CHELSEA v Manchester City: Preview

Date: Saturday 8th December 2018

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

 

 

 

Maurizio Sarri said he was “very worried” after Wednesday’s debacle, I was pretty worried too, I just expressed it in different terms.

Some will have pointed to the penalty not given, others will say it was the foul on Willian completely missed before they scored, but the bottom line is we simply caved – to a side who’d lost five of their last six. We strolled in a first half where we had so much possession nine tenths of the law would’ve said it was ours and yet we managed a solitary goal because our players just don’t seem to like having to try too hard.

The unbeaten run is behind us, as is much of the style with which we played in our early games, and defeat will always come hard when the football isn’t even attractive enough to disguise the blemishes. So, City’s visit today couldn’t be coming at a worse time really.

Guardiola has had long enough and been invested in enough to shape his side into a well-oiled machine and even without the likes of De Bruyne and Aguero, they still have much more quality available to them than any other side in the Premier League.

That being the case, it’s strange that so many pundits are predicting a fairly tight game in terms of score-lines. Of course they could be basing that on our record of not losing at home in the league to reigning champions in 11 attempts, or maybe they haven’t really been watching us all that closely this season because if they had, they’d have seen the cracks widening with every game.

Sticking plasters aren’t going to help us today.

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri says “I knew very well that sooner or later we have to face difficulties. When you change the way of playing, the way of football, you need to change the mentality. You need to change the mentality in 25 minds, so it’s not a short way. It’s very difficult. We have a problem to manage the match at the moment. In the last two matches we played well for 55, 60 minutes, then the first difficulty we went in blackout. We didn’t react as a team, but as 11 players – in 11 different ways. So it’s a big problem.”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola meanwhile, says “Tomorrow is another huge demanding test for us. How will they react after losing? I can imagine how intense, committed they will be. I have been to Stamford Bridge many times and I have won once, last season; always I lose there. They are a good side, a really good team. When you see the XI and the people on the bench, they are a real contender.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, there appear no new physical injuries to report although mentally, we’ll probably be shot to pieces. We can expect Jorginho and David Luiz to return after they were rested for the midweek mess of a game. Ross Barkley is back in contention after an ankle injury.

For Manchester City, Kevin De Bruyne isn’t ready to return and thankfully Sergio Aguero remains out with an injury. Oleksandr Zinchenko (facial injury) is doubtful.

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard

MAN CITY (Possible line-up): Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho, Bernardo; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

 

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 0-1 Man City (30th September 2017)

 

CURRENT FORM (PL)

CHELSEA: WWDLWL

MAN CITY: WWWWWW

 

OTHER STUFF

  • City have won the last three meetings in all competitions
  • City have not conceded in our last three meetings
  • Chelsea have lost only four of their 21 Premier League home matches against City.
  • Chelsea have won only four of their last 10 games.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in all eight-home league fixtures this season.
  • City are unbeaten in 21 league games since April, winning the last seven.
  • City are unbeaten in their last 14 away league matches

 

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Chelsea 0-2 Man City

Sky Sports: Chelsea 1-2 Man City

Sportsmole: Chelsea 1-1 Man City


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