Jose Mourinho must go on the attack against Bayern

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After Chelsea held Manchester United to a goalless draw Old Trafford on Monday night, some questioned the negativity of Jose Mourinho's tactics after the Portuguese coach didn't start a recognised striker.

However, on the face of it, a point away at the champions can be deemed a very good result for the Blues as it kept their unbeaten start to the Premier League season in tact.

Tonight, Mourinho has another huge task, he comes up against old enemy Pep Guardiola, whose now in charge of treble winners Bayern Munich. And, as the 'Special One' looks to win his first trophy in his second spell as Chelsea boss in the European Super Cup, just how will he attempt to do it?

Mourinho could resort to very similar tactics to how his side lined up at Old Trafford - playing without a striker and proving very difficult to break down.

Or, he could go on the attack.

He's seen that a defensive approach can work against a top side, so why not test his side's attacking credentials tonight. Chelsea certainly can't do much worse than how they performed in the same match last year when a certain Radamel Falcao took them apart.

Mourinho will have a few disgruntled strikers at his disposal after their snub for the Old Trafford game. What better opportunity for two of Romelu Lukaku, Fernando Torres or Demba Ba to show their worth in a Blues shirt. If Mourinho shocked everyone and went for two strikers tonight, then they could repay him in goals.

More realistically though is that Mourinho will revert to one player up top. And, with Samuel Eto having recently joined the side, whichever striker is picked must take their chance.

Perhaps tonight is the night Lukaku can finally show what he can bring to the London outfit. His power and speed could provide a difficult challenge to Bayern's defenders. Bayern are a tight, strong unit and very difficult to break down, but when attacked can be beaten. 

In Guardiola's first competitive game in charge of the Bavarians, he saw his side ship four goals to Borussia Dortmund. That night, Dortmund went for it and proved Bayern can struggle when teams take the game to them.

An attacking move by Mourinho would be a gamble, but would also show his attacking stars that he trusts them to win games on the biggest stages. It could give his players added confidence ahead of another Champions League campaign.

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