Chelsea play without a striker vs Man City

Man City vs Chelsea

Man City came into the Blues game after an amazing seven days.

Last weekend Guardiola won his first trophy in England as City beat Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final.

On Thursday night City beat Arsenal 3-0 again in the Premier League.

And Chelsea? They came into the City match on the back of a defeat at Man United last weekend.

Chelsea are fifth in the league as their top four hopes are beginning to dwindle.

Man City & Chelsea: Team sheets

When the team sheets came out they read as follows.

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Gundogan, D Silva, Sane, Aguero, Bernardo

Subs: Bravo, Stones, Kompany, Danilo, Jesus, Yaya Toure, Foden

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro.

Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Emerson, Chalobah, Giroud, Morata.

Team sheets: Man City vs Chelsea

No Vincent Kompany or Danilo

The two changes in the Man City XI saw Oleksandr Zinchenko and Aymeric Laporte come into the defence.

Danilo and Vincent Kompany made way.

With Man City back in Champions League action this midweek, many have wondered if Guardiola was going to make more changes against Chelsea.

But it’s worth noting are already 4-nil up against Basel in their Champions League tie. So City’s progression through to the quarterfinals seems a lock.

No Alvaro Morata or N’Golo Kante

The big call from a Chelsea point of view was that Alvaro Morata was out the XI.

Eden Hazard was again deployed in a false nine role.

And where was N’Golo Kante? The Premier League’s best midfielder was also out the Chelsea squad on Sunday, meaning Danny Drinkwater started.

Reports are that Kante missed the City game due to illness.

Also see: Man City’s shock Andres Iniesta move.

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