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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri spoke ahead of today’s clash between the Blues and Manchester City, who bounced back from their unexpected defeat at Newcastle with two comfortable wins against Arsenal and Everton last time out.

The Italian boss, speaking at a press conference, said: “You know very well that the midfield of Manchester City is one of the best in the world, with Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, David Silva”

“Technically I think they have the best midfield in Europe at the moment so it will be very difficult to be in control of the match, but I think the match is more than just the strikers”.

Sarri added: “They are able to play if you can stop Fernandinho and I think we are able to play also if you stop Jorginho. We have options. Maybe they have more options than us because they have worked on this for three seasons, but I remember in Naples it wasn’t a big problem if there was a man on Jorginho, so I hope it will be the same here in the future”.

“Of course, we have another striker, but we can make other decisions and maybe we will play with a false nine. I have to decide, the situation is not unlike in the other matches”.

On his rival Pep Guardiola: “I expect his team to always want to be in control of the match and always be in possession of the ball, and they are able to do it so it is a very difficult match”.

“We are used to having the ball possession and today it will be very difficult, so maybe we will have to defend lower. We will try to play our football, but if they are able to play their football, of course you have to stay lower. In the first match, they were able to press us in our half, it wasn’t a choice, it was a necessity and I think this match will be the same.

“We were lucky to score and then in the second half, especially in the first 20 or 25 minutes of the half, they gave us spaces, so it was a little bit easier”.

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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has confirmed that Chelsea clash will be crucial in the race for Premier League title as Antonio Conte is set to face Pep Guardiola’s men today at Stamford Bridge.

We all know the game will be very tough, we’ll be playing against last season’s champions and I’m sure it will be a nice game, they have top class players and a win will be perfect for us, obviously”.

Fernandinho added: “Although they didn’t start this campaign on the right path, they are a great team with excellent players, they are a powerful side. It’s going to be a very tough away match but we are ready to play. We are living a great moment in Manchester. The squad is performing well and we are happy”.

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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is confident the Citizens can still catch Chelsea at top of Premier League table despite the Blues are currently leading 10 points clear at the top.

“When you have this desire to win, to win, to win, I would not feel comfortable losing a title, – Fernandinho told Sky Sports – We have to believe, I still believe. We all know the Premier League is so tough and many, many things can happen – right until the last game of the season”.

“We have Stoke and it’s always difficult to play against them. After that we have Liverpool and then Arsenal and Chelsea.

“So I think this month is going to decide if we are going to be up there new the top of the table or not.”


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Chelsea could face a potential point deduction following last week’s ugly scenes at the end of the Manchester City clash, sparked by Sergio Aguero’s horror challenge on David Luiz.

This could happen because the Blues were involved in this kind of episodes too many times in the past years.

When Antonio Conte was asked about this in his post-match press conference, he replied:

“Are you joking? If you’re involved in a situation and the fault is not yours, why must you pay? I don’t understand. My players tried to keep the calm. We are trying to improve in all aspects. You must be honest to understand when there is a fault of one team or both teams.

“In every game you fight a lot during the 90 minutes and then when the ref blows his whistle you finish. I don’t know what happened in the past but I know what’s happening in the present. My players tried to keep the calm.”

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Manchester City players Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho will face a three and four-game bans, respectively,  the FA has confirmed.

The Argentine striker was sent off after a horror tackle on Chelsea defender David Luiz, while the Brazilian midfielder was shown red following an altercation with Cesc Fabregas.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola defended Fernandinho, while remained coy about the decision on whether to start Aguero or not against Celtic in Champions League tomorrow night.

“There will be changes tomorrow, definitely,” he said. “I am so happy to give minutes to people who deserve to play and who did not play in the last games. 

“If Sergio is going to play or not, I am going to decide today or tomorrow. I don’t know at the moment.”


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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola analysed his team’s defeat against Chelsea.

First of all, he gave his opinion about Aguero’s horrible challenge on David Luiz in the injury time:

“It was not intentional, I don’t think so. If it’s a red card, it’s a red card. We accept that,” Guardiola said in his post-match press conference.

It’s a pity it finished like this. It’s the way the referee decided but it’s a pity. I don’t like that, I apologise for what happened. Fernandinho went to defend his team-mate.”

“We didn’t win because we missed a lot of chances, not because of the referee. Never in seven years have I blamed that referee,”

“My team have to be proud of what they did and the way they tried to play. In the box we are not strong enough. We arrive in the box and don’t score, the opponents arrive and they do score.”


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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini showed his satisfaction when interviewed after the 3-0 win over Chelsea and particularly praised the man who made it possible, the hat-trick scorer Sergio Aguero:

“He [Aguero] is the best striker of this league, he’s a very important player, it’s strange that in so many years he’s played here he’s not the best player of the league.”

On City’s overall performance, Pellegrini added:

“I’m satisfied because I think the team played very well in attacking and defending. When we have all our players fit and playing all of them together, it’s another team.

“We knew before the game that Chelsea would be difficult but we also wanted revenge for the FA Cup game we had to play here with a young team and they beat us 5-1.

“I think tonight was a complete game and very important points for the Premier League because we want to finish as near to the top of the table as we can.

“I think it was a big performance for the team when you have good performance of your team because you also have very high individual performances. Not only Kevin [De Bruyne] and Aguero, I think [Eliaquim] Mangala also played very well, Fernandinho played very well, Jesus Navas worked lots.”


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CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Baba Rahman; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro; Diego Costa.

Subs: Begovic, Miazga, Matic, Kenedy, Traore, Pato, Falcao.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

MANCHESTER CITY – Hart; Zabaleta, Mangala, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure (c), Navas, De Bruyne, Nasri, Aguero

Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Demichelis, Fernando, Delph, Bony, Iheanacho.

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini


Referee: Mike Dean

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Kick Off: 5.30 pm GMT

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Starts Fernandinho and ends Caballero; the League Cup goes to Manchester with the shiver of penalties

In the name of Caballero, as well.

The second goalkeeper of Manchester City had played all the matches of League Cup, then the Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini decided to keep traditions rewarding him a first-string place also in the final against Liverpool of Jurgen Klopp. And he didn’t disappoint the expectations, because thanks to his three saves during the “lottery” of penalties the Citizens succeeded in raising up the trophy.

Has been an incredible and really pleasant game, in which both teams offered a spectacular winning desire with many opportunities to score from the first to the last minute.

Fernandinho opened the score with a brilliant foray and a likewise powerful shot, even if Mignolet can’t be considered free of guilty because of his late leap. Then two massive gol attempts sensationally failed by the ex-Liverpool Raheem Sterling, “hosted” from his former supporters with whistles during all the match.

Then on the thin ice came the draw score for Liverpool, accomplished by Philipe Coutinho after an huge gol attempt for Lallana; extra time and lots of chances, but no one has more strength to definitively finalize matters.

On the penalties starts Emre Can, who scores with a perfect lob, then a missed penalty for Fernandinho. Jurgen Klopp is already testing the taste of win when Leiva, Coutinho and at last Lallana all missed their opportunities from the spot.

Moral of the tale: Manchester City can glee again and Liverpool is still waiting his time to return to the old glory. “You’ll never walk alone” was the last chant of the match, as usual, even if we were at Wembley.

LIVERPOOL 1 – 1 MANCHESTER CITY (1-3 after penalties)

Scorers: 49′ Fernandinho (MC), 83′ Coutinho (L).
I rigoristi: Can (L) goal / Fernandinho (MC) missed / Lucas (L) blocked / Navas (MC) goal / Coutinho (L) blocked / Aguero (MC) goal / Lallana (L) blocked / Yaya Tourè (MC) goal.
LIVERPOOL (4-4-1-1): Mignolet – Clyne, Lucas, Sakho (25′ Kolo Tourè), Moreno (72′ Lallana) – Milner, Henderson, Can, Coutinho – Firmino (80′ Origi) – Sturridge. All. Jurgen Klopp.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Caballero – Sagna (91′ Zabaleta), Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy – Yaya Tourè. Fernando (91′ Navas) – Fernandinho, Silva (110′ Bony), Sterling – Aguero. All. Manuel Pellegrini.


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