Sun. Jan 23rd, 2022

Pep Guardiola has made six changes to Manchester City’s match against Chelsea as he names a strong starting XI at the top of the table.

Men’s team

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The Catalan revealed that his side had been affected by new COVID-19 cases prior to the match, but with more players returning, he is able to include 16 recognized first-team players in the match squad.

Ederson, John Stones, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling all come on the field after missing the FA Cup victory over Swindon Town, while Aymeric Laporte has been restored in the starting line-up after being an unused substitute against Robins.

Zack Steffen, Ruben Dias, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus fall on the bench, but Nathan Ake and Cole Palmer lack full fitness and miss out completely, as does Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has been injured.

The young quartet of Luke Mbete, James McAtee, Romeo Lavia and Josh Wilson-Esbrand complete the squad of the match day.

TEAM

TOWN: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo, Foden, Grealish, Sterling.

SUBS: Steffen, Dias, Gundogan, Jesus, Fernandinho, Mbete, McAtee, Lavia, Wilson-Esbrand.

CHELSEA: Kepa, Azpilicueta (c), Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Sarr, Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Ziyech, Pulisic; Lukaku.

SUBS: Bettinelli, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Saul, Havertz, Werner.

ALL SMILES: Wonderful start!

Men’s team

De Bruyne excited about the Chelsea showdown

Formation

The selected players suggest that City will line up in Guardiola’s preferred 4-3-3 formation.

Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo will start at right and left back, respectively, both sides of the Stones and Laporte.

Rodrigo will sit deepest in midfield, behind Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva, while Foden, Sterling and Grealish complete the front line.

Who of the trio playing through the middle is still unknown, where all three have at times been deployed in that role this season.

Turn the table

City were three points and four places behind Chelsea at the top of the league as we went on to win impressively at Stamford Bridge in September, but the Premier League landscape looks markedly different ahead of this, the 50s.th meet in the competition between the two sides.

The defending champions enter the match on the back of a winning streak of 11 matches, while Tuchel’s men have lost points on seven occasions in the same period to turn a five-point lead into a 10-point deficit.

The Chelsea boss declared City as the ‘benchmark’ in England at his pre-match press conference, and although there are plenty of matches left to play, a win for Guardiola’s team would certainly weaken the German’s hopes of catching a team he believes is the best . in the country right now.

And for City, a victory over the second-placed European champions would provide a significant boost of confidence in our attempt to win a fourth title in five years.


As it says

English Premier League

1

Manchester By

Man City

22

17

3

2

53

13

40

54

WWWWW

2

Chelsea

Chelsea

22

12

8

2

45

16

29

44

THAW

3

Liverpool

Liverpool

20

12

6

2

52

18

34

42

WWDLD

Men’s team

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Statistics and facts

  • This is the 50th Premier League meeting between the sides. We only got three wins in the first 25 showdowns, but have since won 12 of 24.
  • This is just the second time we meet as the two best teams in the Premier League. The second came in January 2015, when City in second place got a 1-1 draw against league leaders Chelsea.
  • City have won 11 Premier League matches in a row. Only Preston in 1891-92 and Liverpool in 2013-14 have won 11 or more matches in a row and have not gone on to win the top title.
  • Guardiola has lost eight games as manager against Chelsea, more than against any other club.
  • Chelsea have lost points in seven of their last 11 league games and have turned a five-point lead over Manchester City into a 10-point deficit.
  • Chelsea’s victory at the Etihad last season is Thomas Tuchel’s only victory in six career matches against Pep Guardiola.

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