackle them. My fear is that United will suffer at set-pieces and on counter attacks.

My prediction is a 1-2 win for the visitors with Drogba once again being the star of the show. I'll be very happy to be proven wrong.

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