Manchester City could close out the 2021-22 Premier League with 16 games to go if the defender can beat second-placed Chelsea at home on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s side are 10 points ahead of their closest rivals thanks to an 11-match win after Chelsea lost six points late in the game and lost at the same time.
After a strong start to the campaign, Chelsea’s rise was temporarily disrupted by a combination of COVID-19 cases and injuries. Despite the European champions’ relegation, a win at the Etihad Stadium could revive his hopes within a few days of his Carabao Cup final.
Chelsea had Man City number one last year after manager Thomas Tuchel took over from the Blues in January 2021. A few weeks later, he led the Blues to a Champions League final with City and a FA Cup final.
The Manchester City team bounced back slightly this season with a 1-0 win over Stamford Bridge in September on March 6. But his biggest draw was to knock Chelsea out of another Premier League match. Chelsea won the EPL final in 2016-17; Man City have three wins in the league since then and a fourth is probably not behind if the result goes on Saturday.
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Man City vs. Chelsea goals for a lifetime
(All times Eastern)
7 minutes: On the other hand, it is Raheem Sterling beating Marcos Alonso and the Chelsea man is being held. All of these Man City players have been a problem at Chelsea.
4 minutes: Man City’s Grealish was about to beat Azpilicueta on the ball at the top and goalkeeper Kepa had to get off his line, throw the ball and pull his teammate off the corner of Man City. Nothing comes of it. It will be interesting to see if Man City want Azpilicueta in this game.
1 min .: When the players knelt down, Chelsea chased us away.
7:29 am: Teams are on the field, benches greet each other. This game is about to start.
7:09 am: Here is Thomas Tuchel’s quote from Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech at Mason Mount.
Tuchel in launching Ziyech & Pulisic at the top of the Mountain: Christian & Hakim because of their new legs and because they are faster runners than Mason. We thought about it [playing a false nine] to maybe make a little more but I think it might fit in with Romelu. ” #MCCHE
– Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) January 15, 2022
6:52 pm: The lines have come out and explained in full (with subs) in the next section. There are surprises on both sides with Ruben Dias (Man City) and Jorginho (Chelsea) on the bench to start the game. Man City has a number of high school players in the middle of the subs.
5:42 pm: Here’s another thing that could kill time before the game: Rio Ferdinand sat down with Kevin De Bruyne:
“It’s six games. The difference can be 13, 10 or 7. So that’s a big difference.”
– Rio Ferdinand (@ rioferdy5) January 15, 2022
5:30 am: Extreme praise from Pep Guardiola, who is said to have learned from Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel: “They make world football even better.”
Man City coach Pep Guardiola has been lashing out at Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel this weekend 🙌 pic.twitter.com/TKodzFgsH3
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 14, 2022
Man City vs. Chelsea are expected to play
Manchester City will not have any players because of the COVID-19, but the club has not named them. Middle back John Stones it is also available and takes on the role of captain Days of Ruben , who often appears on the bench. Jack Grealish is back in the XI starting with Riyad Mahrez away from AFCON 2022 and Algeria.
On the day of the match we learned that Oleksandr Zinchenko and come out and knock after missing two matches due to COVID-19. Also missing from the squad is Nathan Ake , Cole Palmer and Kayi , but no reason has been disclosed so far.
Man City Beginners (4-3-3, right to left): 31-Ederson (GK) – 2-Kyle Walker, 5-John Stones, 14-Aymeric Laporte, 27-Joao Cancelo – 17-Kevin De Bruyne, 16-Rodri, 20-Bernardo Silva – 7-Raheem Sterling, 47-Phil Foden, 10-Jack Grealish
Man City (9): 13-Zack Steffen (GK), 3-Ruben Dias, 97-Josh Wilson-Esbrand, 79-Luke Mbete, 25-Fernandinho, 8-Ilkay Gundogan, 90-Romeo Lavia, 87-James McAtee, 9-Gabriel Jesus
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has no new concerns about the move, which is good news for the Blues. But the team is still missing Recece James (door), Trevoh Chalobah (door), Ben Chilwell (ACL mountains), Edward Mendy (AFCON 2022) and Andreas Christensen (COVID19 DISEASES).
American winner Christian Pulisic he can play in his favorite part in the front, right jorginho , Mason Mount and Kai Havertz starting on the bench.
First at Chelsea (3-4-3, right to left): 1-Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – 2-Antonio Rudiger, 6-Thiago Silva, 31-Malang Sarr – 28-Cesar Azpilicueta, 7-N’Golo Kante, 8-Mateo Kovacic, 3-Marcos Alonso – 22-Judge Ziyech, 9-Romelu Lukaku, 10-Christian Pulisic
Chelsea Sponsors (9): 13-Marcus Bettinelli (GK), 12-Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 17-Saul Niguez, 18-Ross Barkley, 5-Jorginho, 20-Callum Hudson-Odoi, 19-Mason Mount, 29-Kai Havertz, 11-Timo Werner
How to View Man City vs. Chelsea
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 15
- Time: 7:30 am ET
- TV: –
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Saturday’s match between Man City and Chelsea from the Etihad will be broadcast on NBC, Peacock, USA.