BY PAUL OMBATI
Jose Mourinho will head back to his former club Chelsea FC seeking to end new coach Maurizio Sarri’s unbeaten start to build momentum after their comeback against Newcastle United two weeks ago.
The Blues are eyeing to remain unbeaten throughout their first nine matches of a Premier League season for the third time, having also done so in their title-winning campaigns of 2005/06 and 2014/15.
But Mourinho’s headache will be how to stop a stubborn Eden Hazard who is the Premier League’s top scorer so far after netting seven times and three assists, making him the first player to record 10 goal involvements this season.
Eden Hazard has formed a habit of scoring crucial goals against Manchester United with the recent one being the FA Cup fianal at Wembley during the last season Stadium where Chelsea lifted the coveted trophy in what ended up as Antonio Conte’s final match in charge of the blues just two season’s after replacing Mourinho.
United have never won at Stamford Bridge in all competitions since Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012/13 season (P6 W0 D15), making the Blues one of only two sides against whom United have lost more matches in the Premier League than they have won, suffering 18 defeats. The other side is Brighton & Hove Albion.
This comes at a time when Mourinho is under fire to perform with some British tabloids calling for his exit.
The Portuguese has only won four games out of the eight matches played, losing thrice and drawing once, a situation that has settled them at 13th position on the table.
The former FC Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid coach has coached Chelsea for two ‘terms’, winning the Blues three EPL titles. He is so far the most decorated Chelsea manager.
Who will carry the day in the 2.30pm (EAT) kick off?