The biggest match of Chelsea’s season so far will come when they travel to Anfield the weekend after next.
The Blues go into the game having seen several teams ripped to shreds in front of the Kop due to the aggressive and attacking brand of football Brendan Rodgers has got his side playing.
It certainly won’t be the most important match that Jose Mourinho has ever taken charge of but it is one of, if not, the most significant.
Mourinho is world famous for being one of the best tacticians in world football and his intelligence in terms of keeping Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling out of the game will be tested to the very limit.
Teams have struggled to find ways to contain Liverpool’s attack this season, which is demonstrated by the fact they have scored a staggering 93 goals and are still counting, certain to pass the 100 mark by the end of the campaign.
The reason this game is so significant for Mourinho is because it’s the ultimate test and subsequently the ultimate demonstration of his tactical genius.
One thing you can always be sure of with the Portuguese boss is that he’s unpredictable and he will come up with a system, which hasn’t been seen or used before as he tries to keep the Liverpool front pack quiet.
The shape of Chelsea’s side is predictable as they are likely to soak up a lot of pressure through players like Nemanja Matic and David Luiz before trying to steal a goal on the counter attack.
It’s the individual tactics which will be the most significant; how Mourinho tells certain players to monitor Suarez or how he tells his side to contain Sterling by funnelling him into a certain part of the pitch.
If Chelsea dig in and get a result against Liverpool, the most impressive side to watch in the Premier League this season, the credit has to go to their boss for getting a result that few teams have achieved so far this season.
It’s all set up perfectly with Rodgers and Mourinho likely to be trying to second guess each other over the course of next week, ahead of the game which could decide whether Steven Gerrard or John Terry is lifting the Premier League trophy at the end of the campaign.
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