Chelsea Pre-United Team News: Mourinho Offers Latest On Matic, Ivanovic & Lampard

By on January 17, 2014

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Chelsea entertain Manchester United on Sunday afternoon in what’s going to be a titanic clash at Stamford Bridge.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday morning and gave Chelseafc.com the latest team news ahead of the game.

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The big news this week in West London was the signing of defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic from Benfica. The Serbian returned to Chelsea after leaving the club two-and-a-half years ago as part of the deal that saw David Luiz come to the Premier League.

Matic has trained with his new team mates for the last two days but Mourinho has confirmed he won’t be starting against United out of ‘respect’ for the existing Chelsea players.

This could open the door for Frank Lampard to make his return with Mourinho revealing that the 35-year-old will be in contention on Sunday. Lampard has missed the last three weeks after picking up a muscle injury against Liverpool in December, but has trained this week and could now face the champions.

However, one man who is certain to miss the game is Branislav Ivanovic with Mourinho confirming the Serbian defender is still nursing a knee injury that he also suffered against the Merseysiders, meaning Cesar Azpilicueta will continue to play at right-back.

Now we’ve seen the team news, what team do Chelsea fans think Mourinho should pick? Share your views below.

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13 Comments

  1. Olaide Kabiru Kebe

    January 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I Like Nani

  2. blue4life

    January 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    this game that initially looked like a 3 pointer is looking otherwise. lampard 35, without playing times almost a month is preferred to someone who played an el-classico last week and scored

  3. Dennis Oletukovie

    January 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    If Mourihno ll not pair Ramires with Mikel or Luiz, then, he shud start Matic rather than Lampard. While my attacking side shud b Willian, Mata & Hazard coupled with Torez.

  4. stephen

    January 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    There shudn’t b any sentiment in d selection. I tink lampard shud b allowed to com frm d bench due to d consistency of Matic. He has been playing regularly @ benfic besides, he is familiar to EPL so, he shud start d game

  5. stephen

    January 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I wud prefer a 4-2-3-1 formation. Cech, terry, cahill, cole, azpillicuta, matic, ramirez, william, hazard, oscar n torres

  6. Sustain

    January 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Mourinho sud nt start lampard bcos he did nt hav match fitnes, pls start tores

  7. abdullahi

    January 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    i would also prefer dis information -4-3-2-1,..cech cahil terry cole luiz,mikel ramires hazard mata william nd torez

  8. Kapuya ismail gani

    January 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Luiz and ramires shld start

  9. johnson aina

    January 17, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Matic should start ahead of lampard

  10. austine daivd

    January 17, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I hope chelsea will win this match,if only mourinho select the right players for the GAME…up chelsea.

  11. Zeezo

    January 17, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I wil would prefer him 2 use 4-3-3 formation………cahil, cole, Azpilecueta, luiz, ramirez, matic, williams, hazzard, shurrle, torres

  12. Mirzokayum

    January 18, 2014 at 12:06 am

    I like that Mourinho’s chosen to put Lampard on, because of his experience in such big games. I think his gonna score, he always does when he returns. Come On Chelsea!!

  13. ugbor ifeanyi

    January 19, 2014 at 7:18 am

    all that i am saying is that chelsea will triumph over man.u today , up Eden hazard

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