Five key battles vs Chelsea: including Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can

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With just three games to go, and four points separating us from the Premier League’s top four, the unenviable task of taking three points from Stamford Bridge is surely a must, should we wish to play in next season’s Champions League.

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Chelsea finally confirmed the inevitable last week, as their victory against Crystal Palace made them champions. So perhaps, we can rely on the Blues to allow a little complacency to creep into their game with their season effectively over.

Nevertheless, the quality in Jose Mourinho’s side means that we will have to be very near out best if we hope to win the game. Here are five key battles that may help to decide Sunday’s result:

Emre Can vs Eden Hazard

If Brendan Rodgers decides to play with four at the back to allow for the second wave of attack, that comes from just behind the striker, to be thwarted, then it is likely that it’ll be Emre Can who has to stop the PFA Player of the Year, Eden Hazard. The Belgian has given defences a torrid time for much of this season, but Can has given plenty of indications this season that he will be able to handle his trickery.

But don’t expect this battle to only take place in our half, as Can does offer an option going forward, and if Hazard is forced to track with him, it may blunt Chelsea’s immediate attacking threat.

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