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CHELSEA v CITY: THE MANAGER'S PREVIEW

20 November 2015

"We've got to try and take full advantage."

ALEX Neil is looking for his Canaries team to extend Chelsea's unlikely form when they meet at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (3pm).

The current Premier League champions are below City in the table after losing seven of their first 12 matches, leaving them 15 points off current pacesetters Manchester City.

Discussing his side's plans for the game on Norwich City TV, Neil says they will look to exploit a lack of confidence in Jose Mourinho's ranks.

"I think everybody's looking at Chelsea week on week and expecting them to turn it around. What we're hoping is that this isn't the week that they're going to do that," he commented.

"We need to make sure we make it as difficult for them as we can, and also try to pose them problems. They don't look confident at the moment, and we've got to try and take full advantage."



Neil is surprised at the toils endured by the London club, who eased to the title with an eight-point cushion last year - and he's confident that his players can pick up a result.

"It's bizarre. They were league winners last year, and now they're struggling all of a sudden," he added.

"I'm sure Jose will be better positioned than me to understand where his problems lie, and how he needs to try to fix them.

"There's something to exploit with every team. With Manchester City, we could have walked away with a point and even three if we were fortunate. If we can go and do it there, there's no reason why we can't compete and do well at Chelsea."

City ended their own barren run before the international break as Jonny Howson's second half header saw off Swansea City at Carrow Road.

A tactical upheaval worked for Neil on that occasion, and he affirms that from a setup point of view, he will remain flexible depending on the circumstances.

"It will be based on each individual match. We'll mix and match depending on who we're playing, and what we think the best opportunity is for us to get three points," he said.

"I've had success based on attacking football, going to press high and go after teams, but tactics are tactics - they're changeable, and players can adapt pretty easily.

"There should be pressure every week that we apply to ourselves, because we've got an expectation about what we should be delivering.

"We'll be confident and we'll go into the game with a real desire to pick up points."



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