Seven English Premier League (EPL) teams are competing in the Champions League and Europa League mid-week. All returned with a victory except Chelsea who were disappointed when tied 0-0 with Spanish champions Sevilla at home.
Defending champions Liverpool beat Ajax 1-0, Manchester City beat Porto (3-1), Manchester United tame PSG (2-1) in the Champions League while in Europa League action, Tottenham beat LASK, 3-0, Arsenal beat Rapid Vienna (2-1) and Leicester defeated Zorya Luhansk (3-0).
With the positive achievement, it will definitely motivate the seven teams involved when they return to the English Premier League (EPL) campaign for this week. And it is no exception to Chelsea.
The Blues coached by Frank Lampard who had to be content to share points with Sevilla after being tied 0-0 went to Old Trafford late tonight to meet the host squad, The Red Devils.
This focus match is definitely highly anticipated by the supporters of both teams. After five games, Chelsea finished eighth with eight points, while United were 15th with six points after four games.
United, who welcomed the Blues with two wins in a row, including beating Newcastle, 4-1, last week, have largely erased criticism of them after being humiliated by Tottenham, 1-6 earlier.
So what are the expectations for this match? Of course it is intense and may be a little hot. Like United, Chelsea face fragile defensive problems when conceding nine goals after five games. United were even more serious when they conceded 12 goals from just four games.
For the record, Chelsea have never won at Old Trafford in the last seven years and Lampard, who emerged as the team’s new operator last season, has been ‘taught’ when his men were beaten 4-0 in the opening action.
After that, his team lost again 0-2 in the second action at home. Probably their best motivation when they managed to get rid of United in the FA Cup semi-finals in two games.
Meanwhile, incumbent Liverpool will host Sheffield United early tomorrow morning. They came up with a positive motivation as a result of the 1-0 victory over Ajax, but a little restless without the absence of the backbone, Virgil van Dijk due to injury.
League leaders Everton will travel to St Mary’s to meet Southampton to hunt for three more points to strengthen their position. In the final action last week, Carlo Ancelotti’s side were tied 2-2 against Liverpool.
The only team that has not lost or drawn, Dean Smith’s Aston Villa will host Leeds United.