Chelsea team to play Manchester United: Champions-elect?

first_img1 Chelsea can move another step closer to a first Premier League title in five years when they welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, live on talkSPORT, from 5pm. Chelsea can move another step closer to a first Premier League title in five years when they welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, live on talkSPORT, from 5pm.Cesc Fabregas’ late goal against QPR last weekend ensured the league leaders maintained their seven-point gap over Arsenal, with a game in hand, and Jose Mourinho’s side can move ten points clear, with the Gunners in FA Cup action this weekend.The Blues are hopeful that striker Loic Remy will be fit after he missed the match last Sunday with a calf injury. Diego Costa is still absent but the Spaniard could return for the Arsenal game next week.With that in mind, will club legend Didier Drogba lead the line, and will Brazilian Oscar return to the starting XI? talkSPORT takes a look…Here’s how Chelsea could line-up against Manchester United:GoalkeeperThibaut Courtois was at his best again against QPR after a slight slump in form, and the Belgian has rewarded Mourinho’s faith in installing him as first-choice keeper this season.The 22-year-old also earned a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year Award earlier this week.DefenceChelsea boast the second best defensive record in the league this season, and John Terry and Gary Cahill will continue their partnership at centre-back.United’s recent renaissance has coincided with Ashley Young and Juan Mata’s good form and full-backs Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta will be tasked with nullifying their threat.MidfieldFabregas has endured a difficult second half to the season but last weekend’s late winner could be the catalyst to reignite the Spaniard’s form.With Oscar fading towards the end of the campaign and speculation rife over his future, Fabregas could once again operate further forward, protected by Nemanja Matic and Brazilian Ramires.Eden Hazard – favourite for the PFA Player of the Year – will be Chelsea’s biggest threat and with United missing Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind through injury, the Belgian could expose United’s depleted defence.AttackRemy, who has seven goals this season including crucial strikes against Man City, Hull and Stoke, returned to training the week and could be put straight back into the side by Mourinho.Alternatively Drogba, who was excellent against United in October, could retain his place despite an ineffective performance at Loftus Road.Chelsea fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Man United? Comment below…last_img read more

Roberto Martinez says his players deserve to be heroes in Belgium

first_imgBelgium manager Roberto Martinez hopes his team’s stunning World Cup victory over five-time winners Brazil will inspire pride back home.Fernandinho’s own goal and a Kevin De Bruyne stunner sent the Red Devils through to the semi-finals despite Renato Augusto’s late goal in a thrilling encounter. It doesn’t get any easier for Belgium, who meet France in their first World Cup semi-final since 1986 on Tuesday at 7pm.Join talkSPORT for live commentary as the action unfolds at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. Belgium’s golden generation shone on the big stage, with masterclasses from Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois, and Martinez believes they have earned the right to be heroes.He told talkSPORT: “We had incredible hearts out there. Sometimes you have to accept that Brazil have this finesse, that quality that will break you down, but they didn’t accept it.“I didn’t even think for one minute that they were going to give up. This is something special.“These boys deserve to be real special people back in Belgium. I hope that everyone in Belgium is very proud.” Belgium celebrate their victory De Bruyne scored what proved to be the winner 2 2last_img read more