Mikel, Song to do battle on Boxing Day

Imanuel Jannah
By Imanuel Jannah December 25, 2014 09:03

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African stars Daifra Sakho and Alex Song will come face to face with Nige­ria’s Mikel Obi when West Ham face Chelsea on Boxing Day.

But, according to West Ham striker Andy Car­roll, their manager Sam Allardyce knows how to beat top managers in the English Premier League. Facing Jose Mourinho is a daunting task, but one that the West Ham players feel confident about consider­ing their manager’s pedi­gree.

Mikel is expected to start in deep midfield and if he does will come face to face with Cameroon star Alex Song, which will be a battle to keep an eye on.

Allardyce was set to go head-to-head with master tactician Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, with West Ham 11 points be­hind the Premier League leaders.

Carroll, who earlier in December said West Ham was capable of winning the league, hailed Allar­dyce’s leadership of the Upton Park club ahead of their London derby with Mourinho’s men.

“He knows how to beat managers, their tactics,” Carroll said.

“He knows what they are going to do against us. It’s just a game of chess, really, looking a move ahead.

“It is different tactics, different teams. He’s not the same every week. Dif­ferent things. Obviously he wants a win, but you’ve got to watch the teams, how they’re playing, how we’re going to break them down and win the game.

“He’s got loads of dif­ferent ways of attacking, we’ve got loads of dimen­sions to go forward. We can do anything. That’s what our qualities are at the minute.”

West Ham had won nine in 17 this term to occupy the final UEFA Champions League spot, and the former Newcas­tle United and Liverpool striker said their surprise form came down to Al­lardyce’s shrewd transfer work.

Allardyce brought Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal), Mau­ro Zarate (Velez Sarsfield), Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town), Enner Valencia (Pachuca), Diafra Sakho (Metz) and Alex Song (on loan from Barcelona) to the club in the off-season.

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Imanuel Jannah
By Imanuel Jannah December 25, 2014 09:03