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City’s fantastic four to make Mourinho’s week go from bad to worse

14 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
City’s fantastic four to make Mourinho’s week go from bad to worse

The Manchester club were excellent against West Brom - they will be relishing facing a lethargic-looking Chelsea at the Etihad on Sunday

He once allegedly hid in a laundry basket to swerve a UEFA stadium ban, yet the behaviour and actions of Jose Mourinho still have the ability to surprise.

Quite what he thought he would achieve by being so publicly critical of his medical team – namely Eva Carneiro – following Chelsea’s lethargic 2-2 draw against Swansea is a mystery.

His motives, though, are simple.

They always are with Mourinho, a man who is prepared to resort to varying measures of malevolence in order to get his way.

It is often said that the most important person at a football club is the manager.

That is not the case at Chelsea.

Roman Abramovich, their Russian billionaire owner who has invested his personal fortune into delivering the most-successful period in their history, is, unsurprisingly, the number one.

Mourinho knows that, which explains why he might aim his dissatisfaction following a regressive summer in the transfer market at the physios and not the man writing the cheques.

Perhaps it is a two-year itch.

The 52-year-old says he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge until he is no longer wanted, but the inescapable truth is that he has never remained at a club for more than three full seasons.

It is easy for a bachelor to declare himself a changed man who wants to get married.

The real test, however, is how he reacts when his cosy afternoon watching Super Sunday with the lads is vetoed in favour of a trip to B&Q to price up garden furniture.

What happens next is likely to depend on how his team does at Manchester City on Sunday.

Should his team not get beaten at the Etihad, then the issue should naturally settle down.

That will be the Portuguese’s aim.

His side have lost only once in their last nine away matches against teams that finished in the top-six and it is inconceivable that he will do anything other than set his team up for a draw (12/5) and perhaps try and steal a win (5/2).

But if his team are turned over, then expect another tantrum subconsciously expressing his frustrations at having a player sold to a rival club against his wishes (Petr Cech) and his two main signings being no better than squad players (Asmir Begovic and Radamel Falcao) aimed at someone in the vicinity.

A City victory (11/10) – they have won seven of their last eight home games – seems more likely at this point.

Chelsea look laboured and are yet to win a game this season – a run comprised of four pre-season friendlies, the Community Shield and last week’s Premier League opener.

City, however, produced the most impressive performance of the opening weekend, dismantling West Brom 3-0 at the Hawthorns.

David Silva was his usual irresistible self, while Yaya Toure produced a devastating performance of power and poise.

The Ivorian could play as an advanced midfielder on Sunday and is 13/2 to score anytime in a City victory.

Raheem Sterling, meanwhile, enjoyed an enterprising debut on the left-wing against the Baggies and will be encouraged by how easily Swansea winger Jefferson Montero dominated right-back Branislav Ivanovic last week.

The England international should have capped his first City appearance with a goal and is 6/4 to score anytime against Chelsea.

And don’t forget Sergio Aguero, who is in contention to start after coming on as a second-half substitute at West Brom.

The Argentine has four goals in his last four games at the Etihad and is 4/1 to score first and 6/5 to do so at anytime.

Mourinho would love to add fresh impetus to his own team by bringing in such an indisputable, world-class talent and is unlikely to remain quiet if his side trail City by five points at the game’s end.

The Chelsea kit man, tea lady and coach driver will be bracing themselves if that proves to be the case.

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