Chelsea roundup: Kurt Zouma could be used to stop Marouane Fellaini

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Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could attempt to stop in-form Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini with defensive ace Kurt Zouma on Saturday afternoon, reports the Daily Mail.

The Red Devils travel to Stamford Bridge in tremendous form after six straight victories, with Belgian international Fellaini playing a key role under Louis Van Gaal of late. 

However, Carragher, who was speaking on Monday Night Football last night, believes Mourinho will come up with a new tactic to stop the United power-house. 

"I think there's a case for bringing Zouma into midfield, maybe get him on Fellaini, because Matic is left-footed and he won't want to put him on the right side of central midfield.

"I imagine he will maybe play Ramires instead of Willian and tuck him right in to fill spaces around there. (Mourinho will) play Zouma as more like a third centre back, but slightly ahead of (Gary) Cahill and (John) Terry just to look after Fellaini.

"I'm convinced he won't allow the space and the problems they cause down that left side to happen. He will set up and stop it, I'm convinced of it."

With Fellaini causing havoc of late, it certainly won'tbe surprising if Mourinho takes special measures to stop him at the Bridge. 

Courtois silenced critics 

Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois believes he silenced his critics as the Blues kept a clean-sheet at Loftus Road against QPR this past weekend. 

The Belgian international has endured a tricky time at Stamford Bridge of late, however has insisted that he never doubted himself.  

“I never doubted that I can catch the ball," Courtois was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard. “Against Hull, I just tried to make the best solution. It was not the best control, but in the second half of that match I showed that I am mentally strong and I saved the team.

“Against Stoke, if you want to play high as a team, you as a goalkeeper have to play high as well. Charlie Adam did a good strike and that can happen."

Mata excited for Chelsea return 

Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has admitted that he's looking forward to returning to Stamford Bridge this weekend. 

The former Blues ace, who left Chelsea in January of last year, will return to the Bridge for the first time in the red of United, and he's insisted that it will be a special game for him. 

Writing in his blog, the United man stated: "From this Monday we are already thinking about our next ‘final’, a visit to the leader of the Premiership.

"Needless to say that it’s going to be a very special game for me. I already played against Chelsea in the first half of the championship, but going back to Stamford Bridge for the first time will bring me plenty of good memories, for sure.

"The day I arrived to this great club I wrote: “Gratitude is the memory of the heart”. And I keep thinking the same.

"At that time I had the chance to thank everybody who helped me in London during those two and a half years, and next Saturday it will be nice to meet former team-mates, fans and friends. I keep good memories of them and I wish them the best."

Chelsea fans: What do you think the score will be against Manchester United this weekend? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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