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Chelsea vs Manchester United: Potential XI with three in midfield

by Leo Nieboer

Antonio Conte must be glad that Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-1 defeat detracted attention away from his side’s 3-0 humbling in Rome on Tuesday night.

Not just because the result was poor, I should say, but rather because Roma deployed a relatively basic system, adopted a good tempo, and took the English champions to the cleaners.

They will still be hurting, no doubt, especially if N’Golo Kante remains injured, and Mourinho may feel inclined to employ a relatively similar approach to the Serie A side when he makes the trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

With that in mind, here is a potential XI for the visit to Chelsea with a midfield three comprising of Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata.

Roma also went for a 4-3-3 and it worked to storming effect against the shaky midfield duo of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas. Daniele De Rossi was the controller, Kevin Strootman provided the legs, and Radja Nainggolan injected forward impetus.

The rest followed, with Edin Dzeko serving as a physically imposing figurehead at No.9 whilst Diego Perotti and Stephan El Shaarawy pulled Chelsea’s back four apart from the flanks.

And while the likes of Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini would be salutary to replicating this attacking mould, Mourinho can still deploy a front six capable of producing the same kind of dynamic that left Chelsea’s back four so unsettled earlier this week.

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