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W2W4: Mourinho returns; MLS Decision Day

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 By Michael Cox

Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte near tactical solutions after transition phase

Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge, but will Diego Costa steal the show like he did last season?
ESPN FC's Liam Twomey expects a tense tactical battle between Chelsea and Man United at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte has made several tactical changes to the Chelsea defence. The FC panel break down his ideas.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Mark Donaldson assess whether Mourinho's job at United is the toughest in the Premier League.

For Chelsea and Manchester United, it's all about the word "transition."

These days, transition has come to mean the shift between defence and attack, or attack and defence -- the moment when possession changes hands, when one side can launch a break and the other has to think suddenly about stopping it. It was the main coaching buzzword a few years ago, and gradually became accepted in common football parlance.

On Sunday, with neither Chelsea nor Manchester United likely to insist upon possession...

A revitalised Victor Moses is enjoying life at Antonio Conte's Chelsea

It's been a breath of fresh air for Victor Moses under Antonio Conte, as he seems to now be thriving at Chelsea.
The guys address your tweets about Raheem Sterling, Victor Moses and the Americans who could join Bob Bradley at Swansea.

LONDON -- After three years as a Premier League nomad, Victor Moses is finally back where he always wanted to be.

And as he sits in a room overlooking the sun-drenched first-team training pitch at Chelsea's Cobham training complex, there is more than a hint of indignation in his words at the fact he has been made to wait this long.

"I'm delighted to be back," Moses told ESPN FC. "I thought I did well in my first season here, but due to circumstances -- a manager going, a manager coming in -- I wasn't...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Jose Mourinho returns to face Chelsea, Manchester City's Southampton test

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop tries his hand at Premier League predictor, but does he expect a stalemate at the Bridge?

Jose Mourinho returns to former club Chelsea with Manchester United on Sunday having struggled to break down Liverpool in the 0-0 draw at Anfield, but seeing his side score four against Feyenoord.

Arsenal are flying high after their demolition of Ludogorets, which was their seventh win in a row in all competitions, and will hope add to that streak against struggling Middlesbrough, while leaders Manchester City take on Southampton hoping to get back on track after their humbling at Barcelona.


Jose Mourinho's top 10 moments as Chelsea boss at Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge, but will Diego Costa steal the show like he did last season?

As Jose Mourinho prepares to face Chelsea for the first time as Manchester United manager, ESPN FC runs through his top 10 moments at Stamford Bridge:

10. Return of the Special One (Chelsea 2-0 Hull City, Aug. 18, 2013)

Mourinho's decision to come back to Chelsea in the summer of 2013 reinvigorated supporters who had been alienated by the imposition of Rafa Benitez as interim boss the previous season. Hull City were the visitors to Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the new Premier League campaign...

Jose Mourinho leads Man United into Stamford Bridge; MLS Decision Day

The ESPN FC crew have little faith in Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte sending their squads out to attack on Sunday.

Ahead of a busy weekend of football worldwide, the ESPN Stats & Information team break down five storylines to follow on Saturday and Sunday.

1. Manchester United's manager Jose Mourinho makes his first trip back to his former club Chelsea after being fired in December of last year. Chelsea have not lost against Manchester United in the last 10 meetings in all competitions (since October 2012). That same morning, Manchester City, winless in their last four games after winning their first 10 games...

Unknown reception awaits Jose Mourinho on Stamford Bridge return

ESPN FC's Craig Burley says with the shortage of defenders, it's natural Chelsea are eyeing up Alessio Romagnoli.
Antonio Conte has made several tactical changes to the Chelsea defence. The FC panel break down his ideas.

It is a fair bet that on Sunday afternoon, the sight of Jose Mourinho on the Stamford Bridge touchline will trigger a wider range of emotions than ever before among Chelsea supporters.

He has returned as an opposition manager before, of course -- with Inter Milan in March 2010, when not even eliminating Chelsea from the Champions League at the round of 16 stage could prevent many inside Stamford Bridge from chanting the name of their idol in exile.

But this has a rather different feel. Mourinho...