Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea on Sunday and it is the safest of bets that Saturday’s press conference will fire the first bullets ahead of a match neither side can afford to lose. Antonio Conte will inevitably be in Mourinho’s sights, but to the many targets for the Vitriolic One was added Manchester United fans, which surely completes the full set as there can be no one else left for him to criticize.

The pressure is mounting on the chasing pack and by the time the game at StamfordBridge kicks off, if Manchester City beats Arsenal, then United would trail the leader by eight points with Chelsea 12 points in Team Guardiola’s wake.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.