Chelsea will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to life under head coach Thomas Tuchel when they lock horns with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Since succeeding Frank Lampard in the managerial hot seat at Stamford Bridge last month, the German has enjoyed a promising start to his rein, winning six of his first eight games in charge in all competitions.
After guiding the Blues to wins over the likes of Burnley, Newcastle United and Sheffield United in amongst his first few Premier League games at the helm, Tuchel faced his sternest test yet on Tuesday evening as the Blues faced Atletico Madrid in the first-leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie in Bucharest.
Despite the daunting challenge that Chelsea faced, the Blues were not fazed by their opponents, sealing an impressive 1-0 thanks to a moment of individual brilliance from Olivier Giroud.
Now, Tuchel will be hoping to see his side build on their midweek heroics when they face United on Sunday, in what is forecasted as Tuchel’s biggest Premier League game in charge yet.
United will arrive in west London looking to extend an unbeaten run of their own in the league to six matches.
But whilst Tuchel will be looking to guide his side to another impressive result, he will be calling upon his defenders to stop one of the best strikers in the world in the shape of Edinson Cavani, as according to the German, that is exactly what the former Napoli man is.
Cavani and Tuchel, of course, worked together at Paris Saint-Germain before the Uruguay international left last summer before joining United on a free-transfer.
This season, the veteran has been in and out of the United team, regularly interchanging with Anthony Martial. But should he start Sunday’s contest at Stamford Bridge, Tuchel will be fully aware of the threat he will pose.
Speaking back in October, ahead of PSG’s Champions League clash with United, the German said: “They’ve got a great personality, like with many of the biggest players of the game. It’s the same with Edi.
“Very polite, almost a bit shy. Hard, hard worker. He will be there in every training (session) first minute until last minute. Every game from first second until last second. You can totally rely on him.
“He’s living for goals, living for scoring. When he scores, when he has the confidence, he’s one of the (best) number nines in world football.
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“Hopefully he will show, not tomorrow but from Wednesday on, he can start to convince all of you. I have nothing against that. But tomorrow it’s not necessary to prove me right.”
Whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will opt to start Cavani or Martial in west London on Sunday afternoon remains to be seen. But should it be Cavani, Tuchel will be hoping he has all of the know-how for how to stop the Uruguayan from leaving his calling card.
Since joining United last summer, Cavani has made 24 appearances in all competitions, chipping in with seven goals.