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Chelsea’s fixtures for the new 2019/20 Premier League season have since been released, and the Blues will start the opening game against a rival team. The Blues will start the season with a bang as Chelsea will face Manchester United in their opening fixture.
Both sides are expected to fight for the top four next season, as Chelsea ended the last campaign in 3rd, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s finished in 6th place.
This isn’t the first time Chelsea will meet United on the opening day of the Premier League, as the Blues met United in 2004/05 season – Jose Mourinho’s first league game as Chelsea boss.
Chelsea won that game 1-0, and Mourinho has revealed the secret tactics he used against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, claiming that even if the game lasted 900 minutes, Manchester United would never have scored.
Mourinho told The Coaches’ Voice: “It was important to win against a direct rival.
“In the context of 38 matches you cannot lose many points, especially at home against direct rivals if you want to win the title.
“I thought it was very important because there was not a contradiction between our words to the players, our ambitions, and then the result of the match.
“If you say ‘this season is to be champions’ and then the first match you lose 3-0 at home to a direct rival, you give one step back.
“So it was one step forward, there was a big relation between that match and what we tried to give to the team in pre-season which was mental strength, being compact, tactical discipline and then be really ambitious on that approach that sometimes I call the ‘all in approach’.
“You have to put everything in that game, in every minute of the game, every second of the game, it’s all in.
“It’s your qualities, your physical power, it’s your aggression, it’s your emotional control, you have to put everything in.
“That game was one of those matches where we could feel the ‘all in’.
“It’s one of those matches where I felt the game is 90 minutes, but it could be 900 minutes and they wouldn’t score. We would always win the match.”