After two tough away fixtures where Chelsea and Mourinho continued the historic trend of not winning, we now get to face off against Southampton, a team we failed to beat in both tries last season.
Jose Mourinho has insisted that Eden Hazard remains the best player in the Premier League, despite failing to hit the heights in recent weeks. Outside of Thibaut Courtois, there are no known injuries now.
After coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Newcastle United last weekend, more errors allowed Porto to record a 2-1 win in the UEFA Champions League in midweek.
‘We need to be clinical.
“Maybe they have a few defensive problems”, Koeman told the club website on Thursday.
Chelsea have conceded 14 goals – almost half of the total they conceded last term – in just seven games, and have looked uncharacteristically shaky at the back throughout the opening rounds of the season. “Maybe the confidence is not quite the same”. They showed their character previous year.
Chelsea FC play host to Southampton as Ronald Koeman’s outfit look to take advantage of the Blues’ poor form.
Italy striker Graziano Pelle has already found the net four times in the league this season for Saints and Koeman is adamant his attack can ask more questions of Chelsea’s increasingly vulnerable backline.
‘You know when you’re a manager of a big team, if you don’t win there will always be critics, that’s normal, ‘ said Koeman.
Saturday’s derby will be a chance for fourth-placed Arsenal to keep pace with Manchester City, who are five points ahead of them at the top of the table.
“We know the qualities they can bring and we have to be on a very high level to be able to have a good result”.