Champions Chelsea Face Stern Test At Leicester, Jose Mourinhos claim that Chelsea’s season is finally heading in the right direction will face a stern test when the Premier League champions visit unexpected pace-setters Leicester City on Monday. Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester will go into the game having been dislodged from the head of the table by Manchester City who moved top on goal difference following Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Swansea City.
Champions Chelsea Face Stern Test At Leicester
But their form this season has been in stark contrast to that of Mourinho’s Chelsea, whose last league outing ended in a shock home defeat by Bournemouth. That result left the Blues manager stunned and appeared to have undone the progress made by the Stamford Bridge outfit since the last international break.
Champions Chelsea face stern City test
Mourinhos faith in Chelsea faces Leicester test
Fortunately for Mourinho who succeeded Ranieri as Chelsea manager when he first took charge of the club in 2004 the latest emerging crisis was stalled by the mid-week Champions League defeat of FC Porto, which ensured that Chelsea advanced to the last 16 as winners of their group.
Mourinhos faith in Chelsea faces test in Leicester
With their European future assured, the club can concentrate on improving a disastrous domestic campaign that sees them currently lying 15th perilously close to the relegation places. The expectation ever since the opening weeks of the season was that Chelsea would soon turn things around and resume their challenge for a top-four finish.
Chelsea face stern test at Leicester
But with 14 points separating them from the Champions League qualification places the managers belief that his side are back on track must be justified soon if they are to launch a charge up the table. Right back Branislav Ivanovic is convinced however that Chelsea can now transfer their European form to the Premier League.