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Chelsea and Manchester United have an interesting cracker coming up this weekend at Stamford Bridge, and the two teams will be aiming for a victory for different reasons.

While Chelsea will want to at least maintain their status at the top, United will be hoping to climb further up the table.

Jorginho and Eden Hazard have been two of Chelsea’s best players and can also be ranked among the best in the Premier League this season. While Hazard is tearing teams apart with his goals and skills, Jorginho controls the game from the midfield, and has currently made the most passes in the league.

United boss Jose Mourinho will be aiming to neutralise their influence on Saturday, but Chelsea legend Pat Nevin doesn’t think it will be possible.

He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “My respect for the current Man United team is certainly not grudging, so much so that I think this Saturday is actually going to be a tougher game for us than the recent visit from Liverpool that ended 1-1. Maybe the most interesting thing for me, apart from how United will try to stop Jorginho controlling the game and Eden Hazard causing them mayhem obviously, is how Maurizio will adapt to make sure these two players are still pivotal.

“Liverpool tried to stop Jorginho by dropping Roberto Firmino into his area and then rushing our playmaker from all sides with Jordan Henderson to the fore. It didn’t work because he still found a way to obtain space and influence the game as much as anyone. Yes he was top passer again that day.

“Both coaches have had a couple of weeks to think about precisely these areas and I do not doubt we will see some interesting tweaks by two of the best thinkers in the modern game. The joy is that they will both be thinking in different ways and that is why this will be one of the most intriguing games of the season. Even in comparison to the game the other week between Liverpool and Man City where their similarities cancelled each other out, happily that will not happen this time and as such it should live up to the hype.”

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