Chelsea: Play Cole, Drill Crosses And Remain Patient To Beat Stoke

Chelsea travel to Stoke tomorrow afternoon in what is renowned as an incredibly tough place to go. Jose Mourinho’s men have struggled at points on the road this season and will be in no mood to do so again when they get to the Britannia, so here are three things that the Special One should do in order to enhance the Blues’ chances of victory.

First up I would drop Cesar Azpilicueta.

The Spaniard has played well over the last few weeks at left-back but after the Sunderland game I think it’s time for Ashley Cole to step in and take the reigns.

Going up against Stoke is very much a battle and I think Cole would be more suited to that.

Secondly I would be drilling balls into the box at every given opportunity.

The Potters have a big, strong side who thrive on balls coming at them in the air, but their organisational skills don’t match up to their dominance in the air and a couple of low, clever ball hammered at their feet could catch them off-guard.

I think the most important aspect of the game though is that Chelsea need to be patient. Stoke love to frustrate opponents, especially at home, but if the west London club carry on in their natural rhythm then the win should come.