Man City v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: Sunday, 21 September
Kick-off: 16:00

After a midweek draw in the Champions League against Schalke, this afternoon sees us up against the defending Premier League champions at the Etihad. City come into the game five points behind us after taking only one point from the last two league games and they lost to Bayern Munich midweek, so Pellegrini will be looking to get back on track.
We’ve had a pretty decent start to the season, with Fabregas and Costa combining almost effortlessly at times in attack. It’s too early to get over excited though and given we’re leaking a few goals unnecessarily, it’s games like this that will really test us.
City meanwhile, undoubtedly haven’t quite found their stride but given
their four-game record is the same as a year ago – before they bear United 4-1 on this weekend, I think they’ll be confident enough.

Going into today’s game, City manager Manuel Pellegrini says “I always try to think of positives, so I hope we are not going to lose and we not going to go eight points behind Chelsea. I think we were unlucky in the last two games – against Bayern Munich in the way we lost with that goal and against Arsenal we deserved to win the three points. But things happen. We must win our next game at home and with that we will be two points behind the leader. That for me will be a very good start after playing Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea. That is why it is important to win on Sunday.”
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho meanwhile, says “We respect City totally because they deserve it, but we believe in ourselves. The perfect situation is to score a lot of goals and not concede, and we have to chase that perfection. It’s one more game, it’s three more points, but obviously when matches are between title contenders every point makes a difference.”
Whilst on Costa’s involvement in today’s proceedings, Mourinho confirms “Diego is not in the best condition, but he will start the game. He plays this game; he cannot play against Bolton [in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday]. It’s as simple as that. I know clearly that we have to try to protect him until he gets completely fit.”

For City, Stevan Jovetic (hamstring) and Fernando (groin) are confirmed absentees, whilst Edin Dzeko (back) will face a late check. Frank Lampard may be asked to play some part in today’s game, with Pellegrini as bothered about scoring points as winning them it seems.
For Chelsea, we’ve no reported injuries to concern us and Diego Costa is expected to start.

CITY (Possible line-up): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernandinho, Milner; Nasri, Touré, Silva; Agüero.
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Schürrle, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.

Man City 0-1 Chelsea (3rd February 2014)

• City are looking for their first league win in three matches;
• City only dropped five points at home last season
• It’s over four years since City went two matches without a home win in the Premier League;
• City haven’t conceded a league goal before the 63rd minute so far this season.
• Chelsea are vying to start a Premier League season with five straight wins for the fourth time.
• Chelsea took 16 points out of a possible 18 against the other teams in the top four last season
• Chelsea have won 11 Premier League matches away at Manchester City, more than any other team.
• Chelsea condemned Manchester City to a first home Premier League defeat of the season last February. That result completed the league double over City.

We might have been the only visitors to beat City at the Etihad in the league last season but the last time we started a season this well (2010) our run ended with defeat there. To my mind, we looked a far too casual in the Champions League midweek and our failure to capitalise on a dominant first half performance allowed Schalke back in for the draw. City won’t even let us off that lightly.


One Response to “Man City v CHELSEA: Preview”

  1. hahahahahaaaaa. Lampard 😀