Man City vs Chelsea
Saturday’s marquee Premier League fixture will see Manchester City and Chelsea face off at the Etihad.
The tie marks a huge one for both outfits, for differing reasons.
Man City, who currently sit 13 points clear of 2nd-placed Manchester United, will secure their 3rd Premier League title in five years if they manage to pick up a win against Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are still fighting for a top-four finish.
At present, the Blues sit 4th in the English top-flight table, two points adrift of Leicester City in 3rd.
However, West Ham, who have a fairly handy run-in to the campaign, are only behind their London rivals by three points heading into the weekend’s action, meaning Chelsea really cannot afford to drop points.
Thomas Tuchel on Mateo Kovacic
Ahead of Saturday’s game, Thomas Tuchel held his latest pre-match press conference this afternoon.
The German discussed a number of topics, including team news.
And the same group of players who managed to best Real Madrid in midweek look set to be available to the Blues once again, with Tuchel having confirmed that Mateo Kovacic remains sidelined. The Croatian, though, could return to face Arsenal:
“For the injury list, it doesn’t change too much. Kova is out but we hope to bring him back for Arsenal and then hopefully for Wembley. It will be tight for Arsenal but for tomorrow he is out. Everyone else is ready.”
The Chelsea boss was also full of praise for Pep Guardiola in his press conference:
“If you play against Pep you know the most difficult game has arrived because he has coached the best teams in Europe and he leaves his footprint and style of play. His teams are always super hungry to win and he transforms them into a winning machine.
“It was like this at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Man City. They are the benchmark in the Premier League but it is our job to close the gap for 90 minutes. Once you arrive against Pep you know the level is high and you have to be at your best coaching level to give your team full confidence and play at the best level.
“They are used to winning and are a very regular team at the highest level. It’s another big challenge tomorrow.”
Quotes via football.london.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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