Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 24th 2014 Contents MANCHESTER---Two of world
football s great tacticians go
head-to-head for only the sec-
ond time in a competitive
match when Jose Mourinho s
Chelsea puts its unbeaten
record in the Premier League
on the line against Louis van
Gaal s Manchester United on
Mourinho was given his
break in management by Van
Gaal when he worked as an
assistant to the Dutchman at
Spanish side Barcelona from
1997-2000, and the mutual
respect between the pair lasts
to this day.
When Mourinho s Inter Milan
beat Van Gaal s Bayern Munich
2-0 in the 2010 Champions
League final, it was a win for
the pupil over his master.
Four years on, they are now
regarded as two coaching vet-
erans managing two of the
game s other great clubs. It gives
the match at Old Trafford a fas-
"Maybe it will be a tactical
affair," United midfielder Daley
"I think both coaches are very
strong at that point, so maybe
it will be a tight game."
Chelsea heads to Manchester
as the Premier League leader
and the only unbeaten team after
United is 10 points behind in
Below are some other talking
points ahead of this weekend s
matches in England s top league:
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Battle of tacticians as...
Chelsea visits Man U
Chelsea could be without Diego
Costa for a third straight match, with
the Spain striker having been admitted
to a hospital with a severe stomach
virus in the days after his return from
Costa, who has also been struggling
with nagging hamstring problems, has
been released from the hospital and his
condition is improving, but it's unclear
whether he'll be ready to play on Sun-
day.He is tied with Manchester City
striker Sergio Aguero as the top scorer
in the division with nine goals.
Mourinho could also be missing an-
other striker for the weekend as Loic
Remy limped off with a groin injury dur-
ing the 6-0 win over Maribor in the
Champions League on Tuesday.
United captain Wayne Rooney is
also out as he serves the final game of
a three-match suspension.
Why always him?
After his latest brush with contro-
versy, Mario Balotelli may find himself
on Liverpool's substitutes' bench for
Saturday's home match against Hull.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
reprimanded Balotelli for exchanging
shirts with Real Madrid defender Pepe
as they walked off the pitch at halftime
of a Champions League match on
"Any action will be kept between
ourselves," Rodgers said Thursday. "We
just had a conversation about the cul-
ture in this country and in particular Liv-
erpool and that is it. Matter closed."
Balotelli, still without a league goal
since joining from AC Milan in August,
was replaced at halftime of the 3-0 loss
to Madrid after another ineffective per-
formance. Rickie Lambert could start
up front for fifth-place Liverpool at An-
"He is genuinely working hard and
doing his best at Liverpool," Rodgers
said of Balotelli. That is all I can ask as a
coach --- whether that best is going to
be good enough that remains to be
On the wrong end of an 8-0 ham-
mering last weekend, Sunderland goes
looking for payback when it hosts Arse-
nal on Saturday.
Sunderland's players have offered to
refund the travel and ticket costs for
the 2,500 fans who made the 700-mile
trip to watch the team capitulate at
Southampton on Saturday.
Any unclaimed money will go to a
"It's a decision they made and I to-
tally respect it," Sunderland manager
Gus Poyet said Thursday.
Arsenal, which has defensive prob-
lems with Mathieu Debuchy and Lau-
rent Koscielny out injured, is without a
win in three league games and is al-
ready 11 points behind Chelsea.
Second-place Manchester City,
which is five points behind Chelsea,
heads to fourth-place West Ham with
Aguero looking to score for a sixth
straight game in all competitions.
Southampton, a point behind City in
third, hosts Stoke.
Also, it's West Bromwich Albion vs.
Crystal Palace and Swansea vs. Leices-
ter on Saturday.
On Sunday, it's: Burnley vs Everton;
and Tottenham vs Newcastle. Queens
Park Rangers hosts Aston Villa on
manager Louis van Gaal
Chelsea's head coach
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