Chelsea were held to a goalless draw at Sunderland. Blame it on the Champions League hangover or the Blues’ failure to break open the Black Cats’ defensive wall but, it’s not easy stopping Mourinho’s blue machine and Sunderland deserved the point.
After the frustrating draw, the Portuguese will have another bewildering decision to make; case in point: selecting his striker against Tottenham. Diego Costa received his fifth yellow card in the Premier League which means the Spaniard has triggered an automatic suspension.
It was only a matter of time before Costa reached that unwanted level and timing couldn’t have been worse as the Blues go head to head against their bitter London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. For the Portuguese manager it all comes down to youth vs experience.
Jose Mourinho is confident he has the necessary firepower to defeat his opponents.
“No problem. We don’t cry about the injured players or suspended players”.“If he’s suspended, he’s suspended. He can rest and can be fresh against Newcastle. Against Tottenham, Drogba and Remy will have their opportunity to start.” – Jose Mourinho
Loic Remy or Didier Drogba Who to Start against Tottenham
We shed light upon a few advantages and disadvantages of both these prolific strikers:
After sustaining a groin injury in the Champions League game against Maribor, Remy hasn’t received his opportunity to get back into the squad. With 2 goals in 4 games the French international would be desperate to prove his worth and compete for the first team squad.
The french international has a lot to offer; his consistency and his physicality. With the pace and canny movement Loic Remy brings to the squad, it will be a picnic for the trio behind him; be it the counter attack or dribbling past defenses. The Frenchman has exquisite finishing skills and can take that risk of shooting from a distance.
The last time Loic Remy started a match was nearly a month ago. He hasn’t had the time to punch in a good 60 minutes to get those legs running. The Frenchman isn’t the greatest at his defensive duties and might give away important possession. The 27-year-old has been caught by the offside trap on numerous occasions and his ability to cross the ball into the box is weak.
This Chelsea Legend needs no introduction, back at the club where he belongs Drogba’s fairy tale return still goes on. He has proved this season that his return has not been solely a wistful exercise with 4 goals from only a handful of appearances. The Ivorian can act as a general when needed; motivating and galvanizing this young squad, Gerr, learn something.
It’s the experience that Drogba brings to the table that matters the most. He has bullied plenty of center backs throughout his career; is immensely smart in getting rid of his markers and great in the air during set pieces. With 101 goals throughout his Premier League career the Ivorian can read the game very well and takes no time adapting to the given situation.
At the age of 36 Didier Drogba has lost a few of his quality traits like pace, stamina and work rate. Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian play behind the striker with immense speed and work rate; it will be a difficult task for Drogba to match these qualities during a counter attack or covering down opponents when possession is needed.
With Diego Costa out, the Spurs would have thanked their stars since they have one less thing to worry about. Loic Remy might just have the edge over the Ivorian with the immense pace he can offer; Drogba could add some firepower coming on in the final stages of the game. Unbeaten throughout this competitive season and the Blues would like to keep it that way this Wednesday as the fans would be hoping for a great derby.
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Edited By: Ojas Tripathi