Thursday, 19 October, 2017

After draws, Mourinho hopes Man U can avoid Chelsea ambush

Sammy Stanley | 16 April, 2017, 01:37

Asked how far away United were from being the best team in the country, the Portuguese told Sky Sports: "Far... because the best team, in the Premier League, is the team with more points".

Chelsea are seven points clear of second placed Tottenham with just seven games of the campaign to go.

Mourinho, the most successful manager in Chelsea's history, hit back by pointing out that "Judas is number one" in Chelsea's record books.

The defensive solidity that provided the foundations for their initial romp to the summit may have ebbed away slightly - their last clean sheet in the league came nearly three months ago - but there is a grinding savvy about Antonio Conte's side that makes them worthy pace-setters.

Having lost twice to Chelsea this season and coming into the game off the back of another frustrating 1-1 draw, this time away to Anderlecht in the Europa League.

"I would have loved to have played under Conte", he said on Soccer AM.

That FA Cup quarter-final on March 13 ended in a 1-0 defeat for United and he also faced hostility during the 0-4 Premier League loss at Chelsea on Oct 23. I think, when I talk about tough games, I involve tactical aspects, physical aspects, mental aspects. not only one aspect.

Chelsea face a hard run of fixtures in April, with a clash at Manchester United followed by a home game against Southampton and a trip to Everton, as well as an FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.

"First of all, some guys are fresh, some guys are exhausted", the United boss said when asked how the sides compare.

According to a Sport24 report, Mourinho is hoping that after five draws in six games, he will be able to get Manchester United over the line against his former club, which sacked him mid-way last season for under performance. It's important to continue to work and have our idea of football.

Costa is preparing to face up to his former boss at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Mourinho's Manchester United looking for their first victory of the season over the current league leaders. It's also because they have individual quality and they have collective quality.

Drogba was recently announced as player-owner of American side Phoenix Rising, but would he want a return to Stamford Bridge? "They stick to it".

The final Premier League games are scheduled for May 21, with the Europa League final, should United reach it, being played in Stockholm three days later. Shaw was an unused substitute in the draw against Anderlecht having played the first 60 minutes against Sunderland last week.

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