The games are coming on a spin and freewheel. The pressure is gradually accumulating for teams as competition for places takes precedence. It’s Middlesbrough against Chelsea. Every Chelsea fan can still recall the ugly memories of the 3 – 0 hammering in 2005/06 season by the Teesiders. Here are three things to expect from this clash:
BORO TO PLAY THE SPOILERS GAME:
On their return to the Premier League, the Boro side look a well-built team with experience and talent. In Aitor Karanka, they have a manager that is tactically sound after being mentored by Ex-Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho. Their defensive setup has been superb and has collected points against Arsenal and Manchester City. Chelsea should expect them to play on the counter and equally park the bus. It’s up to Conte and Chelsea to fashion out a system that can break them down.
Games at the Riverside Stadium are usually on a high tempo. The classy beauty and the beast clash will be on show today. Both teams possess in their ranks midfield generals that can do battle, so you can expect lots of tackles, fouls, fight and sweat in this game. Chelsea must be up and strong for this game.
The pressure will be on Chelsea to sustain their good form and expect Boro to set up in a system that will both stifle Chelsea’s creativity and test their defensive nous. The spotlight will be on the two managers as their teams battle. Whoever employs the right system, reads the game well and tweaks his tactics aright might just have the edge in this encounter.
Still hoping for the best. Cheers!