Date: Sunday 12th November 2023
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 16:30 GMT
Well Monday night was a bit mad, wasn’t it?
Literally a game that had everything packed into it, 5 goals, 5 more disallowed, 2 red cards and a 4-1 win away. Bonkers! Unfortunately, we don’t get to play Sp*rs every week and today’s late game sees us at home to the current Premier League champions, and they’re not the sort of team that implodes.
City sit top of the table compared to our 10th spot, have 27 points from 11 games so far, and whilst they’ve lost 3 of their last 6 away in all competitions, we can’t find goals at home, so it’s no real surprise our home form is woeful. We’ve had one win in 13 at Stamford Bridge and obviously we haven’t beaten City since the Champions League final in 2021.
Still, Erling Haaland has only managed 67 goals in 70 games for City, so it’s not like he’s going to trouble Sanchez is it?!
Going into today’s game, Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino, says “For me [City] is the best team, the best coaching staff, the best manager. We need to praise, we need to tell the truth, it is the best or one of the best organisations in the world. When you show the results it’s because you are doing things top to bottom really well. We need to give credit to all of the organisation. It’s going to be a challenge, we want to compete against them, I think we are going to try and compete our best, and what we want is three points, they are important for us.
Chelsea is never the feeling of the underdog. The feeling always is you are Chelsea. When you say Chelsea it is impossible, the history is there. I think we cannot go and say we are the victim on Sunday, we need to go and try to be a protagonist. Monday going to Tottenham and finish the game 4-1 showed we have character and talent to compete and fight with the best clubs in England. Now it’s about bringing that confidence that will for sure will help us to be more competitive.”
Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, says “They [Chelsea] are getting better, new club, new players. Sooner than later, they’ll be a top contender, the quality in all departments is there.
Again, any comment about Chelsea, I’m not there but always we remind ourselves, last day we qualify it’s normal, celebrate. I said to the players to celebrate because one day maybe we won’t be there. If we stop doing what we do or the opponents are better than us, we won’t be there. What you did in the past doesn’t mean you can’t go down, and the down is always there. If you are aware of that you are closer to being consistent in Europe for many years.”
For Chelsea, Wesley Fofana (knee), Christopher Nkunku (knee), Romeo Lavia (ankle), Ben Chilwell (Hamstring), Trevoh Chalobah (hamstring), and Carney Chukwuemeka (knee) are all injured. Enzo Fernandez is a doubt, whilst Armando Broja (knee) is available for selection.
For Manchester City, John Stones, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Gomez are injured but Manuel Akanji (back) is fit.
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Sanchez; James, Disasi, Silva, Colwill; Fernandez, Caicedo, Gallagher; Palmer, Jackson, Sterling
MANCHESTER CITY (Possible line-up): Ederson; Dias, Ake, Gvardiol; Walker, Rodri, Kovacic, Doku; Silva, Alvarez; Haaland
Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City (5th January 2023)
CURRENT FORM (PL)
MANCHESTER CITY: WLLWWW
- Manchester City have won 1-0 in each of the past four Premier League meetings.
- Chelsea have won three of their past five league games.
- Manchester City have 27 points after 11 league games.
- Chelsea have 8 home league defeats this calendar year.
- Manchester City have lost three of their last six away games in all competitions.
- Chelsea’s only win in the past 13 home league games was 3-0 versus Luton in August.
- Chelsea have failed to score in nine of their 18 home league fixtures in 2023, including three of the last four.
Sportsmole: Chelsea 0-2 Manchester City