When the team line-ups drop into the ‘Twittersphere’ it signals that tonight’s football proceedings can begin; the tweets begin, the opinions fly and the clock ticks down to kick-off.
The big talking point prior to Chelsea’s clash with Stoke City was the fact that Jose Mourinho has opted for two defensive-midfielders in John Obi Mikel and Nemanja Matic, presumably to combat Mark Hughes’ side’s physical approach to games.
Will the former Porto man’s decision to drop the creative Oscar for the more combative approach of Mikel prove costly or a shrewd move? Well, we all know Jose usually comes up smelling of roses but, with that being said, Twitter wasn’t too sure on the Chelsea’ manager’s decision.
Why is Mikel starting over oscar..? Put Cesc in front of the defence with matic and then oscar in the hole..
— 75K MIN – PS ONLY (@RedmondEsque) December 22, 2014
Matic AND Mikel. Mourinho trying to out Stoke, Stoke. #MNF
— James Hall (@James_Hall92) December 22, 2014
Both Matic and Mikel starting. Stock v Stock
— Ibrahim! (@aaramz) December 22, 2014
Kinda don't see point of having both Mikel and Matic holding
— James (@james_harriette) December 22, 2014
Cannot wait for Mikel to get the ball and mull over & carefully strategize a smashing gameplan in his head & then pass it sideways to Matic
— Luv Shukla (@Luv_Shukla) December 22, 2014
This Mourinho and his tactics tho' starting Mikel nd Matic wats he planning again? Wat does he mean?
— marktriazzysambo (@triazzytr) December 22, 2014