Petr Cech warns Chelsea about Manchester United's new manager bounce

Chelsea legend Petr Cech has warned Thomas Tuchel’s side about Sunday’s Premier League visit from a potentially more motivated Manchester United side.

Some Chelsea fans would argue that there is arguably no better time to face Manchester United than this weekend.

Manchester United had had three defeats in November before they eventually sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and appointed Michael Carrick as a caretaker manager.

They finally secured their first win this month in the 2-0 win over Villarreal in midweek, but it was not exactly a comfortable win either.

On the other hand, Chelsea have had four wins in four games during the same period, including the 4-0 over Juventus on Tuesday.


Cech, however, believes Manchester United’s new manager bounce could pose problems for the Blues.

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“We have a saying in Czech: ‘the new broom sweeps better.’ It’s always tricky when you play teams with a new manager,” the Chelsea technical and performance advisor told the club’s official website.

“That’s what our next opponents Manchester United will be hoping for on Sunday: when you get a change of manager, you always have a reaction.”

Cech pointed out that those Manchester United players who have not played a lot under Solskjaer will want to prove a point. Meanwhile, those who have been playing will be under pressure to keep their spot.

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Chelsea potentially face a ‘more motivated’ Manchester United side

“It gives everybody a new incentive and new motivation to perform well,” he added.

“There is a change in energy, and this is what creates difficulty for the team who is facing them.

“The only worry is you might find a team who is more motivated, and gets a bit more confidence at the beginning.

“Otherwise it’s up to you how well you play, how well you adapt, and how well you control the game.

“If you do that, it doesn’t matter who the opposition is. Just look at the Juve game.”

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